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Mad Men: D.B. Cooper theory downplayed by Matthew Weiner

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The internet has been buzzing this week with renewed discussion about whether Mad Men will end with Don Draper becoming D.B. Cooper, the mystery man in a suit who hijacked an airplane in 1971 with nothing but a note and vanished after parachuting out of the plane with $200,000 in cash.

The theory was first put forward by writer Lindsey Green two years ago in a post on Medium. But after the most recent Mad Men episode, “Lost Horizon,” which included Don looking longingly out at an airplane in the sky and, later, heading toward the West Coast (Cooper’s flight originated from Portland, Oregon), Green’s initial speculation seemed more and more believable.

“It started to look like either this is the ending of this show or this is getting really personal with Matt Weiner,” Green told The Daily Beast this week.

If this is where Mad Men is headed, however, Weiner isn’t showing his cards. Speaking to Conan O’Brien on Thursday, Weiner said the Cooper theory was one of the “strangest” he’s heard in the history of the show, but he wouldn’t dismiss it outright. “I want people to watch the show,” he said.

So, probably not. And yet:

Watch Weiner discuss Mad Men with O’Brien below, including a jokey version of how the series could end. (But won’t.)