The Bastard Executioner: Why I still don’t know if I’m going to watch it

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER (Image Credit: Ollie Upton/FX)

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER (Image Credit: Ollie Upton/FX)

Fall TV is nearly here. And I’m not quite sure what it is I’ll be watching yet. One show that I’m greatly debating is the newest epic from FX mastermind Kurt Sutter, The Bastard Executioner.

Set in the early 14th century, a knight in King Edward I’s army is broken by the horrors of war and vows to lay down his weapon. But when violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all: an executioner’s sword. Dun dun dunnnnnn. So far the trailer intrigues me, the cast intrigues me and the story overall intrigues me. Alas, I am still on the edge about whether or not I’ll watch. And here’s why:

I’m Still Not Over SOA

Although it’s been nine months since Sons of Anarchy rode off into the sunset (or into a truck, if you saw the finale) I’m still not over it. I LOVED that show. More than I should have. More than it made sense. I was emotionally attached to every single character on that show. It was just so good. Not to mention watching Charlie Hunnam on screen every week was also pretty amazing. To say I miss that show would be an understatement. I’m already considering rewatching the whole series because I miss it.

Kurt Sutter is Messed Up
One thing I learned from SOA is that Sutter has a deep, dark, scary brain. A brain that creates sinister and twisty storylines. And I honestly don’t know if I can handle that kind of intensity again. Or at least not yet. I’m still recovering from seeing several of my favorite characters die horrific deaths in SOA. Who knows what would happen in a show where the title has “executioner” in it.

My TV Time is Precious
Now that I’m a mom, my TV watching time is limited. So I save it for really good things. And lately it’s been shows that I can watch multiple episodes in the span of a nap. Or shows that aren’t too loud to wake up my sleeping kid. I have a feeling there will be a whole lot of noise in The Bastard Executioner that may just have to wait until my kid is a more sound sleeper.

In any case, just because I don’t know if I’ll hop on board the Executioner train, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Sutter is a great writer and knows his stuff. This show will probably be great. And bloody. And intense. And goodness gracious here we go again.

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