December 09, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

Mad Men‘s epic hiatus
”We will have been off the air something like 550 days.”

The growing success of all those other AMC hits
”I think that was part of why we were off the schedule for so long: The network wanted to develop these other shows. You can pitch Walking Dead and Breaking Bad — a nice combination. You can put things together and plant the seeds for whatever the next show is going to be.

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