The first half of Mad Men's final season ended with professional triumph for Don Draper, but don't expect those sunny days to continue. In fact, when the show resumes — with an episode ominously titled "Severance" — Don (Jon Hamm) feels just as lost as ever.

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"[He's] rudderless in a way that he hasn't been before," Hamm says. "Don's life is built on a very busted foundation. The house keeps falling over and he keeps trying to build the house back the way he knows the house is supposed to look. But the thing he doesn't realize is that the slab is broke. ... He's building a house on a broken foundation, and that is 100 percent guaranteed to be a sh---- house."

The ladies of Sterling Cooper aren't faring much better either. One says a quick au revoir to a promising suitor while the other experiences workplace sexism so profound that it transcends the show's usual anachronistic punchlines.

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