Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has spoken about the forthcoming sixth season of the American drama, giving a few clues as to what fans can expect when the programme returns this Spring to American cable network AMC.
Mad Men has been running since 2007, and follows the business deals of 1960s advertising agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the personal lives of its employees in the context of the era. It's won 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes, including the Emmy for outstanding drama series four years in a row.
In an interview with The Daily Beast Weiner discussed Peter Campbell's future, Peggy Olson's return to the show and Don Draper's marriage. Weiner maintained a vague stance when answering questions, saving spoilers as he wanted to "increase people's anticipation [by] not telling you anything."
Regarding Elisabeth Moss, whose character Peggy resigned from the advertising agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in season five, Weiner said, "I never said to anyone that Elisabeth was leaving the show. I just said that the character was moving on and you’ll have to watch." Weiner mentioned the viewers' angry reaction to Peggy's departure from the firm, but said that it showed that "their emotions are wrapped up in the show. It’s a kind of interest that you can’t pay for."
Season five featured central character Don Draper's ( Jon Hamm) new marriage with secretary-turned-actress Megan (Jessica Paré). There was no newlywed bliss for Draper with Weiner describing it as "a pretty dark season". It ended on a cliffhanger which suggested Draper might be returning to his old unfaithful ways.
"Where is he going from there?" Said Weiner "Is he going to try and repair that relationship? Is he going to move on from it? I can't tell you. I would love for people to just watch the last 10 minutes of season five right before season six starts. I think you’ll have a really incredible experience as we get there.”
Despite this suggestion, Weiner says that season six will not follow on immediately after that cliffhanger: "I am going to skip ahead in time." Weiner continued: “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."
Weiner also said that the sixth season will be the penultimate one, that it will return with a two hour episode in April, and the season will feature an episode directed by Jon Hamm.
Alice Vincent Telegraph.co.uk