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"How did you come up with the name Charming? Did you want it to have a Mayberry feel?" Sutter was asked.

"There was a town in northern [California] called Pleasanton. That was the inspiration for the name," Sutter replied. "And yes, it was about Mayberry. I loved the idea of juxtaposing the outlaw subculture against the iconic American values. That's why I chose Opie, Floyd the barber... and at least three more Mayberry references in the series."

Mayberry was the town in which "The Andy Griffith Show" took place.

Sutter has answered several other questions about the show recently. He asked this week why Jax decided to take his own life at the end of the series.

"I think so many things factored into that fateful decision," Sutter replied. "Tara, Gemma, his father, the club... but mostly it was about ending the lineage of Tellers being associated with the outlaw life. The mayhem had to end with him. He did not want his sons to follow in his path. It's why he told Wendy to tell his boys that he was a monster. A murderer. He never wanted them to romanticize the life the way he did. He wanted his Abel and Thomas to create a new branch in the Teller family tree. An honest, peaceful branch."


Sutter, who also created the "Sons of Anarchy" spinoff "Mayans MC," was also asked what the biggest challenges with going back to work post-pandemic will be.

"I’d like to talk about the creative first," he said. "I’ll talk all about what I think those points of contact are and the adjustments that need to be made. But I think the bigger issue, almost is from a creative standpoint. How do you address it? Because you don’t want to hit people over the head with it, right? They’ve just come out of it. They don’t want to be overwhelmed with it, but you can’t ignore it, right? It would be disrespectful to the people who have suffered loss," he continued.

"I think initially, especially with shows that are, you know, present-day, it’s going to be a challenge. I don’t know how Elgin [James, his Mayans M.C. co-creator] is going to do it with Mayans. It’s a tricky thing."

"Even 9/11, if you had a show that wasn’t impacted by some sort of security risk, you didn’t really have to address it, and it wasn’t disrespectful," he said. "But this is something that has affected the planet. You have to acknowledge it, but it has to sort of be a light touch, and I think that’s going to be a really tricky thing creatively. And that might ultimately be the bigger issue than any of the product."

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