Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm #307689
I know that the first half of the final season of one of the TV’s greatest dramas ever, Mad Men, doesn’t start until Spring, but for anyone who wants to talk about possible guest stars, possible storylines, hopes for the season, etc., this is the place to do it.December 22, 2013 at 5:52 am #307691
I hope Joan gets a knock out storyline.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 22, 2013 at 9:59 am #307692
I hope Joan gets a knock out storyline.
I know right! One of my biggest criticisms with this past season was how much Joan and the other supporting characters were pushed to the side.December 22, 2013 at 11:06 am #307693
I just wonder what the show will be like and how much time will have passed. Having Ted and Peter in la will be interesting. I just hope Sally is used a lot because kiernan is one of my least favourite snubs because she is a beautiful actress. Guest stars are not what the show is about but I wonder will Linda cardelini come back and especially if Megan comes back but if she does not I would be fine with that.
P.S. no more stupid flashbacks I hopeDecember 22, 2013 at 11:20 am #307694
I am really skeptical about this season because I believe that it is being written and filmed all at once, as opposed to in two separate cycles like Breaking Bad. Can you imagine if we saw “Man with a Plan” last season and had to wait a year for the next episode?December 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm #307695
Well, For Immediate Release would make a pretty good, important Midseason Finale.
Also pretty good theoretical midseason finales: At the Codfish Ball. And The Suitcase. And Guy Walks Into. And Maidenform. And Babylon. At least for me.December 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm #307696
I don’t think it will matter much. Half of the finales are at a semi-arbitrary stopping point anyway; Bob Benson was a rare storyline that was actually arc-based for a whole season. Each episode sort of has its own self-resolving structure of three or four mostly self-contained short stories (while serving only a couple of season-long stories), so I don’t think anyone would be drastically shocked or unsatisfied if it stopped midway through what was planned to be a season, certainly not in any way that would ruin the season as I usually find each good episode inherently satisfying. Regardless, Weiner knew of the split during filming so if he had to change something, he could have.
I too hope they don’t over-obsess with guest stars and service the main cast foremost. Servicing Joan, Sally, Roger, Harry, Ken, Stan, and Cooper adequately would make me very happy. Pete has always been my favourite but I’ve always felt they sort of haven’t really tapped into his thematic purpose in the show (hard to explain what I mean, really) so whatever resolution he gets will be interesting. I always wonder if we’ll see Salvatore again before the end, even though Weiner has implied we won’t.
I also really want a heavy Ken Cosgrove storyline for one episode, for some reason. He’s often in a key scene or is involved in an episode’s storyline prominently, but there hasn’t really been an episode with a major story entirely from his perspective like there have been for other roughly equal supporting characters like Ginsberg, Harry, Paul, Sal, and Stan. The closest for Ken is “Signal 30” but even then there’s more of Pete, Lane, and Don and Ken’s sort of just in their stories, has a scene with Roger, then narrates the ending montage. I think Aaron Staton has been doing stellar work all along and deserves a showcase.
As far as Emmys go, Hamm has little hope this year, but in the post-Cranston year of 2015 I think they may actually want to honour him for his work throughout the show. We’ll almost certainly be getting a ton of Moss with so many of the other females gone or on the margins, and Hendricks will probably keep her nomination if she keeps being amazing. Supporting Actor is shockingly scarce enough this year that any buzzy or particularly prominent Roger or Pete storyline could be enough to merit and even earn a nomination, like if either had a storyline as showy as Jared Harris’ (which would be easy to top in terms of prominence as Harris was only in six episodes that year).December 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm #307697
Weiner and co. are writing for these final episodes knowing they have to split midseason. I think they’ll end things on such a note that viewers will return for the concluding arcs. Not in an #OMGcliffhanger! sort of sense, b/c that’s not “Mad Men”‘s style, but I’m not concerned about it.December 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm #307698
Yeah, we kind of win either way. It’s not a cliffhanger based show, so either a storyline is basically concluded at the split and it’s like any hiatus, or we’re invested in the middle of a storyline and want to come back to see how it plays out. Probably some of each.December 23, 2013 at 9:44 am #307699
Since he came from the school of “The Sopranos”, I’m expecting more of that than what “Breaking Bad” did in terms of midseason finales. But lets not get it twisted. Who ever thought of this “genius” move, were clearly thinking about what “Breaking Bad” did and the success that show generated from spliting the final season.December 23, 2013 at 10:34 am #307700
Oh yeah, I’m just saying Weiner can make the best of it. It’s absolutely a dick move by AMC since he didn’t want it split. AMC has been dicking around their shows monumentally: the year-plus hiatus for Mad Men, the split season for Breaking Bad, the budget slash and showrunner firings for Walking Dead, The Killing getting cancelled then uncancelled then recancelled, and now this.December 23, 2013 at 11:19 am #307701
I probably Mad Men’s biggest fan. Sad to see it go, but I will also be eagerly anticipating the final two seasons and hope that it will be a great two years for Weiner and his crew.December 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm #307702
I just hope last season’s finale doesn’t mean we’ve seen the end of Pete. Has anyone heard anything with regards to this?December 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm #307703
I´m looking forward to a better season haha, how dissapointing and lackluster was the sixth! What I most want is (much) more screentime and great storylines for peggy (favorite character)…December 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm #307704
I don’t expect these final episodes to be any less Don-centric. In fact, I expect it to focus even more on him. He hasn’t been the show’s most intriguing character since season one (and even then Betty and Peggy and Peter were arguably more engaging. Don just had the most intriguing story. Okay, maybe he was the most interesting character in latter half of season three). I do believe these final episodes will be an improvement over season six. Mad Men isn’t destined to end in mediocrity even if these last installments don’t recapture the magic of its peak moments.
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