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Mad Men Season Six To Debut In April

Submitted by on January 24, 2013 – 11:04 amOne Comment

Finally, the end of our waiting is nigh! Matthew Weiner and AMC announced this week that Mad Men is set to return on April 7 with a two-hour premiere.

However, creator and showrunner Weiner is being characteristically vague about details of the upcoming season, not even saying in what year it takes place (although he did say the time will “jump”). Season one begins in 1960; by the end of season five, it was 1967.

Weiner has also confirmed that he intends this to be the second-to-last season of the show (though studios and networks have a funny way of dragging things out if they think they can.)

Weiner also denied that Peggy is leaving the show or that Pete will kill himself, both of which had become nervous rumors among fans.

Fans of the series will be happy that they had less than a year to wait since the end of last season. In contrast, due to contract negotiations, 17 months elapsed between seasons four and five.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Weiner did advise viewers to re-watch the last ten minutes of season five (episode: “The Phantom”), suggesting it would contribute to “a really incredible experience.”

Here’s Wikipedia’s summary of the final moments of season five:

The five partners [of SCDP] stand in front of the window and look out across Manhattan.

Dressed as “Beauty”, Megan kisses Don on the set of Butler’s commercial and tells him she loves him. He watches her a moment, then walks off. He sits down at a bar and orders an Old Fashioned.

In her Richmond motel room, Peggy looks out her window and sees two dogs mating. She is shocked, then gets into bed with a glass of wine and smiles. At home, Pete sits in the dark with headphones on and eyes closed. Roger (implied to be under the influence of LSD) stands naked on a chair facing the hotel window, arms outstretched. A woman approaches Don at the bar and asks if he is alone. He turns and looks at her ambiguously.

I remember thinking this was a particularly “ambiguous”- and unsatisfying- episode and ending. But if Weiner was setting up things to come- and he is certainly a showrunner who sees the longview- it might be worth it.

What do you think?

[via Culture Vulture]


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