If you’re not watching Mayans MC’s new season on FX, it’s time to catch up. Not only is the Sons of Anarchy club rearing its ugly face once again, a very surprising face appeared in the latest episode. Mayans’ new season is one of their most turbulent yet, with internal grudges tearing the title club at its seams and seemingly without hope on the horizon.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for the fourth episode of Mayan’s Season 4, “A Crow Flew By.” If you haven’t seen it yet, stop now.
While the Sons of Anarchy have agreed since Season 2 to go to war against the Mayans over the dead son – and the club is currently at war with itself – one of the most interesting moments came in the form of a new character introduction. AEW wrestler CM Punk, who has also appeared on Starz’ Heels, has officially entered the Mayans MC universe.
At a barbecue with his military veterans, Gilly (Vincent “Rocco” Vargas) sits at a table with a friend from his service – and the veterinarian is played by none other than Punk. It’s an interesting scene that explores the dynamics of veterans’ lives and will likely continue in some form for the remainder of the season. Finally, Mayan’s MC showrunner Elgin James confirmed to GameSpot that this isn’t Punk’s only appearance on the show.
What you might be wondering is how on earth did this casting come about. As it turns out, James and Punk (Phil Brooks) move in the same circles.
“Straight edge bro,” James explained to GameSpot. “We’re both in the straight edge world. We met a few years ago and I was like, ‘Yo, I have to do something with this guy. We have to find something.’”
Fast forward to Season 4 of Mayans, and James and his team created this role specifically for punk. “We actually did it for him,” he said. “We knew we wanted to go into the story with Rocco and do justice to the veterans. And then we were like, ‘Well, what are the right ingredients to tell this story? And then finally this is the perfect opportunity to work with Phil. He’s the man.”
And thankfully, he’s exactly what the show needed. Given Vargas’ history as a soldier in the US Army for over a decade, it’s important for both James and the actor to properly research the lives of veterans. According to the showrunner, that included Vargas and other veterans who work for the show and share their stories with the cast on the day of filming.
“They knew what they were up to and it was really emotional before Rocco spoke to him for about an hour on the first day of shooting,” James said. “We had some other veterans with us who are also on the show that you saw there. And it’s quite nice, they talk about their experiences coming back and some of the challenges they face. So the weight was on Punk’s shoulders to get this right. And of course there’s no one else you want that weight on because that guy is just a savage. He just made it, not only physically but also emotionally.
Mayan’s MC airs Tuesdays on FX.
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