Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- Mad Men changed the popularity of cable television over the last seven years. Since then the network has become somewhat of a “trailblazer” with this, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead. Breaking Bad has ended and now the show that put AMC on the map is headed off into the sunset as well with the first part of its final season.
After being suspended from Sterling Cooper & Partners, Don Draper is now floating adrift now that he is no longer working in advertising. He occasionally visits his wife Megan, an aspiring actress, in Los Angeles, but he is largely alone. Meanwhile at SD&P, things are starting to go down for the worst without Draper to steer them around.
Mad Men has always presented quality character drama and this season is no exception. In the opening three episodes of this season, Matthew Weiner and company show a clear sense of where they want their characters to go. Everyone is so low at this point that the show is clearly starting to go into the home stretch. That is also thanks to the talents of the always-exceptional cast.
Jon Hamm is always good as Don Draper, but the beginning of this season demonstrates that he is exceptional when his character is at his lowest. John Slattery, and Vincent Kartheiser are still great as Pete Campbell and Roger Sterling. Christina Hendricks and Elizaebeth Moss also share a wonderful parallel as Joan and Peggy Olson: Joan is moving her way up, while Peggy keeps shooting herself in the foot. However, the actress I want to give a shout out to is Kiernan Shipka, who has really grown in the last few years as Don’s daughter Sally.
The world of Mad Men is starting to grow as weary as the characters within it, but that doesn’t mean Weiner and co. don’t have a few more tales to tell before they take the final bow. This show always hits hard and you’d better believe that they are going to have one hell of a finish. The world of these characters is crumbling, and it won’t be long before it all comes crashing down.
Mad Men is on Sunday nights @ 9 on AMC