The Internet has had Megan Draper marked for death on Mad Men for weeks, and finer minds than mine have put together some pretty convincing evidence to prove their point.
But in the words of Dustin Rowles, crackpot theories have proven to be crackpot after all, as Mad Men creator poured cold water on everyone’s Season 6 predictions with an off-handed “No one’s going to die.”
“It’s just not part of the show. No one’s going to die,” Weiner said in a roundtable interview, with Elisabeth Moss (Peggy) chiming in that fans are “barking up the wrong tree.”
Well, if not this season, could someone in Mad Men end up biting the big one? “I didn’t say never!” Weiner laughed.
But the Sharon Tate/Megan Draper theory is still pretty persuasive, especially given that a specific wardrobe choice couldn’t just be a coincidence. Oh, it is then.
“Yes, Sharon Tate wore that t-shirt, but that was just my costume designer Janie Bryant and I solving an argument,” Weiner revealed. “Women’s t-shirts had not come into fashion. I always wanted Megan in a Disneyland t-shirt and Janie kept saying, ‘They’re not around yet.’ So I said, ‘There’s got to be a women’s t-shirt,’ and Janie brought [the photo of Tate] in and asked, ‘Is this OK?’ And I said, ‘Yes. I want that exact t-shirt.’ Little did I know …”
Jessica Pare, who plays Megan Draper in the show, was ambivalent about her character’s potential death in a recent interview of her own:
“I think that was the idea in finding that t-shirt — something that we had a reference that somebody had worn at the time,” she carefully said. “And if there was any significance beyond that, I don’t know, you’d have to ask Matt.”
On Twitter, Mad Men‘s costume designer Janie Bryant fueled fan speculation about Megan’s possible death:
— Janie Bryant (@JanieBryant) May 27, 2013
It’d be nice to take Weiner at his word, but how can this all be a simple coincidence? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but leave us your Mad Men theories in the comments below.