In Mad Men season 7, a cop says “We knew we could catch up with you” to a bedazzled Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in one of the last episodes. It was a suitable outcome for some scenes in which the problems of Don, Nancy (January Jones) or Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) are all coming back to them with a revenge.
Mad Men Season 7 was an odd time of prime TV, considering the series did not have too much room to develop new characters, but a highly effective one full of surprising origins and amazing endings.
1. Betty Finding Out she has Lung Cancer…
The greatest bombshell of these final episodes would not be very surprising if the viewers were not watching these stories through the lens of a small screen. Betty, a heavy smoker, like almost any main character on “Mad Men”, is told that she suffers from lung cancer and has only 9 months to live.
Then it seems reasonable that the problems of cigarette smoking – both a principal factor in the series scenario and a thematic foundation since the speech of Lucky Strike’s pilot – would gradually be the actual death of a character. However, while audiences have been predicting the death of Don since the start of the season, it would be true to affirm that almost no one saw that coming.
2. … And her Reaction Upon hearing the News
Certainly, Betty did not. The troubled spouse was, after all, returning to university for a psychology diploma, wanting to find something original about herself. The TV show, following its latest pattern of unjust penalties towards the female figures, give that desire a heavy strike. The woman, though, after her normal surprise, takes the news with inner peace. To the chagrin of her spouse Henry (Christopher Stanley) and her girl Sally (Kiernan Shipka), Betty chooses to let go any anxious, intense therapies and tries instead to go back to school while spending her final days having a normal life.
It is hard to know whether Betty’s purposes are more about selfishness and self-pity or are a fearless functionality, but the series seems to at least compliment her for the reliability with which she has followed her own concepts. Betty is familiar with something and, along with the natural pride in her post-mortem guidelines to Sally, brings some amazing knowledge.
3. Pete finding Out about a Job from Learjet
Pete’s story, on the other part, was, uneasily, about following your mind and heart, not and not ignoring them. Once Duck (Mark Moses) informs Pete about a remaining job from Learjet, the TV show’s most well known snazzy jerk sends a serious, if partly delusional, message to Trudy (Alison Brie) to have his relatives returning.
“Entitled” could be an interesting term choice. Even if Pete seems to be genuine in the promise to be loyal, the chance of a new occupation is granted to him, at least partly, for the Ivy Group background and name. The benefit of his previous years in this domain is enabling him to have a clean start. Only time will tell if this reinvention will go well for Pete – if the viewers will ever see him again – because if the scenario has shown anything, it is that a change of life is complex.
4. Don’s Purgatory
Don, who has been forced to have a new beginning for different reasons, usually spends the time ruminating on the repercussions of becoming a new person. After his car lets him down on the road, he seems to be in some kind of hotel purgatory between his fake persona as Don Draper and the real him, Dick Whitman. Here, he repairs Coca-Cola devices, instead of developing their TV ad strategies and sights pretty girls at the pool, before gradually resisting the enticement.
5. Don’s Confession
At a VA celebration, he makes a big confession when he informs a number of people about how he murdered the real Don Draper and then later paying for that fact when the same people beat him with a phone book thinking that he took the dinner’s collected money. However, the fight is a strange baptism, and when Don gave his car’s keys to the conman who actually did take the cash – a representational stand-in for the pre Dick Whitman – he leaves the last part of his ad person identity.
Don’s mind trip over several episodes has made fans to wait patiently and has taken the whole action almost entirely outside the city, let alone in an ad organization, and this might not be the most fulfilling experience for plenty of fans. Even if the main character’s self-discovery quest seems realistic in Don’s higher conscience, it has not been the best choice for an attractive TV scenario.
A couple of weeks ago, there was Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) and Joan (Christina Hendricks) working with McCann to put an end to Don’s hobo trip, but the following episodes felt too much of leaving the universe of “Mad Men” this near to its finish.