“Mad Men” capped off its sixth and
perhaps most divisive season Sunday evening on a surprisingly uplifting
note given the wringer of hell the AMC series has put Don Draper, and us,
Surely this was the most emotionally turbulent “Mad
Men” finale in years, an episode filled with much upheaval even amid an
already incident-heavy season that was beginning to resemble the daytime soap
opera Megan Draper had a dual role in. Written by Matthew Weiner and Carly Wray
and directed by Weiner, (SPOILER ALERT) “In Care Of” ended not with Megan’s death a
la Sharon Tate, but with three main characters (Ted, Pete, Megan) decamping to
California as a hasty escape from their Manhattan troubles, and with Sterling
Cooper & Partners forcing Don to take a leave of absence and pull himself
together after a disastrous, soul-baring meeting with Hershey’s in which he, as
Roger puts it, “shit the bed.”
After the finale aired last night, Emmy-targeted press interviews with
showrunner Weiner regarding “In Care Of” were published en masse.
The series creator talked about the Don Draper of now and yesteryear, and where
the series might be headed as the “Mad Men” gears up for the seventh
and final season.
TOH! asked Weiner about Don’s whorehouse upbringing and psychological issues here.
“I felt this season was a descent into Don’s anxiety
about why he was still the way he was, and I wanted to have a moment of
realization of whether he can change or not. That he was going to have to, on
some level, confront who he is, and that is the big tension in his life. People
ask me if I’ve been saving stuff for the end of the show and, as you can see,
“We started the season saying, Society is in revolt.
Don Draper is in a place where he has Ben before, and his anxiety has never
been worse because he knows he’s been there before. Certain things are
conceived as twists — you definitely expect Megan to find out about his
affair, and it’s Sally [who does]. That felt like that would be the worst thing
that ever happened to him.”
His marriage to Megan, you’ll have to wait and see where
that ends. I don’t know how much hope there is for their relationship, but I
would not take that as a definitive ending.”
“I like to think that every finale is that cataclysmic.
We just didn’t hold anything back. It sounds like a lot but we ended season
three with Don starting a new agency, living in the Village by himself and
Betty going off to get a divorce. Hopefully it always feels like we’ve painted
ourselves into a corner because we have.”