Matthew Weiner, the creator, executive producer, and head writer of Mad Men has said that it will end after season 7 and he knows how it will all end.
While this is disappointing for fans, the good news is that hopefully the show will go out on a high and there will be a sense of closure. We may even get to see how Don Draper copes with life in 2011!
Weiner told Grantland.com “I do know how the whole show ends, it came to me in the middle of last season. I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like … It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you. It’s a very tall order, but I always talk about Abbey Road. What’s the song at the end of Abbey Road? It’s called ‘The End.’ There is a culmination of an experience of people working at their highest level. And all I want to do is not wear out the welcome.
He also went on to say, “I was 35 when I wrote the Mad Men pilot, 42 when I got to make it, and I’ll be 50 when it goes off the air. So that’s what you’re gonna get. Do I know everything that’s gonna happen? No, I don’t. But I just want it to be entertaining, and I want people to remember it fondly and not think it ended in a fart.”
I really hope Weiner is able to keep to his word and not be pressured by the studio heads to change the ending and save it for a movie – as has happened with Sex And The City and Entourage.
In the meantime, I have my martini at the ready for the Season 5 launch of Mad Men in March 2012. I can’t wait to see what’s happening in the Stirling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce office.