Matthew Weiner Wants Mad Men To End With Don Draper’s Twilight Years

In a recent interview with Grantland, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner revealed that he knows not only when the show will end (2015), but also how it’ll end. Matthew says that the realization “came to him” in the middle of last season that Mad Men‘s life would be limited to Don Draper’s lifetime. (Sort of like The Time Traveler’s Wife, even though that movie is nothing like this show.)

I do know how the whole show ends. It came to me in the middle of last season. I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like … It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you. It’s a very tall order, but I always talk about Abbey Road. What’s the song at the end of Abbey Road? It’s called “The End.” There is a culmination of an experience of people working at their highest level. And all I want to do is not wear out the welcome. I was 35 when I wrote the Mad Men pilot, 42 when I got to make it, and I’ll be 50 when it goes off the air. So that’s what you’re gonna get. Do I know everything that’s gonna happen? No, I don’t. But I just want it to be entertaining and I want people to remember it fondly and not think it ended in a fart.

I for one think it’s a great idea. Imagine Don’s consternation at today’s advertising standards — from music videos in the 1980s to text-message voting — as well as the tech-obsessed kids with their iPhone apps filling his shoes several generations down the road. Not to mention the mores breaking down around marketing with sex. Mad men, indeed.

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