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Spoiler alert: Matt Weiner shares ideal ‘Mad Men’ ending

AMC's "Mad Men" (Mike Yarish/AMC)

In March, AMC and “Mad Men” production house Lionsgate announced that they’d settled their differences with Weiner and signed a deal: They would bring back the show — with Weiner at the helm for three more seasons — culminating at the end of a seventh season. And here’s how Weiner says the period drama — and orgy of product placement — ends.

Oh, and we assume you’re an adult and therefore take responsibility for continuing to read. No spoiler-whining tolerated:

“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.

“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,” Weiner continued. “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.”


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