When season 5 of AMC’s hit series Mad Men ended, we sadly said goodbye to Lane Pryce by way of suicide and found Don Draper about to do what he does best: drink and (possibly) cheat on his current trophy wife, Megan.
With the official announcement that season 6 will kickoff April 6th at 9pm with a 2-hour episode written and directed by creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner (above) before going back to its regular 10pm time slot the following week, Weiner divulged a few smackerels (including another episode directed by series star Jon Hamm) with The Daily Beast about what to expect from the new season.
Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) is returning but there’s no guarantee she and Don will ever work together again. “This is not [choose] your own adventure. We have a plan and we’re going to tell you a story…Sometimes the hero gets what he wants and sometimes he doesn’t. But if I told you, you wouldn’t enjoy it, believe me.”
The last 10 minutes of season 5’s finale are very important and set the stage for season 6. Weiner himself says “So where is he going from there? I don’t know. Is he going to try to repair that relationship? Is going to move on from it? I can’t tell you. I would love for people to just watch the last 10 minutes of Season 5 right before Season 6 starts. I think you’ll have a really incredible experience as we get there.”
Peter Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) will NOT go the way of Lane Pryce this season. Weiner himself admits some of Campbell’s actions and his ongoing feeling of despair “was completely unconscious on my part.” – Between you and me, I’m glad Pete’s gonna survive this season because in all honesty, I have a special place in my heart for the poor sap (and let’s face it, a wee bit of a crush).
Storywise, quite a bit of time will have elapsed between seasons 5 and 6 but Weiner won’t confirm how far ahead. “I won’t say how long, but the first two episodes are a movie unto themselves. And they do foreshadow what’s going to happen in the season. They do tell a story of the period and root you where you are in these people’s lives. But a lot has changed when the season opens up. A lot has changed.”
Although set in the 60’s, this season will be relatable to our current societal times. “There’s always the intention to have it have something to do with the world we’re in right now, that’s only because I only can write from what I know. And for some reason or another, this season feels particularly related to where I feel that we are right now, as a country and as a society…There’s been a bit of a blow to our self-esteem. None of the economic realities of the ’60s, of any of the years that we’ve done the show, reflect what’s going on right now. It was really a boom time for the economy, for job creation, and American industry. But I think that the social order, the blow to our self-esteem and turning inward as we deal with the loss of something. The loss of our—now I’m being super-vague about it. I’m not prepared to talk about it.”
Weiner HATES spoilers and therefore won’t give any, which I approve of immensely. “There are things that I do that I think increase people’s anticipation. Not telling you anything is one of them.”
Season 7 WILL be the final season and all bets are off as far as story and characters’ fates go as fellow EPs and showrunners Maria and Andre Jacquemetton have convinced Weiner to go “balls out”.
Sterling, Cooper, Draper, ? will be back in business when Mad Men returns on April 6th at 9pm only on AMC…what would YOU like to see happen this season?
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