With Sons of Anarchy behind them, FX and Kurt Sutter head in a completely new direction with Mr. Sutter’s latest television offering, The Bastard Executioner.
Bastard Executioner touches on the medieval flavors of Game of Thrones, making this a huge departure for Sutter. Set in early 14th century Wales, Bastard Executioner is the story of Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones), a knight who gave up the sword to settle down with his wife. Of course, things don’t go according to plan, and Brattle is thrust into a plan for revenge.
There’s more mystical motives at work here as well, from angelic visions to more direct guidance of Annora, a Slavic witch with shady motives played by Katey Segal. Segal is an obvious connection to Sons, and Sutter (she’s his wife), but here she’s full of visions told through flashes of time.
Opening with a two hour premiere, Bastard Executioner lays the rich groundwork of a new series that has just as much promise as Game of Thrones. There’s a large cast of characters, hinting at numerous future directions. There’s plenty of violence to go around as well, although with too much of a background in character it can be a bit overwhelming. Still, the show’s pacing and direction becomes clearly defined by the end of the pilot block. I can’t wait to watch this world expand.
Mix it all together and you’ve got a great new series in the making. If that’s not enough, it’s exciting to see a talent like Mr. Sutter taking on a new challenge and departure from more modern settings. Bastard Executioner is intriguing enough to be worth your time.
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