FX has renewed Sons of Anarchy for a sixth season before the fifth season has even begun production. According to reports Kurt Sutter has signed a three-year overall deal with Twentieth Century Fox TV and FX Productions, which included a sixth season renewal. The deal will also allow Sutter to develop new projects for both broadcast and cable networks including a script deal for FX, who now counts Sutter as its longest-running writer.
The deal will allow Sutter to plan out the series future at his own pace without worrying about week-to-week Nielson ratings; Sutter has said he has a plan for seven seasons. “There’s a part of me that does see being able to tell this story in seven seasons, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to say, ‘That’s it,'” he said. “I almost feel like when you hang that kind of finality and put a period on something, there’s almost a backlash that happens with the fan base. If there’s more story to be told after seven seasons and if financially it’s still a feasible endeavor, I’m definitely open to doing more.”