I can hardly wait for the series finale. Fans may predict what's planned, but as former heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson had said, "Everybody has a plan until they get hit." And I expect we Mad Men fans will definitely get hit.
Don Draper has been shedding quite a few things this season. So it makes sense that he ends the penultimate episode in the epic novel for television that is Mad Men sitting alone on a bus stop in Oklahoma, heading west.
For those of us wishing for a happy ending finale next week or at least an easy landing, it looks as if it is not to be, featuring a funeral finale, minus Don, most likely.
Don, Roger and Joan are all experiencing somewhat, how Ken Cosgrove must have felt while working at McCann.
With just two episodes left after this one in the life of the series, most of the characters seem set in their trajectories, save for one. You can guess who that is.
One may have expected it to happen, or perhaps not. After all, Sterling Cooper ad agency became start-up Sterling Cooper Draper Price before Christmas...
Now, with only three episodes left in the series, Don is free to explore in next week's antepenultimate episode, "Lost Horizon," his own private paradise free of the shallowness and hypocrisy from which he's been becoming alienated. (
Don Draper takes stock of the future, his own, his agency's, his family's, maybe even a bit of thought about the world.
In a sense, the title of the latest episode of Mad Men, "New Business," is a misnomer. For most of it concerns old business. Yet dispensing with old business as good a way as any to get on with the new, and this episode clears the decks of much that remains from the past.
One man always seems to manage to navigate above the fray, with his marriage still intact even, wonder of wonders. And that man's name is Ken Cosgrove.
Don Draper's power move has worked. With Sterling Cooper & Partners now a subsidiary of McCann Erickson, he's restored his central creative role in the agency, rid himself of a hateful rival, and further enriched himself.
The series has already been renewed for a second season, and after the events of the finale I just saw, it's hard to tell what direction the tale will now go, but I think it's safe to say that if you have a spare 325 minutes to binge watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, do so.
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