If you’ve been following the FX hit Sons of Anarchy, you don’t need us to tell you that Charming’s San Joa Lt. Eli Roosevelt is headed down a dark path. Still, actor Rockmond Dunbar hinted at his character’s downward spiral in a recent interview.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead for those who missed last week’s episode, “Small World.”
Roosevelt announced himself in last week’s episode his intention to put himself on a collision course with SAMCRO following the death of his wife and unborn child at the hands of former president Clay Morrow and his band of nobody home invaders. In a conference call with ComicBookResources, Dunbar admitted that audiences will see a different side of his character in the coming weeks, though he was short on specifics.
“I can tell you, he definitely invites evil into his world,” Dunbar said. “This dude is spiraling out of control, and he’s literally taking no prisoners. He’s lost everything that he built his life for.”
Continuing, Dunbar explained where Roosevelt is at and how he got there:
“He took a job close to home where he thought that would bring his relationship to his wife a little bit closer. They’re trying to have a baby. She finally gets pregnant and then she’s killed. He has nothing. He has absolutely nothing. So, what do you do when you’re stripped away and who are you when you’re stripped away with all those things that you think created your life. So a lot of characters really need to be careful and to look out for this guy because he’s on the edge.”
Though the Sons of Anarchy episode “Small World” saw Roosevelt talked off the ledge by president Jax Teller, the audience knows that Clay is behind the home invasion that killed the Lt.’s wife, even if the characters at large don’t know it yet. Teller’s uneasy alliance with Roosevelt will likely soon fall apart, as the Lt. might not differentiate between Teller’s Sons and Clay’s faction.
“Oh, yeah, [creator] Kurt [Sutter] would like literally jump into my trailer tonight and scare me if I told you that one,” he said. ” You don’t want to blink. You don’t want to blink on this one. The way that they position the character, the suspense that they have with the storytelling is going to pay off and really worth wait; definitely.”
Dunbar is still filming, but admits that he doesn’t know his character’s fate yet:
“I never know what’s going to happen until I get to the read-through and sit down with Kurt and the rest of the cast members and go through the script; I don’t know,” he said. “I didn’t know last year. I thought I was going to die after 10 episodes; a horrible death. That was it, but I’m here, and I signed on to do six episodes and ended up doing about eight. My character is finding a nice little arc.”
Are you a Sons of Anarchy fan? What do you think will happen to Rockmond Dunbar’s Eli Roosevelt?