Mad Men has always focused on one mad man in particular: Don Draper (Jon Hamm). So how will Season 5 of the formidable AMC show handle its spin king’s decision to settle down with a nice girl who knows nothing of his past? Especially as all signs point toward a brand-new era on the horizon, otherwise known as the Swingin’ '60s?
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner at an AMC cocktail party, and the famously cryptic and secretive showrunner was as tight-lipped as ever. But he did offer a few juicy tidbits on what to expect as Don & Co. catch up with the changing world outside their super-luxe offices.
Don Needs to Grow Up...
“Don’s maneuver at the end of last season was really, really selfish and he may have saved the business, but that’s what I’m talking about. It’s like, how long does it take to learn that lesson? And that’s a big part of the season,” Matthew revealed.
...And That Means No Sissy Stuff
“We talked about 'life isn’t fair' before on the show, but the realization of, like, you really have to deal with your own problems by yourself and other people are not interested — that self-interest can be a surprise, especially if you’re trying to be good.”
The Times, They Are "a Changin'"
But does the arrival of the wild and crazy ‘60s have much of a real effect on the story? “The year doesn’t really mean anything,” Matthew said. “It doesn’t. I’m not doing a history lesson...And the other thing is — and it really just kept coming up and it’s actually in the show — I’ve never talked about this before, where the line is in the show in [Season 5, Episode 3 ] and it’s ‘When is everything going to get back to normal?’”
Mad Men, the Movie?
"The thing that I’m excited about is I wanted to give people a big helping. I wanted a two-hour premiere. It’s a Mad Men movie — I don’t think anyone’s going to think it’s two episodes spliced together. There is a story that starts in the middle of it [but otherwise] it’s one story. The beginning and the ending are related to each other.”
Also, check out the Season 5 promotional poster, featuring the usually calm and gentlemanly unidentified man from the credits looking far more distressed.
Tune in to the Season 5 premiere of Mad Men at 9pm ET/PT on AMC.
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