Mad Men: Don Grew Up in a Whorehouse, What Can Season 7 Bring

Mad Men, season 7, Peggy, Don

Fans of Mad Men will be lighting cigarettes, pouring stiff drinks into tumblers, and just generally getting their ’60s hair primped or tie ironed for the Sunday premiere. After the season six finale, I think everyone wants to see what arc the series will tackle next. At the end of last season, Don Draper has a bizarre and uncomfortable breakdown in front of the Hershey executives, in which he confesses to a childhood spent in a whorehouse emptying the pockets of Johns. Then he gets fired — or at least mandatory time off to face his alcoholism — to perhaps spiral out of control again. The other characters saw their own dramatic and strange turns; Sally getting into trouble with a fake ID, Peggy’s break up that vacillated on and off many times for one episode, and Roger and Joan back in contact — though not back in bed.

But what does the coming season have in store for viewers? As always, details of season seven are difficult to come by, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. In an interview with The Huffington Post, the show’s creator Matt Weiner discussed what happened and what will happen next.

What I’m excited about is that there is a cumulative effect, which is what I’m counting on. This man — his daughter found out that he was having an affair; his impulsive activities at work were completely destructive; he turned on Peggy; he had a dalliance with a neighbor … Don told the truth in that meeting with Hershey. He came clean to his daughter. He has been fired. His marriage doesn’t look like it’s in good shape … This season, I hope, will be about the consequences of that. Just because you think you’ve changed a little, does anybody else really care?” said Weiner.

The interview seems to point to a perhaps more lighthearted direction post-rock bottom season six finale, but nothing was really set in stone. One notable change in the upcoming season’s structure was also commented on — the halving of the seventh season into two parts, with two seven episode halves split between 2014 and 2015. “I want each half to have some independence,” said Weiner to The Huffington Post of the split. “What it meant as I started working was two premieres, two finales. It’s a continuing story but there has to be some ground covered in the first seven episodes.”

While he says that fourteen hours is beginning to feel like a short time span to cover everything in, Weiner says the episodes are packed to the brim to make up for it. “They’re pretty dense, actually, for us. Whatever we think of as plot around here, there’s quite a bit of it. I would say that, in a weird way, these 14 episodes feel like 20.” Hopefully that’s good news for fans who can’t imagine the show is actually ending for good, and are reluctant to say goodbye to the series.

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