Don Draper Is Clearly Doomed, According to the Season 7 Teaser
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Don Draper Is Clearly Doomed, According to the Season 7 Teaser

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 7, 2014 | Comments ()


One of the more enjoyable theories that floated to the surface near the end of season six of Mad Men was the D.B. Cooper theory, a Northwest Airlines hijacker who parachuted into oblivion in 1971 with $200,000 tied around his waist.

To refresh your memory:

In 1971 one of the most bizarre and fascinating cases of air piracy in American aviation history — and currently the only unsolved one — was carried out by a man with an alias, wearing a perfectly pressed dark suit and dark sunglasses, with a cigarette in one hand and a bourbon and soda in the other. No one was killed. No one was hurt. No chaos or terror was caused. It was a hijacking conducted without a known motive, by a well-spoken man who then disappeared and was never identified, found or heard from again. It was as though he never happened.

It’s not a theory that I subscribe to, but it’s fun, and the Don Draper airplane opening to this season of Mad Men will most likely fan the flames.

Me? I think the plane merely suggests that Don Draper is going to be doing a lot of commuting between New York and Los Angeles.

From the looks of the poster, Cheech and Chong may show up, too.


(Source: Medium)

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  • MJ

    I'm down with anything as long as it involves a LOT of Bob (James Wolk) in short shorts touching other characters' legs.

  • L.O.V.E.

    That mural just tells me that an unemployed and homeless Don Draper spent the 70's sitting on a bench in front of lifeguard towers in Hermosa Beach, with nothing more than the suit on his back and some cigs he bummed off a juggler.

  • Gigi Agius

    Woo! And Dustin's crackpot theories begin!! They are half the fun of watching. I can't wait until April 13.

  • That's not a Northwest plane he's departing from it's a TWA plane.

  • BWeaves

    I remember that TWA logo. I've flown that many times in the distant past. I recognized it instantly from just the "A" that was showing.

  • Dustin, you're missing the boat here entirely.

    Obviously the plane is a direct reference to the spate of hijackings in 1969 of planes to Cuba. Matty Weiner is clearly playing the long game here, getting Don involved in the geopolitical atmosphere of the era, probably working for the US Government on secret projects and going on spy missions into Cuba.

    I'm willing to bet Bob Benson plays a big role in all this, too, likely relaying false information from Don and the government to a Soviet mole planted in the highest echelons of power at SCP.

    Of course we should've known all along that this was Weiner's endgame as it provides the perfect synthesis of the exploration of 60s America, the encroaching cynicism and paranoia of the upcoming 70s, and the need for Don to find redemption in actual service of the country he was too afraid to fight for in Korea.


  • John G.

    The end of the season, the final episode, Don wakes up to discover he's actually an actor named Jon Hamm with a huge dick, good looks, a beautiful and talented wife, a good sense of humor, lots of money, friends, respect. And yet somehow this world is not the fake one.

  • BWeaves

    Perfect. And then Bob Newhart calls him.

  • cruzzercruz

    I want to see this happen now, despite how radical of a shift it'd be. It's just too ridiculous not to let wash over my brain.

  • mairimba

    Ya. I think this just means that he's moving to L.A. and probably starting a new life there. Though, he is by himself so maybe Megan didn't want to move since her career was doing well in NY. It's gonna be the Don and Harry show, and I'm going to love every minute of Don ripping on Harry.

  • BWeaves

    Being an "Actress," I thought Megan would love to move to LA. Didn't she quit the soap? Gah! I can't remember. It's been too long ago. I remember they both flip flopped on whether to stay in NY or move to LA.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    While I would certainly mourn the loss of this show if it was over by next Fall, something feels off about splitting this season in two. If I'm not mistaken, Breaking Bad produced half its final season, took a break, and then wrote and produced the second half, while Mad Men's second half will be in the can for a year before it airs. Feels off.

  • narfna

    AMC doesn't want to let two of their signature shows go in one year. Especially since they have yet to replace either with any show of equal quality.

  • mairimba

    They're almost finished filming the second half of the season. It's not really their call. It's AMC.

  • JJ

    You've given up on the theory that Don was dead the whole time?

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