1. “Matthew Weiner Talks About Mad Men’s Next and Final Season.” He speaks with the Vulture about where Don is now, and why this will definitively be the end.
“It’ll be ten months, not to split hairs, but it’s a little less than a year. But, yeah, I was immediately surprised to realize that they should have some independent strength to them, these two halves. It is one story running across. Much of what is set up in much in the first seven episodes is paid off in the last seven as we do traditionally, but the stories are denser and the first seven episodes are their own arc. What I realized is that this is kind of organic to how we tell the story here. If you look at the episode sevens over the course of the series, ’The Suitcase,’ ’The Lawnmower,’ ’The Gold Violin,’ ’The Merger,’ which was episode six but it was hour seven—we always split the season in half because that’s the midpoint for me. What I discovered is I better make sure episode eight feels like a premiere and episode seven feels like a finale.”