So, that final season of “Mad Men”? You’re going to have to wait a long time. AMC confirmed that the seventh and last season of the drama will be split into two parts; seven episodes will air in spring of 2014, and the last seven will wrap up the series for good in spring of 2015.
Blame “Breaking Bad” fans — the model worked so well for AMC, splitting the fifth and final season in summer 2012 and 2013, that the network has decided to proceed the same way for its other hit drama series. “The Walking Dead” has employed a similar, but slightly less frustrating structure, airing one half of the season in the fall, and the other a few months later in the spring.
Really, it’s all about the ratings. “This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with ‘Breaking Bad’ which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “We are determined to bring ‘Mad Men’ a similar showcase.”
As usual, no other hints were offered about the upcoming season, except that the first batch of episodes will be called “The Beginning,” and the final seven are titled “The End of an Era.”