Though working to bring Mad Men back almost each and every season proved to be a chore when negotiating with AMC, series creator Matthew Weiner likely has a more difficult task ahead of him as he works on what will be the final three seasons of the series as was dictated in the deal revealed in April of this year. Weiner will have to effectively end a series with rich characters that audiences have come to love for seven years by the time all is said and done. However, though the end is still roughly three years away, Weiner can’t help but think about how the series will end. And while he doesn’t know everything that will happen in the end, Weiner says, “I do know how the whole show ends.” Find out what else he had to say after the jump.
In an interview with Grantland, Weiner elaborated on the conclusion of Mad Men which will come all too soon in just three seasons:
“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.”
Ending a series is a difficult task for any executive producer, especially with one as critically lauded and long-running as Mad Men when the conclusion arrives. Though Weiner’s description of the end is vague, it sounds like it will have the same powerful drama that we’ve come to expect from the stellar Emmy winning series from AMC. Whether we’ll actually see Don Draper in his older years remains to be seen (personally, I hope that doesn’t happen), but how will the legacy of Draper be wrapped up in order to please fans? Could Draper still end up passing away? We’ll just have to wait and see.