Mad Men fans have been going crazy thinking up conspiracy theories around the potential fate of Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) since she was shown wearing a shirt almost identical to one worn by Sharon Tate in a 1967 Esquire photo. Is Megan Draper going to be murdered? Is Bob Benson going to murder her? Is Megan Draper already dead?
As it happens, the same magazine that published the Tate photo more than 40 years ago tried to find out if the costume was more than a coincidence. Esquire got a chance to talk to Paré about the theories surrounding her character, but like any good Mad Men actress she did not spill. When they asked her about the murder theories she said, “I think that one of the greatest things about being on this show is that people love to talk about the characters. For me as an actor, it’s absolutely so thrilling to hear anybody talk about the character that I play. [Laughs.] In terms of whether that’s going to happen or not, I’m pretty sure that Matt spoke to it, but I just want to say, I don’t know.”
If Weiner did talk about it, it doesn’t appear that interview has been published anywhere yet. When pressed about the fateful shirt, Paré went into great details about the significance of wearing a t-shirt, but concluded, “And if there was any significance beyond that, I don’t know, you’d have to ask Matt.”
She did reveal a little more about her future at the end of the interview. Esquire asked her if she was looking for other work and she said: “I’m in the extremely luxurious position of knowing that I have a job… I mean I don’t know how much… well, anyways. I have something coming up.”
So… let the next wave of theories begin! Is she going to be a ghost next season? Is the next season of Mad Men going to take place entirely in Purgatory? Is it going to just be the 24 hours leading up to her death? Or is she still just a girl, standing in front of an alcoholic boy, asking him to love her?