On Friday night, moody Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner had a public discussion in L.A. to talk about all sorts of things. Grantland, the site no one wants to admit that they're reading religiously, was there to jot down his thoughts, including how Mad Men will end.
I do know how the whole show ends. It came to me in the middle of last season. I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn't mean Don's gonna die. What I'm looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like ... It's 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it's related to you. It's a very tall order, but I always talk about Abbey Road. What's the song at the end of Abbey Road? It's called 'The End.' There is a culmination of an experience of people working at their highest level. And all I want to do is not wear out the welcome. I was 35 when I wrote the Mad Men pilot, 42 when I got to make it, and I'll be 50 when it goes off the air. So that's what you're gonna get. Do I know everything that's gonna happen? No, I don't. But I just want it to be entertaining and I want people to remember it fondly and not think it ended in a fart.
If the series ended with 84-year-old Don Draper letting out a fart, I think that would be quite memorable, don't you? Anyway, it sounds like a great way to see the show out.
But Weiner doesn't want to hear what I have to say. He also had some harsh words for people who recap the show and told us all to "get your own show." Damn, Matthew. After all the nice things I said about you!
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