Mad Men might tie things up with a few shockers as the series comes to a close on AMC this year.
On Jan. 10 creator Matthew Weiner explained to the Daily Mail why the ending won't be a simple one. He noted that while he would like viewers to find the conclusion satisfying, he wanted to do something that felt right on a creative and narrative level.
"It was surprising to the end," insisted actor John Slattery (Roger Sterling). "It's been surprising the whole time."
Both Slattery and costar Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson) admitted to liking the ending more than they had expected they would. Based on their sensibilities, this could be a good or a bad thing for audiences. If the actors tend to gravitate towards darker material, fans might just be biting their nails until the very last frame.
If one thing is certain, it's that Weiner went with his gut in writing those last few episodes. "I don't care [about backlash]," he told The Hollywood Reporter on Nov. 24 of last year. "I'm just doing my job. I'm just trying to do something meaningful with the people I work with."
Nearly a decade ago Mad Men changed the face of television, elevating the quality of programming and turning AMC into a talent magnet. WIn or lose with the finale, the series has certainly made an impact.
Mad Men returns on AMC for the remainder of its seventh and final season on Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.