Is 'Mad Men's' Peggy Olson Gone for Good? Yes! Maybe.
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Is 'Mad Men's' Peggy Olson Gone for Good? Yes! Maybe.

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | June 6, 2012 | Comments ()


Two episodes ago, in a heart-wrenching but satisfying sequence, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) said goodbye to Don Draper and Sterling Cooper Pryce & Draper (now, Sterling Cooper Draper and Harris). There did feel a certain permanence to the sequence, but I'd just assumed that she'd continue to show up, perhaps as a rival exec competing over clients. According to Jared Harris -- who was written out of the show permanently this last week -- it looks like Moss may not be coming back, after all.

In an interview with The Daily, Jared Harris (who plays Lane Pryce) was asked if he was given a going away party. He said no, but in his answer, he implied that Moss had also left the show for good.

"Actors are always ending jobs. It isn't a big deal in that sense," Harris said. "Also other people had left the show that had been there since the beginning. Elisabeth [Moss] left the episode before and she'd been there since the beginning. Michael Gladis left in Season 3... Bryan Batt," Harris said. "People leave and it's just part of it. They didn't make a giant fuss."

AMC execs haven't commented specifically on Moss' status with the show. However, it should be noted that "Mad Men" storylines are very secretive. In fact, Jared Harris didn't know he'd be written out of the show until he received the script for that particular episode. It's likely that he has no idea whether Moss will be back. In fact, Moss may not even know if she will return yet, and may not know until storylines are cracked for next season. In the meantime, I hope she spends her time counting that $19,000 a year salary.


(Source: TV Guide)

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  • Michelle

    Geeze, really? I don't have cable and watch my TV shows the honest way, so I'm not on season 5 yet. THANKS GUYS.

  • BamaGuy1024

    I LOVE Elisabeth Moss, her portrayal of Peggy Olsen has been one of the most enjoyable continuing dramas I have ever seen. Moss' performance is so nuanced that I was compelled to truly deeply care about her, worry about her, celebrate her joys and feel sad at her disappointments - that is the goal of great entertainment.  I am sad that Mad Men will be coming to an end forever in not too many episodes, but am endlessly grateful for what Matthew Weiner and his stellar cast and crew have given us

  • Blog

    Seriously? Spoiler in the subject of this blog entry? Shame on you! Think about people who have not caught up!

  • Ginger

    Matthew Weiner has said that Peggy is his proxy on the show, and that Mad Men is her story as much as it is Don's, so I have a feeling she'll be popping in and out during Season 6.

  • I think it'd be pretty interesting to watch Peggy have to deal with the fact that Chaough, her new boss, will pretty quickly and explicitly use her solely to attack Don at every possible step. Not to view her victory cynically, but knowing Weiner, Peggy may have traded one devil for another... :(

  • Logan

    NAAAH! She'll guest somewhere along the line, probably taking away an account Don wanted. The women will love it. 

  • Green Lantern

    Oh I'd kinda hate if she was gone for good.  I've BEEN "Peggy Olson" before...working my way up to something stable that I was good at and enjoyed...and I kinda enjoyed watching her both rise and shine.  Still, she kinda plateaued at SCPD and storywise there was nowhere else for her to go except to stay as a cog in the machine.  Now she's "the competition".

  • Alex0001

    I kind of thought, with Lane gone they might want to fill that partnership slot back up with someone. 

  • mungee

    One of my BFF's is Jared Harris' girlfriend, and she put it rather deftly on her Facebook yesterday: If you think he was able to go since last Summer (when the entire season was shot) without letting even his agent know the fate of Lane Pryce, do you think he would just casually let slip the fate of a series regular, when, until now, it hadn't been more than casual wondering? And not even directly implied one way or another on the show?

  • Rumcove

    One of the things that AMC/Matt Weiner does very well is limit as many of the actors as possible to a partial season contract.  Under the contractual guidelines, if an actor works 13 shows during a season, they are entitled to full salary.  If they are written out of a show for two weeks, they're pay is reduced significantly.  I think that Peggy was written out of the last two episodes to save some money.  She'll probably be back next season.

  • googergieger

      Well butter my butt and call me Margaret. This is just turrible.

  • $27019454

    I don't watch the show and I don't know who this is but honest to god her hairstyle is heinous. She looks like a 4th grader at her Girl Scout badge ceremony. Jeez. Dippity-doo much? 

  • PaddyDog

     klingonfree  It's set in the late 1960s and yes, the character, Peggy, has abysmal and dated taste in hair and clothing, which I think is intentional for the character. 

  • andrewsipe

    Lane and Peggy gone... but that opens the doors for Ken and Ginsberg to shine a little more. Harry's a twit and I hope he comes to an unseemly end soon too. Wish Sal would have a cameo, not unlike Paul's recent.

  • junierizzle

    II'm sure she'll. Turn up again down the road. Maybe not as a full time cast member but she'll be back. I just hope they don't start cutting to her new life next season. I was kind of getting tired of her Hipster bullshit.

  • BierceAmbrose


    So, Overlords are approving edits made to comments now? What, my crappy typing needs to be memorialized for all time?

  • Mr_Zito


  • Sdfsdfd

    Yeah, thanks for the spoiler headline, DICK.

  • She can't be gone for good. She didn't piss off the writing staff. That's the only surefire way to never appear again.

    Unless your death is a sight gag or plot point. Then you're gone for good.

  • mona_sterling

    If she isn't coming back, her exit was so perfect I can't be too angry about it. She was kind of patterning herself after Don, which could come to no, goodbye Peggy, maybe.

  • BWeaves

    I was never quite sure in the first season if Mad Men was supposed to be Peggy's show or Don's show.  I came down on the side of Don's show, and I think that's how it's going to play out.  I felt the true secondary characters were Joan and Pete.  I'm don't think we've seen the last of Peggy, but obviously, she's not going to be a part of the everyday workings of SCDP.

    Speaking of the SCDP, they're not going to change the name of the company just because a partner died or a new one was taken in. 

  • birdgal

    Umm, I think that $19,000/year was Peggy's salary at her new agency, not what Elisabeth Moss actually made for doing Mad Men...

  • Ashley

    I can't get over how little she makes. or how little not-as-famous actors in a tv show make compared to the leads (I think I read somewhere that Jack McBrayer (30 rock ) makes like 35, 0000 for his work which I am sure is much less than Tina.

  • BWeaves

     Ashley, Peggy (the character) was offered $19K in the show.  That's 1966 dollars.  Elizabeth Moss (the actress) makes way more than that in real life.

    Actually, it made me laugh a bit when she was offered $19K to work for the rival ad firm.  I remember when I took my first computer programming job, and my parents told me that $17K was not a lot of money.  That was 1982.  They were right.

  • BierceAmbrose

     $9 / hour without overtime - meaning paid for hours off a time card, but can't put in for more than 40 / week - in 1984. Seemed like a lot as I'd been getting by on part-time work-study money. Two years later took me to a new job @ $24k, with OT.

  • I did the inflation math when the show aired. Peggy's taking in over $100k 2012 dollars. 

  • PaddyDog

    I think Peggy's arc on the show came to a natural conclusion.  She moved to a place where she won't be "the former secretary" and has a better chance of advancing.  And they had started to make her character very tiresome this season, so I'm fine with it if she doesn't come back.  She could always reappear the Chaough has in a couple of episodes, but really there's nothing more they can do with her. Now, if they would only come to the same realization with Betty, Megan and Glen......

  • L.O.V.E.

    So she's off her show, meanwhile her ex does another year of manure on SNL?

    Fuck that.

  • Sara


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