On Tuesday afternoon Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner sat down with reporters to detail the sixth season of his hit AMC drama, announcing an April 7 premiere kicking off the second-to-last season of the show.
He dispelled fan rumors and conjecture about Pete Campbell killing himself, Peggy being completely out of the picture, various outlandish thinking, and of course...that was pretty much it. He offered up that Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may get a second floor, but only after it was dragged out of him.
The most juicy thing from the press sit-down? Something we had already assumed was finally confirmed.
"I am going to skip ahead in time," Weiner said.
"I won't say how long, but the first two episodes are a movie unto themselves. And they do foreshadow what's going to happen in the season. They do tell a story of the period and root you where you are in these people's lives. But a lot has changed when the season opens up. A lot has changed."
If you are going to jump forward in time, you might as well have fun with it.
Sally Is A Punk Rocker Now
A flash-forward finds a graying Don Draper inside CBGBs to see Sally's punk band, the the Black Bettys. Draper eyes a bleached blond wonder by the bar and strikes up a conversation with her about her own band, Blondie. "What is this punk thing, he asks, brushing his longish gray man back. Draper's weekend with Debbie Harry and her friends features he and David Byrne smoking a joint in Tom Verlaine's apartment and talking about corporate branding and architecture. Byrne and Draper's stoned bull session forever warps Byrne.
Disco Flash Forward
Vibrant single mother Joan Holloway Harris Sterling Namath Kennedy finally finds her place in the late '70s as a den mother of sorts for Steve Rubell's cast of characters at Studio 54, helping cook his books. (OK, and yes I wanna see Joan as a foxy disco lady with tall, feathered hair and cleavage for days, but that is besides the point.) There is a sweet moment in the hallowed VIP room when Joan bumps into Draper and Cheryl Tiegs canoodling in a dark corner.
Sal Romano Is Thriving
Of all the characters who have been written off the show by Weiner, I still miss Sal Romano, the closeted art director who is fired for running afoul of Lee Garner Jr. from Lucky Strike. His quiet desperation in such macho surroundings was a nice change from Draper's indiscretions. I wouldn't mind Weiner bringing Sal back in some way, even if he is just seen on TV after a vice bust at the Continental Baths, or he runs into Joan at while designing a display for a department store. Just show me that he's surviving and/or thriving. Harry Crane: Father Of The Infomercial
Hours of watching television for clients finally pays off as Crane comes upon the idea of advertising disguised as programming, or "paid programming". He and Ron Popeil play lots of golf together these days.
Pete Campbell ODing on Bad Cocaine in the '80s
Pete is found in a Lower East Side club bathroom by investment banker from NYC firm Pierce & Pierce and his crew of friends in the summer of 1987, while they are looking for adequate stalls to do drugs in. They make fun of the dead man's comb-over and the fact that he died with his pants down around his ankles, in pure poetic fashion. Campbell's body isn't claimed from the city morgue for three days as his estranged family argues among themselves over who has to do the honors.
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Joan And Roger's Child...
Kevin becomes a star quarterback at Notre Dame in the '80s. He's tall, sturdy, and devastatingly handsome. Ken Cosgrove is now a pioneering, senior sports agent, and he negotiates young Sterling -- he takes his father's name in junior high-- a lucrative contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The headlines run wild with "sterling" puns and there is even a Sports Illustrated cover, but by the early '90s Sterling is a washed-up second stringer.
You Know Who Invented The Internet Pop-Up Ad?
Bobby Draper. You know, after he grew out of that New York hardcore punk thing. His band opened for Black Flag once.