Let us now overanalyze them for hints of what’s to come. The black and white shots feature the (surviving) members of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce — including Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Stanton), Harry Crane (Rich Sommer), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) — at a party, where Don Draper (Jon Hamm) appears a little overwhelmed by the ladies in his life, Betty Francis (January Jones), Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) and Megan Draper (Jessica Paré). Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) sits alone, with her former boss hovering over her — still in her life, or just casting a metaphorical shadow?
There’s actually no need to place too much weight on marketing materials — while tight-lipped as usual about the upcoming season, creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner has let a few details out, including that the show will once again skip forward in time and that all of the cast (save Jared Harris) would be returning. Yesterday, he also confirmed to the Daily Beast that upcoming season would be the penultimate one for AMC’s acclaimed drama, and that the pair of episodes making up the two-hour April 7th premiere would be “a movie unto themselves.”