That basically sums up how I felt about the second last episode of Mad Men. I didn’t always like Betty Draper, but I did always think that she was a complicated and interesting juxtaposition to the women Don worked with. Watching her develop from a docile, well put together housewife to a mature, honest woman has been a really interesting journey to bear witness to.
And of course someone was going to get terminal lung cancer, obviously. I just didn’t expect it to be Betty. I really liked last week’s scene between her and Don in the Francis residence kitchen. Don’s affectionate “Knock ’em dead, Birdie” would have been a sweet and satisfying send off for Betty.
I honestly have no idea how they’re going to wrap up the story next week. I don’t think we’ll see Joan again, unless she comes back to burn McCann Erickson to the ground. Pete and Trudy will be living in Wichita for sure, and Roger will be resigned to boozing away his last few years in advertising at the McCann offices. I know that I really, really want to see a Peggy/Stan scene, because their scenes have become the most thoughtfully crafted ones this season. Their friendship is one that will last for years, and if they don’t end up becoming romantically involved, I hope that Peggy and Stan continue to kick ass creatively together for years and years.
But most of all, I want a decent Peggy/Don wrap up, and a Don-centric wrap up. I don’t know if Don will decided he’s done with advertising for good or if he’ll wander back into McCann and pick up where he left off without comment. I could see him becoming a rancher out in the mid-west somewhere, but as much as he wants to run away from Don Draper, I think he still enjoys the control and charm that persona allows him over people, so I honestly wonder how things will end.
I’ve been a fan of Mad Men since day one. It will be a long time until we get another television series so dedicated to creating interesting and complex characters and storylines. The attention to detail in the writing, cinematography, set design, costumes and characters has been something impressive in a crowded television landscape. I’m sad to see this show end, and I have a feeling I’ll be wanting to go back to season one, episode one the second the finale finishes next week.
One thing I do know is that if Matthew Weiner doesn’t spend the appropriate amount of time on Peggy and Don’s stories in that episode, I will have a rage blackout.
In the meantime, here are some Mad Men articles to keep your satisfied until next week!
– Betty Draper Is Finally Likable — There’s Just One Problem With That. This sums up a lot of what I was feeling while watching this week’s episode.
– The Women of Don Draper. These illustrations are really great. It’s a filler link, but it’s an interesting reminder of Don’s womanising ways.
– I think I know how Mad Men is going to end: I personally love this theory, and of all the theories I’ve read, this had been my favourite.
– Watch Don Draper’s Kodak Carousel Project Seven Seasons of Mad Men Memories. THAT PHOTO OF DON AND PEGGY, YOU GUYS.
– Feminist Writers on the Mad Men Moments That Made Them Cheer and Broke Their Hearts. So much of these are Peggy-centric, which I love.
– It’s also worth noting that I’m going to miss the hell out of those sunglasses.
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