Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wouldn't usually tell us more than we absolutely need to know about what's in store for his prized characters, but he may have just let a MAJOR cat out of the bag about what the rest of season 6 will look like. At least for Don.
He spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross on NPR this week and explained that New Year's 1968 -- which we celebrated with the Drapers during the season premiere -- was meant to set the tone for the rest of the season. That year, Weiner notes, was, "as far as I can tell, in the top two or three worst years in U.S. history."
And it sounds like he's relishing that fact when he goes onto say, "That's what it was about for me. Let's get to the destruction. Let's get to the loss." Oh, boy.
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Let's ... express the idea that people want to change, and change is afoot. Because as far as I can tell, 1968 is a year about change, about revolution, about violence, about people turning inwards as community breaks down." I really kind of wanted to get that into the personal story of Don, which is, 'I don't like the way I am.' Where will that go?
Well, where will it go, Weiner? Surprisingly, he didn't seem to have a problem elaborating a bit what he meant by that. In fact, NPR reports that Weiner sees 1968 and this sixth season as Don's darkest moment. And hey, we probably should have realized that would be the case when we saw him engrossed in (figuratively? literally?) Dante's Inferno while relaxing on a Wakiki beach next to Megan. And he went onto offer that Mad Men fans have ...
an investment in the fact that this man is in his worst state — the way 1968 is — because it is overrunning his life and it's page 1 in the story: He's going into hell. This is the descent. Maybe he'll come out on the other side, or maybe he'll just take up residence there.
OMG, I just got chills. "He's going into hell"? "This is the descent."?! "Let's get to the loss"!? I sense death is very likely on the horizon in some way, shape, or form. It could be in the figurative sense, sure -- death of the old Don? -- but I have a feeling it may be a bit more dramatic than that ...
If he's going to go to hell, something's gotta give to create change. Much like all the political, social, cultural unrest everyone was surrounded by in 1968. It was necessary to shake things up. What's going to shake Don up? Will he "come out on the other side"? He's got to ... Then again, we love this show because, when it comes to just about ANYTHING, you just never know.
What are your predictions for Don?
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