If you haven’t seen the new season of Mayans MC on FX, it’s time to catch up. Not only has the Sons of Anarchy club reared its ugly head once again, but there’s also a very surprising face appearing in the latest episode. The new Mayan season has been one of the most tumultuous, with internal grudges ripping through the prestigious club and seemingly hopeless on the horizon.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for the fourth episode of Mayans Season 4, “A Crow Flew By.” If you haven’t seen it, stop now.
While the Sons of Anarchy approved of going to war with the Mayans over the long-dead Son back in Season 2 – and the club are now at war with themselves – one of the most exciting moments most came in the form of a new character Introduction. AEW wrestler CM Punk, who has also appeared on Starz’ Heels, has officially entered the Mayan MC universe.
At a barbecue with military veterans, Gilly (Vincent “Rocco” Vargas) sits at a table with a friend from his service days – and that vet is none other than Punk. It’s an interesting scene that explores the dynamics of veterans’ lives and will likely continue in some form throughout the rest of the season. Finally, Mayans host Elgin James confirmed to GameSpot that this is not Punk’s only appearance on the show.
What you might wonder, however, is how this casting came about. As it turns out, James and Punk (Phil Brooks) run in the same circle.
“Frank edge, man,” 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 about this guy. We have to find something. ‘”
Fast forward to Season 4 of the Mayans and James and his team built this role specifically for Punk. “We actually crafted this for him,” he said. “We knew we wanted to get into the story with Rocco and get it right with the veterans. And then we were like, ‘Well, what’s the right material to tell this story? And here it is. perfect opportunity to finally work with Phil. He’s the man.”
And, thankfully, he’s just what the show needs. Given Vargas’ history as a soldier in the US Army for more than a decade, it was important for both James and the actor himself to accurately explore the lives of veterans. According to the host, that includes Vargas and other veterans who work for the show sharing their stories with the cast on the day of filming.
James said: “They knew well what they were going to bring and were really emotional before that first day of shooting, Rocco talked to him for about an hour. “We have some other veterans on the show as well and you’ve seen that there. And it’s pretty nice, they’re talking about their experience back and some of the challenges they’ve faced. Because So the weight was put on Punk’s shoulders to do this right. And of course, no one else would want that burden because that guy was just a barbarian. He carried it, not just home. physically but also emotionally.”
Mayans MC airs every Tuesday on FX.