06/30/2013 03:08 pm ET Updated Aug 30, 2013

When Will 'Mad Men' End?


Since the very beginning of Mad Men, Don Draper has seemed doomed. From the show's opening-credit sequence, with a silhouetted suit falling helplessly from the Madison Avenue skyline, to this year's season premiere, which featured Don delving into a copy of Dante's Inferno, the future always seemed bleak for our dapper anti-hero.

Oblivious to the fact that he's always on the wrong side of history, Don began to wither. What seemed cool about him in the beginning -- his afternoon drinks and serial womanizing -- has devolved to pathetic.