Sorry, "Mad Men" conspiracy theorists: Megan Draper is not Sharon Tate!
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, series creator Matt Weiner flat-out shot down the rumors of Megan's (Jessica Pare) impending death or murder.
"It’s just not part of the show. No one’s going to die," Weiner said in a roundtable interview with The Envelope, after Elisabeth Moss (Peggy) noted that viewers were "barking up the wrong tree."
But Weiner wants to make one thing clear: Someone could still die at some point -- it just won't be this season. "I didn’t say never!" he said with a laugh.
As for that Tate-like t-shirt Megan wore that sparked the "Will she die?" question, Weiner insists it doesn't hold such significance.
"Yes, Sharon Tate wore that t-shirt, but that was just my costume designer Janie Bryant and I solving an argument," Weiner revealed. "Women's t-shirts had not come into fashion. I always wanted Megan in a Disneyland t-shirt and Janie kept saying, 'They're not around yet.' So I said, 'There's got to be a women's t-shirt,' and Janie brought [the photo of Tate] in and asked, 'Is this OK?' And I said, 'Yes. I want that exact t-shirt.' Little did I know ..."
In the immediate wake of the episode, a viewer asked Bryant about the t-shirt via Twitter and she said it was "no coincidence" that Megan was wearing the Tate-like top.
As for Pare herself, in a recent interview with Esquire she stayed as tight-lipped as possible about whether or not she would, indeed, be killed off by season's end.
"I think that was the idea in finding that t-shirt -- something that we had a reference that somebody had worn at the time," she said tentatively. "And if there was any significance beyond that, I don't know, you'd have to ask Matt."
"Mad Men" airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.
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