Exclusive: Taryn Manning Returns To ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

Taryn Manning on FX's 'Sons of Anarchy'

Taryn Manning on FX's 'Sons of Anarchy'

The third season of FX’s gloriously gritty ‘Sons of Anarchy’ will feature the return of wild Cherry.

Taryn Manning (‘Drive’) will reprise the role she created during Season 1 for at least three episodes, Fancast has learned exclusively.

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The encore comes as a bit of a surprise, seeing as series boss Kurt Sutter indicated on Twitter in February that Manning’s role on CBS’ new ‘Hawaii Five-O’ had effectively waylaid a storyline he had mapped out for her return.

Said story arc, I have since learned, introduces the oft-mentioned Belfast charter of SAMCRO, populated in part by Keith McGee (to be played by Aussie actor Andrew McPhee, ‘Pirate Islands’) and Liam O’Neil (Arie Verveen, ‘Sin City’). Liam, a source tells me, is “involved” with Cherry.

A CBS rep did not respond to inquiries about Manning’s current status with ‘Hawaii Five-O.’ Originally, she was cast as Mary Ann McGarrett, the sister of O’Loughlin’s Detective Steve McGarrett. The character however does not appear in the finished pilot.

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Manning last appeared on ‘SOA’ in November 2008. At that time, Cherry revealed to Gemma that 1) her real name was Rita, 2) she was still “sorta married” to an abusive husband, and 3) she was wanted for grand theft and arson. After narrowly escaping police custody and saying goodbye to boyfriend Half-Sack, she went on the run and disappeared.

FX’s acclaimed ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ premieres its third season in October.

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