One year ago on this day (9/25) Sons aired its most brutal and heartbreaking episode Laying Pipe in which Ryan’s character Harry “Opie” Winston dies.
Fans in the States and now around the world felt unmeasurable pain as they grieved for television’s most beloved character.
Many of us still ask why Sutter made that fateful decision to write off such a strong yet conflicted character like Opie and although it’s has been explained we still cannot come to terms with the decision. SAMCRO lost its most cherished Son.
Today we’ll honor Opie and remember the complex yet dynamic soul he was by posting photos, art and anything Opie related throughout the day.
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Ryan Hurst Admin Team
When a beloved character dies on a popular tv show or in a popular book, fans often “keep them alive” through role play and fanfic. This is possible because these fans and their characters operate in an alternate universe. One where, in spite of all the explanations and the force of will of the show-runner or author, characters like Opie, can and do have a different destiny.
Keeping a character alive after they leave the canon work is not easy. It requires creativity and a very strong sense not just of character but of storyline. Done well, however, the SLs of “dead” characters, whether as ghosts or alternate versions of themselves, can be some of the best and most powerful RP around.