What did you think of Venus and Tig from the newest episode of Sons of Anarchy? Let me know in the comments, but in the meantime check out what Walton had to say about it to TV Guide!
“Tig was in a place where he needed someone he could depend on and he called for the person who understood him better than anyone,” Goggins says. “Tig instigated [the kiss] and I think it was a line that Venus wasn’t willing to cross in Season 5 with him, but their relationship went in a different direction and they became very close friends. And when intimacy is in the room, more often than not, romance follows, no matter who it is. It’s no different for someone in the LGBT community as it is for a heterosexual. That’s what I thought was so inspiring about that for me.”
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Although Goggins admits that Venus was scared at first (“The hesitation was, ‘Oh my God, I have feelings for this guy, and is this really happening? Do I want to cross this line? Because I don’t know if I can stop if I do cross it,'” he says), he says it’s important to understand the bond Tig and Venus share — one that has mostly developed off-screen.
“Wounded people attract wounded people,” Goggins says. “When you have been alone in the world and you find someone who makes you feel less alone in a positive way — regardless if that’s man, a woman or a transgender — that’s the person that you call home. What [creator Kurt Sutter] was able to do was measure it out in significant moments so that you felt the history between these two people and you felt the countless nights they’ve shared a bottle of champagne sitting on Venus’ deck just talking about life. When you have someone who understands your pain and you understand someone else’s pain, that’s what it’s all about.”
And the relationship may not stop there. Goggins will return again in this season’s 10th episode. Can we expect even more intimate moments for Venus and Tig? Whatever happens, it certainly made an impression on Goggins.
“It was the one of the most cathartic, one of the most important things I’ve ever done as an artist in 22 years,” he says. “It was one of those moments that you do this for. It was sublime and what it says about Venus and Tig is as beautiful and poetic as anything I’ve ever seen. You’ll see them in a way you’ve never seen them before.”