AMC Splitting Final Season of MAD MEN into Two Halves Airing in 2014 and 2015

     September 17, 2013


Many have long talked about the impending turning point for AMC with two of its three flagship series—Breaking Bad and Mad Men—coming to a close by 2014, but now the network is implementing a plan that will keep one of them on the air for an extra year.  The upcoming seventh and final season of Mad Men will be split into two halves of seven episodes each, airing in 2014 and 2015.  The network already made a similar move with Breaking Bad, as the fifth and final season of Vince Gilligan’s stellar series was split into two halves as well (airing in 2012 and 2013).  The first half of Mad Men’s season five will be dubbed “The Beginning” and will air in spring 2014, and the second half of the season will be titled “The End of an Era” and is slated to air in spring 2015.

Hit the jump for more, including showrunner/creator Matthew Weiner’s thoughts on the move.

mad-men-season-7-jon-hamm-john-slatterySpeaking with the LA Times, Matthew Weiner seemed enthusiastic about the dual approach to ending his critical favorite series:

“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” he said. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”

Despite Weiner’s optimism about the split, this really just smells like AMC trying to squeeze even more ad revenue out of Mad Men and delaying its need to develop new, strong original content.  Season five will have a total of 14 episodes, which is only one more than each of the previous seasons had; splitting the 14 in half just seems wholly unnecessary.

There are only two episodes of Breaking Bad left before that series ends and AMC recently canceled (for the second time) the ratings-troubled drama series The Killing after three seasons, so clearly the network is looking for ways to stay relevant after its veteran shows conclude.  It is already developing spinoff series for both Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, and  obviously TWD still stands as the highest rated series on cable TV, but keeping Mad Men on the air for one more year gives AMC a bit more wiggle room to build a more stable slate.  Low Winter Sun sure as hell isn’t catching on.

What do you think, Mad Men fans?  Are you fine with splitting the final season of the series into two or would you rather have on cohesive story told straight through?  Sound off in the comments below.


  • Raaaaaandy

    Can’t wait to sue Apple over this.

  • Raaaaaandy

    Can’t wait to sue Apple over this.

  • LL

    This might be more of an issue of awards recognition. BREAKING BAD will undoubtedly sweep awards season this and next season leaning no room fora Jon Hamm win. The network needs the critical reputation to fund other programming.
    I could be wrong

  • -

    I really don’t know. It seems unnecessary. It worked well for BB, but 1) BB only had 4 seasons before whereas MM had 6, and 2) this works out so the season only has 1 more episode than there would have been otherwise. Then again, the last season took quite a few episodes to get into its groove, as it were, so maybe this’d avoid that.
    Also, you wrote ‘season five’ instead of ‘season seven’.

  • The Exploiter

    This news makes for a pissy day.

  • Matty

    Whyyyyyyyyyyy? With Breaking Bad it made sense but Mad Men definitely doesn’t need this creatively. It’s surely for business reasons.

  • Nick

    I don’t think it eleven made sense with breaking bad. But it’s okay, thank you AMC. You are continually pissing off fans of the shows of your network. Between the pissing matches with dish and fios. Two of the best shows on tv wrapping up. The walking dead being written more and more poorly each season. And then this? Yeah I will be avoiding your network. How desperate are they? I mean usually when a network or any type of company is panicking, it is behind the scenes and peoplemdont know what’s happening unless you’re ‘in the know’ but they announce they’re mailing TWD with a spin off, and they split their two best series up to hang on as long as possible. This is pathetic

    • The Exploiter

      I agree. It’s a bummer that they have done this to fans of two of the best shows on television.


    Surely this will give them enough time to draft up a pilot for a prequel series about Don’s time in the war and Pete’s childhood!

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Of course they are. In reality, this is just one more episode than a typical Mad Men season. And while one episode of Mad Men contains more nuanced writing than the entire first three seasons of Walking Dead, it hardly means we’re going to be getting a “more elaborate” story because Weiner and co. had 47 more minutes to work with.