‘Mad Men’ Final Season: Matthew Weiner Previews “Completely New Story” for Don
Lately we've seen AMC get a little spinoff-happy with its most successful properties, today announcing a "companion series" to branch off from 'The Walking Dead,' while 'Breaking Bad' prequel 'Better Call Saul' moves forward with its own series order, but would the cable network dare to spinoff the story of 'Mad Men?' Find out what series creator Matthew Weiner has to say about the "completely new story" in store for Don Draper next season!
We know that AMC has all but unofficially confirmed 'Mad Men' season 7 to represent the final year for Don Draper and co., but then again, we thought the same of 'Breaking Bad' at one time as well. Still notoriously spoiler-tight as ever, 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner at least opened up to TVGuide of Don Draper's journey through the final season of the series in 2014, which sounds very well like a spinoff of its own right from Sterling-Cooper & Partners:
I am a month into [writing], and all I can tell you is that it will be a completely new story and it will wrap up the end of the show. I have my very ending, and I have the pathway on the way into it. All I can say is that it's related to the era that we're in, and that it will be the next chapter in Don's life.
I know it sounds vague, but it really is. I always liked the fact that the show has, on some level, uniqueness that the consequences of people's actions are taken seriously. We never pretend like stuff doesn't happen, and that's really where we're starting. Like, can you do something that is irreparable?
When last we left 'Mad Men' and Don Draper in season 6 finale "In Care Of," the deposed department head seemed to finally embrace the dual identities of Don Draper and Dick Whitman, showing his children the run-down whorehouse where he spent his childhood. Weiner previously confirmed that Don's suspension would stick and place him on a new path, but we're hard-pressed to imagine what the character's final journey might look like.
What do you think? Will 'Mad Men' bring a complete end to Don Draper's journey even with a "new story" for the character, or will AMC put on pressure for a spin-off? Pete and Ted in California, anyone? Sally Draper, hippie hunter? Give us your thoughts on 'Mad Men's future in the comments!