#mad men

Bill Carter on AMC’s decision to split the last season of Mad Men into two seasons, a la Breaking Bad:

The first seven shows will be shown next spring under the title “The Beginning.” The second group will be shown in 2015 and will be called “The End of an Era.”’ Variety reported that the writing staff for the final season will include the Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne, who will be designated a consulting producer.

The show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, will shoot all the episodes in one production cycle, so in effect, AMC will simply be storing away the last seven episodes for a year.

The great news is Towne. The shitty news will be the wait. 

An absolutely fascinating theory by Lindsey M Green — what if Mad Men ends by Don Draper getting on a plane and morphing into D.B. Cooper:

The highjacker’s chosen flight attendant went to the cockpit to inform the pilot. When she returned to her post, the hijacker was wearing dark sunglasses. Throughout the ordeal, Cooper kept up conversation with the flight attendants, who later described him as “nice, thoughtful, polite, calm and well spoken.” They noted that he was in no way nervous, and he even pointed out landmarks on the ground to them. When he ordered a second bourbon and soda, he paid his tab, insisting the flight attendant keep the change.

When you think about it, this isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Don (or Dan or even Dick) Bertram Cooper — D.B. Cooper — has a nice ring for someone who has to change their name (again) to board a plane and get away…