Game of Thrones isn’t the only much-anticipated drama returning to TV this April: AMC has revealed that the final season of Mad Men will premiere April 5th. The last seven episodes in the saga of Don Draper are being touted as the second half of the show’s seventh season, which kicked off in April 2014 and concluded with an unexpected, climactic song-and-dance number and a longtime character’s exit.
“What an incredible journey this has been,” creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter. “We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.” Mad Men concluded filming in the summer of 2014, and in the months that followed, Weiner expressed some apprehension about how he thinks the finale will be perceived.
“The road has been paved for a mixed review, no matter what. I do what I’ve always done on the show and rely on the people around me. The actors, the writers, and my wife all liked it, so that’s all I can go on at this point,” Weiner said. “I hate to say this — obviously ending the entire series is significantly more pressure — but it’s been that way every year. I never knew if the show was coming back for most of the series, so we treated every episode 13 like it was the end. It’s very bittersweet and high-pressure.”
The official Mad Men Twitter confirmed the April 5th premiere date with a photo of Jon Hamm’s Draper and the caption “End of an era.” That slogan seems to add fuel to fan conspiracies that the Sixties-based series, currently in July 1969 as evidenced by last episode’s moon landing, will end promptly when the clock strikes Seventies. One thing we do know about the final seven episodes: Sally Draper won’t be attending Woodstock.