Jon Hamm has been discussing the hugely anticipated finale to Mad Men, and he’s revealed that there could be a happy ending in store for his character, Don Draper.
Shooting on the final batch of episodes for the drama drew to a close several weeks ago, and now its creator, head-writer, and executive producer Matthew Weiner is currently completing post-production on the lauded show.
As you can imagine, Hamm made sure that he didn’t reveal too much regarding Mad Men’s conclusion, but his words hinted that it might end quite well for Draper, while he also insisted that there will be many surprises over the course of the final episodes.
During a discussion with the Daily Telegraph, Hamm explained, “I can’t spoil anything, but there are surprises. In the last episode, Waterloo, the agency [SC&P] was sold to McCann Erickson; now things are looking up.”
The final episode of the first half of season seven, which was entitled Waterloo, featured the death of Bert Cooper. This proved to be the catalyst for Roger Sterling, who sold his 51 percent majority in the company to rivals McCann Erickson, but orchestrated a deal for himself which meant that he now basically ran the company. This allowed Don to keep his job in the firm, something that various other partners had been trying to cajole him out of.
Ahead of the latter half of the season, Don’s position within SC&P is all but confirmed, while he has also been able to rebuild his relationship with his protege, Peggy Olson, but his marriage to Megan didn’t manage to survive her relocation to Los Angeles. Draper is still clearly struggling mentally though, something that was obvious during the infamous last scene of Waterloo which saw him envision Bert Cooper dancing to him from beyond the grave and singing about how money doesn’t make the world go round.
During his discussion with the Telegraph, Hamm was asked to explain why Mad Men had been so successful, but he failed to find a reason for its reaction. “I can’t explain its success,” he admitted. “For whatever reason, when we started the show there was a parallel between the show’s world in the early Sixties, the post-Eisenhower era in American culture, politcs and society, the rise of Kennedy – and the beginning of the Obama era. On one could have planned for that. It just happened.”
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