[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 7 premiere of Mad Men. Read at your own risk.]
"Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something."
Yes, Matthew Weiner, you have our attention. The Mad Men creator kicked off the first half of his advertising drama's final season speaking directly to the audience through the mouth of recurring character Freddie Rumsen (Joel Murray). But it was the next line of Freddie's Don Draper-quality pitch for Accutron watches that reveals what seems to truly be on Mad Men's mind for this episode — and perhaps the remainder of the series.
"Do you have time to improve your life?"
That's certainly a question we imagine Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has been asking himself lately...
The times are always a-changin' on Mad Men.
But as the AMC drama kicks off the first half of its final season (Sunday, 10/9c), the show's focus will be on how much (or how little) the characters have grown during the near-decade viewers have been following them. "[This season] is about the consequences in life and if change is possible," creator Matthew Weiner says. "There is a real growth over this last season from what are the material concerns of your life to what are the immaterial concerns."
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Last season focused on ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) repeating the mistakes of his past with even more serious consequences. Although Don seems to be truly committed to doing things differently in the early going of the new season, will that make a difference? In other words: Is true change possible, or is it the attempt to change that matters?
"That is the question," Weiner says...
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It sounds like Maya's plan to target the president with her bomb will come to fruition. In other words, expect an explosive season finale! Making matters worse, we hear the finale takes place on Election Day, which means that the lives of even more people, including campaign manager Olivia, will be in jeopardy. Anyone want to guess the victim(s)?
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Pete's marriage crumbled in Season 6, but thanks to...
As Mad Men begins its seventh and final season, there's a certain amount of reflection in the air.
In the exclusive behind-the-scenes video below, Vincent Kartheiser looks back at the journey of his character Pete Campbell. "Pete has generally gone through what most men go through between 25 and 35: They become men," he says.
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For Pete, becoming a man has included marrying Trudy (Alison Brie), becoming a father, and working his way into a partnership at
Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Sterling Cooper & Partners. But in Season 6, Pete blew up his personal life by having one affair too many. So, has Pete learned from his mistakes? ...
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It was supposed to be just another day at the office — except the office was Sterling Cooper & Partners, and I had stepped into a time machine.
The latest batch of Mad Men cast photos may not give us any more details about the upcoming season, but they sure are fun!
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The new photos feature a pensive Don (Jon Hamm), a super-sassy Sally (Kiernan Shipka) and a typical Roger Sterling (John Slattery), who would rather be drinking than working.
Plus: To whom is Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) giving the side-eye?
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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is famously tight-lipped when it comes to spilling the beans about his Emmy-winning AMC drama. And as he heads into the show's final season, he's making no exceptions: If you want to know this season's timeframe and what his characters are up to, you'll have to watch.
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As the 1968 holiday season approaches, there's as much turmoil in the lives of the characters on AMC's Mad Men as there is in the real world around them....
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One question has been asked more than any other on this season of Mad Men: Who is Bob Benson?
As soon as the talkative, eager-to-please Bob (James Wolk) turned up with two cups of coffee in his hands in the Season 6 premiere, fans began speculating about his importance. Was he a government agent infiltrating the firm? Was he the long-lost son of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) from his days in the whorehouse? Or was he the time-traveling spawn of Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) who had come back to 1968 to work alongside his parents?
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As silly as some of the theories became, Pete Campbell was, in fact, a bit of a lynchpin...
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