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'Sons of Anarchy's' Mark Boone Junior on Bobby's Bloody Journey (Q&A)
Sons of Anarchy's wild final ride took a sad turn on Tuesday's episode.
[Warning: Spoilers from the Tuesday, Nov. 4 episode of Sons of Anarchy.]
Longtime SAMCRO member and voice of reason Bobby Munson (Mark Boone Junior) met his bloody end during the episode, when August Marks shot him in the head. This was after Bobby has been beaten nearly to death, had his eye taken and his loyalty tested.
THR spoke to Boone ahead of the episode's premiere Tuesday.
Have you seen the episode?
Boone: I just finished it a couple hours ago. Truthfully, I was very surprised by my reaction to it. It really affected me. I have been killed many times in movies, but I did not expect to feel the way I did when I watched this. I really was ripped wide open.
Are you happy with the way Bobby's story ended?
Boone: Like if he went deep-sea fishing and hooked a shark and got grabbed by a shark? Not sure if that would have been better. I have to say this was a pretty honorable and sort of reflective of Bobby's strengths. He was a stalwart character throughout the seven years. I don't think he was a huge fan of violence, but every one of the older sons has a lot of blood on his hands. You fight by the sword, you die by the sword. It's definitely a possibility. As Chibs says in this episode, Bobby knew the risks, there's no question about that.
What was it like shooting that final scene?
Boone: I'd say it was a fairly sad and somber day. There wasn't a whole lot of acting required by Tommy [Flanagan] and David Labrava — literally tears and mucus streaming out of his face. We're pretty close. It even has some affect on me right now talking about it.
It does seem like you're all very close after being on the show for seven years.
Boone: Seven years of long 90-hour weeks. It's a fairly large, strong commitment, and the nature of the commitment in this series drew us together in even stronger ways than most television series do. The horror of some of the things that we had to do and go through on this show definitely had a profound affect on you psychologically. We definitely look to each other to survive them.
Do you watch the show?
Boone: Making the show and seeing it, the experiences are really different. I've seen most of them. But, truthfully, I'm so exhausted. There were years when I could not do anything but come home and sit with nothing, no outside anything. I just wanted to be left alone. That's how exhausting this show was at times, psychologically and physically. A couple of these seasons, it was so brutally hot that I felt that I was experiencing heat stroke for two to three months continuously. But I'm sure I'll see the end of this storied tale.
What do you think the legacy of this show is?
Boone: The fans of this show are maniacs. They are unbelievable. Every fan I run into, and there are many everywhere I go, they express tremendous sadness and disappointment that this show is not continuing.
I expect a lot of fans will be shedding a few tears when they watch tonight's episode.
Boone: I hope that for the rest of my life the first thing people say to me is, "Oh, you've got two eyes!" I've already encountered a tremendous amount of that.