Rockmond Dunbar, who plays Eli Roosevelt on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, didn’t think he’d be staying around on the show for more than a few episodes, but now in his second season on the show, his character is going through quite a bit of turmoil.
To discuss what happened to his character’s wife as well as the rest of the season, Dunbar recently participated in a conference call with reporters. Here’s two of the highlights:
(Spoiler ahead for episodes that have already aired.)
On what sets Sons of Anarchy apart from other shows. “The average–that we probably kill about six people every time the show comes on. I don’t know any other show that does that unless a plane crashed or something, but it’s just so intense. I remember the writing on Prison Break during the first and second season was so good because they painted characters in a corner, and you never knew if they were going to be able to get out. I didn’t know if there was another show that could basically be like that and keep its intensity, but in the fifth season, Sons is continuing to do that.”
On how his character’s wife’s death will affect him this season. “This dude is spiraling out of control, and he’s literally taking no prisoners. He’s lost everything that he built his life for. He took a job close to home where he thought that would bring his relationship to his wife a little bit closer. They’re trying to have a baby. She finally gets pregnant and then she’s killed. He has nothing. He has absolutely nothing. So, what do you do when you’re stripped away and who are you when you’re stripped away with all those things that you think created your life. So a lot of characters really need to be careful and to look out for this guy because he’s on the edge.”