All good things must come to an end. And this Sunday, we will say goodbye to Mad Men–the show that started around the time when some of us at Matchbox Design Group were launching into our own advertising careers.
Naturally, as we progressed with the show’s twisted story trajectories and dark character depths, we became attached to these people, their clients and their backgrounds. But after several seasons of Mad Men, the one consistency with the TV show (and with advertising, for that matter) is that everything can be deceiving–and heartbreaking. Here are our best guesses on how it will all come crashing down.
Mad Men Theories
We’re not buying into the D.B Cooper theory, although it’s enticing.
We’re positive Don won’t jump out of a plane or office window, like he does in the opening credits. (Newsflash: Don lands on a couch in his opening credits jump.)
We also know that Megan isn’t Sharon Tate. Just check the show’s time frame–it doesn’t hold up.
Mad Men Theory #1
I’ve never watched it so I’m going to go with my default … everyone dies at the end.
- Don had a conversation with his daughter that didn’t describe where he was going but it certainly didn’t indicate he was going back to NY anytime soon.
- Don keeps heading further west, and I believe he’s trying to get to LA to be with Megan.
- Peter will live happily ever after, and so will Joan.
- Rodger will go on a drinking bender and continue with Megan’s mom.
I’m pretty sure Don Draper’s dog (you know, that smart one that wears glasses and a tie) takes over the business…
Mad Men Theory #4
- Pete Campbell dies horrifically. It just has to happen. Probably gets hit by a car or gets eaten by weasels or something. Nobody really cares.
- Joan, Peggy and a gaggle of the secretaries and the rest of the babes from Mad Men start their own women-owned agency and dominate the ad game.
- Don turns into Father Yod from the Source Family. Part cult leader, part psychedelic musician and band leader, part vegan restaurant owner and part polygamist. He then dies in a hang-gliding accident.
- If it ends on a plane, this definitely happens:
Mad Men is ending. This means I may actually have to talk to my husband when we eat dinner together.
Yes. Yes, they (Mc)can(n). This commercial was created by McCann-Erickson in 1970, aired in 1971.
Put you best guess in the comments, and we’ll find out on Sunday during the series finale of Mad Men.