'Mad Men' Season 7: What's in Store for Don Draper & Co.?

mad men don draper elevatorIn recent interviews, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has claimed that even he doesn't know where certain characters and plot points will stand when we see Don Draper and Co. next. And that may very well be true, being that he recently revealed that he won't start writing season 7 until the middle of this month, and the rest of the writers return in August.

Still, that's not stopping us from piecing it together from clues he's been dropping all over the place! He can't even throw us off by saying, "I don’t know if we're going to come back [in 1969]." (Suuuure, Weiner! We'll believe that the next season takes place in the '70s or beyond when we see it.) And though of course we can't really know until we see it -- do we ever?! -- here, clues to where our favorite characters will stand come the Mad Men season 7 premiere ...

  1. Megan and Don: Although everyone seems to want to jump to the conclusion that Megan's angry speech and door-slamming on Don in the season finale means they're on an express train to Divorcetown, it sounds more like they'll be separated, if apart at all. Weiner told Vulture.com, "Megan appears to be done with Don, and it feels permanent because, unlike Betty, she has no kids with him. ... It certainly looks bad, and she does say, 'I can't take this right now.' ... So for me, it was literally just like the partners putting Don on leave. At a certain point, [everyone's] like, 'Really? Forget it.' ... I feel like we left her in a place where she's had a realization." He also noted, "That beautiful scene between Don and Megan where he says, 'It got out of control -- I got out of control,' I think that he is recommitting himself to her." And there you have it. If it really is "just like" his situation with SC&P, then there's a sliver of hope that they're NOT actually going to be over when we see them next. But it certainly sounds like their relationship is headed for a revolution of its own.
  2. Ted and Pete: They're both headed to California. Does that mean we'll never see them again? Pfft. No, of course not. Weiner says, "All I can say is, when Don divorced Betty, everybody thought that we'd never see her again. No matter whether they're in California or not, these characters are part of our story." Of course they are. Further, if Megan is gonna go out to Cali by herself, I'm guessing the show is going to get even more bicoastal next year ...  
  3. Sally and Don: One of the biggest season 6 cliffhangers was of course whether Don's relationship with Sally would be able to recover from the devastating moment in which she caught him with Sylvia. We got a hint of what's likely to come when he showed his children where he grew up. Weiner admits, "I honestly think that that act and that look that is exchanged so beautifully between those two actors is a moment that many of us have never even had in our life, and if nothing else, that moment in itself is an improvement. So is it the beginning of something? Who knows?" Eye roll. He knows. And yeah, how could it NOT be the beginning of something? That's a plot that must be addressed in season 7.
  4. Don ... and Dick Whitman: As Weiner notes, "The season started with Don saying, 'I don’t want to do this anymore.' There is an indication that he doesn’t." So does that mean he's going to finally pull back the curtain 100 percent? I'd imagine, given what we know so far, the chances of that happening are pretty high. 
  5. Don and SC&P: Weiner hasn't dropped too many clues about how we can expect Don's professional life to evolve. But either way, surely he'll have to learn from his inappropriate behavior and the many mistakes he made over the course of season 6 in order to move forward.

How do you see these cliffhangers playing out at the start of season 7?

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