"Mad Men" has already covered the Kennedy assassination, the death of Marilyn Monroe, the Cuban Missile Crisis and many more historical events in a little over five seasons.
But now, Season 6 is in 1968 -- the Civil Rights movement is in full swing and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. is looming.
Journalist Mark Harris noticed a revealing "Mad Men" moment on Sunday's episode, "To Have And To Hold":
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) April 22, 2013
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, meaning that the April 28 episode, titled "The Flood," could very likely tackle a very sad day in history. The April 21 episode did see much more development for "Mad Men's" only African-American character Dawn Chambers (Teyonah Parris), who opened up to a friend about feeling alienated in her white-dominated office. "We're unaccustomed to any action that doesn't involve at least one of the show's (white) principal characters," Ad Age noted.
And we could be seeing more or Dawn. "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner told the LA Times that he makes sure to focus on how each event he spotlights from the tumultuous 1960s impacts the lives of his characters.
“A lot of things we consider to be gigantic historic events that are covered in the history books as milestones are not experienced in that way at the time. Malcolm X’s assassination is not on the front page of The New York Times. The Watts riots were not covered by the New York Times or any newspapers for three or four days,” he said. “So you’re trying to do a story about it, and this is a huge event, and it’s like, you can’t really use it, it’s not part of [the characters’ lives].”
AMC's official description of Season 6, Episode 5, "The Flood," is, "Peggy makes plans for the future; Roger courts a potential client."
Check out a promo below:
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"Mad Men" airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.