'Mad Men' Creator Drops a Juicy Series Finale Spoiler

mad menRaise your hand if you're counting down the days until the return of Mad Men for its fifth season in March. Yeah, me too.

But in the meantime, during this seemingly endless between-season delay, we can amuse ourselves by contemplating a juicy spoiler show creator Matthew Weiner recently dropped about how the show will eventually end.

End? No! It can't ever end! Calm down. It's OK, that's not happening until season seven. We've got three more seasons of retro fun before we have to bid goodbye to Don Draper (and sadder still, Jon Hamm in a role that fits him like a bespoke suit) for good.

But when we do, he might not be exactly the same guy we've watched swing blithely through the '60s. Weiner said the idea for the series finale came to him in the middle of last season.

(Spoiler alert!)


"I always felt like [the show] would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination," Weiner told Grantland.com. "It doesn't mean Don's gonna die. What I'm looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like ... it's 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it's related to you."

Don Draper today. Don Draper ... today? What would he be like? Hmm, let's think about that.

Maybe he's ... living in an old age home. He's been so horrible to all his wives (he's probably been married many times over the years) and kids (Sally and Bobby and little Gene surely have a host of stepsiblings) that he gets few, if any, visitors. He flirts with the nurses, but they see none of his former sex appeal. He's just an old man to them, an old man who tells stories about the good old days on Madison Avenue. They probably have a hard time believing that he was much of a big deal at all. So he falls silent, marinating in his own memories. Until one day, he's wheeled into the social hall (a big, loud, ugly room the old Don Draper would imagine as hell) and figures out that the old woman in the next wheelchair is ...

Oh! Who should it be? Peggy, right? It's got to be Peggy!

OK, that's one possibility for what Don Draper would be like in 2011. (Other theories have been floated.) I'm sure you can come up with some good scenarios, too!

What do you think Don Draper would be like if he were alive today, in 2011, age 84?


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