Mad Men is approaching a tumultuous time in our nation’s history. Last season ended in 1965, so things were just heating up in the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the Vietnam War — the list goes on. But the show’s been coy about directly referencing news events and has shied away from using them as catalysts for the plot, focusing instead on historical moments to embellish a narrative about a group of people who either embrace change or cling to the past. Of course there have been a few exceptions, including the Kennedy assassination in season 3.
As we near the season 5 premiere, what historical themes do you think will emerge? There are some major events that would be hard to ignore — how can you have a show about the ’60s and not talk about hippies or drugs or the moon?
How far might they jump ahead in the season premiere? What monumental events do you think will make a cameo on this season’s Mad Men? Answer the poll below and add your thoughts in the comments!