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Walton Goggins Returns to 'Sons of Anarchy' for Final Season

July 3, 2014, 4:40 am GMT

The 'Justified' star will reprise his role as transgender escort Venus Van Dam in the upcoming season 7.



"Sons of Anarchy" is bringing back Walton Goggins in the next season. Series creator Kurt Sutter announced the news on his Twitter page, writing, "I am very happy to report that in season 7 of SOA, THERE WILL BE SOME MUTHAF****N' VENUS!" referring to Goggins' transgender character Venus Van Dam.

The actor, who also stars as Boyd Crowder on FX's "Justified", first appeared as the transgender escort in season 5. His character Venus helped the club blackmail someone. Goggins revealed he proposed the idea to play a transgender character to Sutter.

"He texted me while I was filming [Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'] down in New Orleans, and he said, 'Were you serious?' " he recalled. "I said, 'About what?' He said, 'Are you going to play Venus Van Dam?' I said, 'Have you written it?' And he said, 'Yes.' I said, 'Send me the pages.' "

He told Entertainment Weekly, "And I just fell in love with her immediately. It was really important to both of us that we really go there, we make her a three-dimensional person with feelings. Sassy, sweet, smart, and beautiful."

He reprised the role in season 6, this time Venus sought help from SAMCRO to save her son from her child-porn-producer mother. Goggins, who recently guest starred on "Community", said in October, "I wouldn't be surprised if you see her again before this show is done. I'll just say that."

"She's like a drug for me," he added. "And I think she's like a drug for Kurt. Kurt and his writing staff did such a good job of creating this woman who is as strong as they come and now simultaneously as vulnerable as they come. I just... I miss her. I missed her the day that we wrapped, and I miss her now. I hope to be six inches taller than some of the members of the gang on 'Sons of Anarchy' again, but we'll see."

The seventh and final season of "Sons of Anarchy" will debut this September on FX. Marilyn Manson is tapped to guest star as a white supremacist named Ron Tully, who is dubbed the "prison shot-caller."

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