Mad Men fans can watch live online to see the eagerly awaited final episode of the acclaimed drama that has captured the imaginations of its small but devoted and vocal following since it premiered in July of 2007.
The 92nd and last episode of the seven-season series that follows a group of New York advertising executives from 1960 until 1970 airs Sunday night on the AMC cable network — but there are several possible ways to watch the Mad Men finale if you can’t get to a TV, detailed below.
Mad Men has never attracted a large audience. Ratings for the final seven episodes, the last of which airs May 16 have been mostly typical of the whole series. The premiere of Season Seven Part Two in April drew a total of 3.6 million viewers watching either live or in re-airings and legal downloads.
The number of viewers who watched that episode on the same day that it aired was estimated at 2.27 million
The highest-rated premiere episode of a Mad Men season was the debut of Season Five in 2012, which pulled in 3.5 million same-day viewers.
By comparison, the CBS Network crime drama CSI garnered 9.41 million viewers for its Season 15 premiere — and was then cancelled.
Fans who watch the Mad Men finale live online will finally learn the fate of Don Draper, the brilliant but haunted advertising creative director portrayed on the show by 44-year-old actor Jon Hamm.
Speculation has been running wild about where the series will leave its anti-hero. While many fans expect Don to die in some horrible way, that fate seems unlikely. One critic proposes the theory that Don Draper will leave the United States behind and start a new life in Italy.
“Did you know that two American ad agencies — J. Walter Thompson and McCann Erickson — played a large role in influencing advertising in Italy in the 1970s? It’s well-suited to his talents. It’s a place where he can start all over. It’s a place where he can raise his kids, while being close to Sally,” wrote Dustin Rowles of Uproxx.
Esquire magazine envisions Draper attending the funeral of his cancer-stricken ex-wife Betty as the hit song “American Pie” plays on the soundtrack — though that would require the finale jumping ahead to 1971 — while a writer for Medium believes that Don will morph into the legendary airline hijacker D.B. Cooper.
Cooper was a mystery man dressed in a suit and tie who hijacked an airliner in the Pacific Northwest in 1971, then parachuted out of the plane never to be heard from again.
“(Don Draper) was designed to be an answer to one of the great mysteries of the 1970s,” wrote Medium‘s Lindsey M. Green. ”The answer to the question, ‘What makes someone do something like that?'”
Unfortunately, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has already denied the popular “Don as D.B. Cooper” theory.
Subscribers to the Comcast Xfinity cable service can use their login credentials to watch a live stream of the Mad Men finale Sunday night at 10 p.m. at this link. Viewers with a Time Warner Cable login can use this link to see the real time Mad Men stream.
Mad Men fans can still watch the final episode online — for free. Simply sign up for a subscription to the internet TV service Sling TV at this link. For a fee of $20 per month, the bundle of channels includes AMC — and Mad Men. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subcribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the Mad Men finale live online.
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