Stock your drinks cabinet and tell your girl to hold all calls: the final seven episodes of Mad Men will begin airing on April 5th. While creator Matthew Weiner and the cast are keeping tight-lipped about how the series will end (other than saying that “each episode feels like the finale,” and Jon Hamm’s inspired idea for a spin-off called Better Call Pete), there has been much speculation as to how various storylines will finish. Weiner doesn’t want to disappoint fans (there is already a horrible feeling among some that the show will end with a frustrating Sopranos-like cut to black, and bear in mind The Sopranos is where Weiner cut his television-writing teeth.) “I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us,” Weiner said.
The series titles have hinted from the show’s beginning that it will end with Don Draper’s death; that may well be the case (if only metaphorical, as in Farewell, Don Draper; Welcome Back, Dick Whitman), but Weiner won’t comment either way. What he will say is that the persistent (and rather ridiculous) conspiracy theory that Megan Draper is going to fall foul of Charles Manson–although interesting–won’t bear fruit. “The Sharon Tate thing, you know, it’s so flimsy and thin, and at the same time, I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of coincidence.’ I don’t know what to tell you. I would like to think that people would know that the show’s striving for historical accuracy that I would not add a person who was not murdered by the Manson family into that murder. So that in itself is the dumbest argument in the world for me.” So there, Redditors. Stop spreading wild fanciful nonsense about Mad Men and go back to spreading wild fanciful nonsense about The Walking Dead.