“Mad Men” season 6 spoilers are gradually being released in such a way that fans must interpret what’s to come when the show begins once again in April. A review of the season 5 finale was discussed by “Mad Men” creator, Matthew Weiner. In addition to his interview in the video clip posted March 11 on Huffington Post, Jon Hamm voiced his thoughts on where the overall storyline of his character, Don Draper, is at. Viewers will get a sense of the underlying theme for season 6.
When season 5 ended, Don was seen being haunted after Lane Pryce’s death and struggling with the newfound independence his wife, Megan, has an actress. He was seen in a guilt-ridden state of mind.
“The company has really never been in better shape, so it was kind of a weird juxtaposition of the company rising and still being in this very emotionally difficult place,” Hamm said.
Matthew Weiner summarized the marriage of Don and Megan in season 5.
“I’ve jokingly…but not so joking said…that the story of Don and Megan’s marriage over the course of the season was that Don and Megan are soulmates,” Weiner said. “They’re one person and that one person is Don. So, when Megan expressed her own independence, it became troubling.”
Hamm added that Don is battling “the stress of his own personal life with Megan, whose career is taking off as an actress.”
Jessica Pare, who portrays Megan Draper, said that in Megan’s mind, Don is helping her by getting a job in a commercial. She’s completely unaware that he views it as taking a step away from him.
“While Don feels she’s stepping away from him, she feels like they’re taking a step together,” Jessica Pare said, who plays Megan Draper.
Weiner touched on the storyline of Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) trading places with Don’s character during season 5. He realized he fell in love with another woman that had “nothing to do with her,” but his life was “profoundly” screwed up.
Weiner noted the irony of the advertising agency succeeding when there was a “do or die” situation for Lane and he didn’t make it.
At the end of “Mad Men” season 5, there was a shot of “five separate people on five separate journeys” as they took in the view of their new offices.
“What we really wanted to show, was that at the end, the chickens were kind of coming home to roost,” Weiner said — which gave a hint into what season 6 will work from. “So, when you get all the way down to the bar, and Don has gone in to get a drink almost like he does in the pilot, I wanted us to peel back on the inside of him psychologically. This beautiful woman comes up to him and says, ‘Are you alone?’ and when he turns to answer, you don’t get the answer necessarily…but you definitely see a Don that we haven’t seen in 13 episodes.”
“Mad Men” fans can expect a new tone set for season 6 as the characters launch into their designated journeys. More lies ahead for Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Betty Francis (January Jones), and Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks). What will these women face in their upcoming storylines?
“Mad Men” season 6 premieres Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m., ET on AMC.