Season 6 has 3 areas of concern:
What’s up with that:
And now season 6’s deviation theme is expressed through:
In season 6, you want to destroy as many things as you can. Places, lives, ideas. Tear down as much as your story can handle.
You’ll commonly find two different flavors of destruction:
This is a kind of unintentional destruction.
We see a lot of this in season 6 of Sons of Anarchy.
At the end of season 5, Otto killed a nurse. Turns out that was a big mistake. Her brother, a former U.S. Marshal, has the influence to make Otto pay for his mistake. He spends the season tearing Otto down, and eventually ending his life.
Or we’ve got the biggest “mistake” in all of S.O.A.: Gemma kills Tara. Because she thought the doctor had flipped on the club. She hadn’t.
That’s a huge mistake.
This is a kind of intentional destruction.
Let’s take a look at season 6 of The Shield.
At the very end of season 5, Shane killed Lem in a desperate attempt to protect the Strike Team. He destroyed part of the team, to save it. Season 6 plays out the ramifications of this decision. Mackey is on a warpath to find Lem’s killer, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. And with every lie that Shane tells to keep Mackey from the truth, more destruction piles up.
Shane chose to kill Lem, he chose to hide the truth, and now it’s causing nothing but massive, reckless, destruction.
So when putting season 6 together, be sure to investigate your deviation theme via destruction. That’ll usually take the form of intentional or unintentional destruction. Or to look at it another way: mistakes and decisions.