Mad Men Season 5: Vincent Kartheiser on the “Great” Finale to the “Tragic Season”
The Mad MenSeason 5 finale (Season 5, Episode 13: "The Phantom") is airing this Sunday, June 10. So far, we've heard very little about what will happen. Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the weasel-y Pete, recently chatted with the Huffington Post about the themes of the season and hinted at what's to come in the finale.
Of course, Vincent refused to dish anything concrete about what's coming up this week, saying only "watch and see. It's a great one."
However, he did comment on how depressed and out of sync with the world many of the characters have seemed this season, saying "I think it's a tragic season. Everything's changing so fast, especially in the world around them, and that can put men of a certain age at a crisis point." That certainly seemed to be a theme this season, culminating, of course, with Lane's shocking suicide. We wonder if there's more tragedy to come this week.
Vincent also commented on Pete's arc, saying that Pete is starting to realize that accomplishing business goals "doesn't solve your problems, it doesn't make you feel better... You can get the respect of your peers and the respect of your competitors, but that's not necessarily going to right all the wrongs." We hope to see more of that realization this week, or even next season.
For much more from Vincent, including his thoughts on Pete's decision to push Joan to prostitute herself, check out the whole interview here.