Mad Men‘s finale got different reactions from the fans: some of them were touched to the core, and the others simply laughed at the unexpected twist at the end of the last episode. However, it was a legitimate ending, which brought satisfaction to the audience for several reasons.
Firstly, according to the New York Post, the Mad Men finale paid tribute to almost every important character that appeared in the series.
“There was the elevator encounter with Don’s (Jon Hamm) one-time mistress, Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini). Glen Bishop (Marten Holden Weiner) came to say goodbye to Sally (Kiernan Shipka) before shipping off to Vietnam. Duck Phillips (Mark Moses) popped in long enough to finagle Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) a new job at Learjet. Don ended his soul-searching in California with the help of Stephanie (Caity Lotz Caity Lotz), Anna Draper’s niece. Even the ghost of Bert Cooper (Robert Morse) made an appearance as Don hallucinates while driving cross-country.”
The second reason is the fact that though there were many tearful moments in the last episode, the ending still left some home for the main hero, Don Draper. Jon Hamm, the actor who played this role, shared his thoughts on the ending with New York Times.
“My take is that, the next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man. And so, this thing comes to him. There’s a way to see it in a completely cynical way, and say, “Wow, that’s awful.” But I think that for Don, it represents some kind of understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led.”
The last reason why fans are overall satisfied with the ending is that, well, the last episode provided them with the feeling that the series is complete. The Inquisitr reported that this TV show had a very decent ending.
“At least the Mad Men finale didn’t leave us with that empty feeling so many viewers felt at the end of The Sopranos, which some viewers felt ended abruptly with no real closure. Although that was the point of the Sopranos finale, that Tony will have to watch over his back forever, at least Mad Men fans are left understanding the fates of their favorite characters.”
Man Men might not be the most popular TV show. However, it provided us with interesting details on the advertising field of the 1960s and had a very distinctive atmosphere. And it is very comforting to realize that the Mad Men finale did not spoil the impressions from the series itself.