According to creator and narrative mastermind Matthew Weiner, Season 6 of the critically-beloved AMC hit Mad Men is all about anxiety. "It's a state of anxiety to not know who you are," he tells AMC, "and to be fighting with the things that you do that you don't like. It's said in the opening episode that people will do anything to alleviate anxiety, and that's a lot of what this show is about.
But the sixth season is also about change. "Can you change?" he muses. "And what does it take to change? And are you capable of it? Why are you this way? Don has this completely secret identity. It's not secret from Megan, and in some ways it's not secret from the world because he behaves as that person... Marrying this young woman who saw him the way he wanted to be seen did not take that away. I feel like he was almost like no different than a teenage girl who has a fantasy about getting married."
Mad Men stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, John Slattery as Roger Sterling, January Jones as Betty Francis, Jessica Paré as Megan Draper, Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper, Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper, Christopher Stanley as Henry Francis, Rich Sommer as Harry Crane, Jay R. Ferguson as Stan Rizzo, Aaron Stanton as Ken Cosgrove, and Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg.
Season 6 premiered on April 7, 2013, and is expected to conclude on June 23. It airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.