EW’s scoop on “Mad Men” season five arrives in the next issue (on newsstands March 9). Here’s a peek at the goods from cast members Elizabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks and show creator Matthew Weiner. The two-hour season premiere airs on AMC March 25.
The story picks up after a “healthy time jump, and you may need a few minutes to get your bearings,” says EW. Weiner states: “I want people to feel like they’re going to visit their best friend, and they open the door and everything’s been going on without them; the story is on page 30 when they open the door, so they’ll have to catch up.”
Moss: “I was completely, completely surprised by season 5. For a few of the characters that have big things happen to them this year—big surprises and changes—the audience is going to look back and go, ‘He said that in episode 1! Or they hinted at that in episode 3!’ It’s a brilliant writing season.”
Hamm: “This season is about getting everything back on track. The company is where we left it. It’s in a bit of disarray. We get to see more of everybody doing their job. Peggy, Pete [Vincent Kartheiser], Roger [John Slattery], Lane [Jared Harris], Harry [Rich Sommer], Ken [Aaron Staton]—everybody’s reinvigorated.”
Slattery: “It’s funnier. It’s sadder. It’s just amazing. Maybe it’s because you know these people a little better than you did before. But not as well as you think.”
Hendricks: “There is no show without Matt. He is the show. And I think the people renegotiating with him knew damn well that’s the truth.”
Weiner: “Season 5 was the most exciting, easy, confident experience we’ve had on the show.”