It is widely perceived by fans and by television critics to be one of the greatest shows of its generation, an iconic program that, for some, put cable station AMC on the map. Mad Men was about far more than just the life and tales of Don Draper. It was a show that introduced the advertising world of 50 years ago to mass audiences, a program that, in storyline, also happened to occur during one of the more tumultuous decades in the history of the United States. So much about the world changed throughout the years during which Mad Men was set, and that is excellently depicted in each season of the show.
“Person to Person,” the final ever Mad Men episode, aired in the US on the night of May 17, and the show was hyped to be the television event of the month, the springtime and maybe even of the entire year. Diehard fans of the show could not get enough Mad Men content in the week leading up to the finale, so much so that they watched as much of the Mad Men marathon that AMC presented leading up to “Person to Person” as possible. Another portion of the waiting game included critics, bloggers and fans attempting to predict exactly what would occur during the last hour of the program.
Some of those predictions came true. It turns out, for example, that Don Draper did, in fact, play some role in creating that famous Coke TV commercial as it pertains to the Mad Men world. Other rumors, theories and myths thrown out there in the week leading up to the Mad Men finale, however, proved to be way off base. Certain unions that were allegedly supposed to occur never materialized on air, and it turns out that the opening scene that aired at the beginning of every Mad Men episode was not, in fact, to be taken literally by anybody.
10 Roger Dies
9 Peggy and Joan Join Forces
8 Don Becomes SuperDad
7 Peggy and Stan Make the Coke Ad
6 Joan Gives it All Up
5 Don is D.B. Cooper
4 Don Gets Murdered
3 Pete Campbell Dies in a Plane Crash
2 Don Draper Turns Back to Dick Whitman
1 Don Draper Kills Himself
Draper had lost just about everything up before he had an emotional breakdown while speaking with Peggy during the Mad Men finale. Don's wife had left him. He had no home and no belongings outside of his clothes. His family did not want him around. He had walked away from his job at McCann. Don killing himself in the finale was not only logical. It would have brought Mad Men full circle, as the first and final scenes of the show could have been images of a man falling to his doom. Weiner instead went a different route, making Draper a man who will live on forever because of that Coke commercial. Thanks for everything, Don and the rest of the Mad Men gang. We'll miss you.
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