‘Mad Men’ Creator Has an Ending in Mind
“I always felt that it would be the experience of a human life. A human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don is going to die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like… It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you.” said Weiner.
Could the show fast forward for its final sequence to the modern day? I really like the image in my head of an elderly Don Draper walking through a modern Time Square filled with advertising technology that he couldn’t even fathom back in the 1960s.
We still have three seasons to go before the show ends (season seven will be the last) but its still fun to imagine how the story of Don Draper will come to an end. If the show sticks to the 1960s for the rest of its run what could be a major event that changes everything? The company is going to have to make creative adjustments for the Vietnam War as well as Richard Nixon. However the event that sticks out to me the most is the 1969 moon landing (one small step for man, one giant leap for the advertising industry?).
Character wise I really want to see Betty Draper suffer before the end. The “happy ending” couple of the show should be Roger and Joan. Pete should get out of this business and go live far away from the city. These are just my opinions and I am sure Weiner will do far better than I am here.
One this is for certain, the ending of Mad Men sounds like it will be far less ambiguous than the ending to another little show Weiner worked on called The Sopranos. I am glad though that this show has something to work towards, rather than the writers guessing. With an ending in mind, and the fantastic writing staff involved with this show, Mad Men should never feel misguided or sloppy as we head into its later seasons.
But for the time being get your nicest suit back from the cleaners, whip up a drink, and light a cigarette, we still have got a long way to go following the life of Don Draper, and what a ride it should be.
original source: http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/11/15/mad-men-ending-matthew-weiner/
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