'Mad Men': What's Matthew Weiner cooking up for us next?
I’m still reeling from the season finale of Mad Men. I want to keep thinking about it and talking about it, whether by getting a Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce t-shirt, or going nuts over these Joan paper dolls, or chuckling at this Mean Girls spin on it. Oh, and I love this supercut of Roger Sterling zingers from the season. More, more, more, please!
Much to my delight, Matt Weiner talked to the Daily Beast to answer some lingering questions about the season.
On Don and Betty’s divorce:
Weiner: It’s so unambiguous to me that this marriage is over, but the audience seems to cling to the idea that they should be together because we want to believe in those things. The marriage was not good. It was built on a lie and the lie was exposed. … I knew from the beginning that this would be the end of their marriage and I worked my way up to that. I didn’t want the marriage to end because she found out who he was; I wanted the marriage to end because she didn’t love him anymore.
On Don versus Henry Francis:
Weiner: [Don said] to her: “I’ve given you everything you ever wanted” and Henry said, “I don’t know what you want.”
On the fates of Sal, Ken, and Paul:
Weiner: I don’t know.
This definitely gives us fuel for the speculation fire, especially if we know for sure that Don and Betty are through. I’m curious about the dissolution of the Draper marriage not because I care about Betty but more because it will force Don to reevaluate who he is and how he parents. (If…he parents?) I’m way more interested in Sally Draper’s future, particularly because she elicits some of my favorite responses to the season, whether it was the one line e-mail from my dad that just read “SALLY DRAPER IS GOING TO MURDER SOMEONE” or the text from my friend that said “Sally Draper is going to grow up to be Jenny from Forrest Gump,” both of which seem like perfectly valid theories to me.
As for Sal, Ken, Paul, and the rest of the left-behind Sterling Cooperites, I really hope we see them again, Sal in particular. Ken hasn’t had enough to do since season one, and I like Paul mostly as a foil for Peggy and less as his own particular self.
Are you still thinking about the finale, too, PopWatchers? And what do you want to see in season four?
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