The Final Season Of 'Mad Men' Will Be Split In Half. Deal With It.
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The Final Season Of 'Mad Men' Will Be Split In Half. Deal With It.

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | September 17, 2013 | Comments ()


AMC is making all kinds of interesting calls this week. All eyes are on them, I guess, given the end of Breaking Bad and the impending glut of Emmy gold this Sunday. So, yes, we’ll have Better Call Saul and a spin-off of The Walking Dead and, what’s this? Two more seasons of Mad Men? Or, to be precise, two half seasons, seven episodes each. That means Dustin
will be writing crackpot Megan Draper theories until 2015. I can’t wait.

Series creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner announced:

We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience. The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.

Two “uniques,” hunh? And here I thought they were just calling a Gilligan.


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  • cgthegeek

    I am so over Don and his sad little penis. I'm only watching to see him die.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    He gets trampled by the very horse who kicked his father to death. 'You can run from your past, but you can't outrun your truth...or a horse, Donny! How do you like them wild oats? How come Betty's maiden name changed from Driscoll to Hofstadt, Donny?'

  • eskiimomo

    I have to say, I'm a little surprised at the measure of bile vented over this. Especially given that a lot of comments here and elsewhere mention the "first Breaking Bad, now Mad Men" justification with such exasperation, while we're all concurrently shitting our collective pants at the quality of the Breaking Bad endgame.

    I'd second ed newman's comment about time. I mean, the whole "split" season thing is a transparently bottom-line-driven move on AMC's part, sure. But I can see the potential benefits from a storytelling perspective, so my reaction is more "make it worth it" than "make it all now." Not to imply everyone here is reacting without care for good payoffs and closure.

    It's kind of a shitty network accounting move, but maybe not the worst thing for wrapping up the show. Our one precedent is also our television messiah, glorying in victory dirt naps.

  • Guest

    It's one season split into two, it ain't two seasons!!!

  • And so it goes....

    How very "Twilight" of them

  • NotCausingAFight

    So that's two seasons then. At least when it comes to DVD releases and iTunes stuff, it's going to be two seasons. But in all the ways that benefit AMC, it's one. At least that's what happened with Breaking Bad.

    Well, I've got even longer to actually watch it now, I guess.

  • Guest

    Bob Benson will chain Pete up in an underground advertising bunker.

  • emmalita

    Bob Benson is a lot like Todd.

  • If I wrote shitty fanfic, there'd be some Bob Benson/Meth Damon love happening right now. If only.

  • SackBlabbath

    Megan will go back to La Belle Province & join the F.L.Q. Just in time for the October crisis.
    Her way of getting back at Don, I guess.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Wait. Megan isn't Sharon Tate, she's Nancy Eaton. It fits.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And yet her end would be remarkably similar.

  • Joey.blowey

    Maybe we will get Sally Draper at Woodstock story

  • Bert_McGurt

    I'd be excited to see who they cast as Trudeau.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Doesn't Colm Feore have an exclusivity clause?

  • Mrs. Julien

    She can share her cigarettes with Rene Levesque.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Canadian history! I don't know what any of that means!

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    You could...
    ...look it...

  • SackBlabbath

    F.L.Q. Was our very own Baader-Meinhof gang, or at least they tried to be.
    Parti Quebecois is merely an alleged separatist political party that keeps promising "sovereignty" but would never dare deliver it.

    The character of Megan's father seemed to be patterned on (even inspired by) figures like Levesque.

  • jon29



  • mlurve


  • Because waiting between seasons so far hasn't been annoying? Yeezus, Weiner.

  • JJ


  • Iman Alterego

    It better be good then! Real GOOD!

  • emmalita

    I can hear you sharpening your letter opener as you say that.

  • $65530708


    *At least this gives Emmy voters 2 more chances to give Jon Hamm a damn Emmy.

  • Joey.blowey

    Well, one more time at least. Pretty sure Bryan Cranston has this year's lock in.

  • $65530708

    Probably true, but Hamm has to have a turn. I guess it will really come down to how the air dates work verses Emmy noms.

  • BWeaves

    I do NOT like this trend of split seasons.
    I really am not a fan.
    I do not like it Sam, I am.

  • ed newman

    I will go on record to say I hate this as well. However, if you listen to the BB podcasts it seems the extra time did give the BB writers and producers the chance really knock it out of the park on the season's second half. It seems like they really used the extra time to work, not procrastinate or take extended vacations. We'll never know if they would have produced something just as good without the extra time, but it is hard to argue with the results.

  • Mrs. Julien

    We Hate Watch it.

  • SackBlabbath

    Some of us poor fools end up hate-buying the DVD sets later on.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You poor bastards. How do you cope with all the beautiful ennui?

  • Wigamer

    The beautiful people really help with the beautiful ennui.

  • SackBlabbath

    Marathon sessions... Entire seasons over a weekend.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And then kill yourselves before heading out to work on Monday morning?

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