If you thought Don Draper getting off an airplane in slow motion made for an exhilarating teaser trailer for Mad Men‘s final season, this new clip ups the ante by including more characters while still saying absolutely nothing about what’s to come. Even the tagline – “It’s all up in the air” – is about as delightful and frustrating as any “Next week on Mad Men…”
This clip keeps the airplane/travel theme going, showing Megan Draper exiting a cab at an airport (where’s she going?!), Betty Draper Francis blowing smoke and waiting at the curb (where’s she going?!), Pete Campbell picking up a ticket (where’s he going?!), Roger Sterling not-so-subtly checking out a stewardess (we can guess where he wants to go), and Peggy Olson grabbing her luggage at baggage claim – you get the idea. Set to Alice Russell’s “Breakdown,” it’s all in slow motion, everyone looks gorgeous and, naturally, ends with a stoic Don looking ahead into the unknown abyss that could possibly be sunny Los Angeles. But who knows?
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner certainly does, and offered some hints about what’s to come ahead of the show’s final season during a recent interview with Buzzfeed. Weiner used the Beatles‘ Abbey Road as a metaphor of sorts for how he’d like the series to conclude: “I just always loved that the album actually ends, almost like The Sopranos did, in the middle of a song. It’s just, ‘Cut!’ – you know, that last note of ‘Her Majesty’?” he said. “So I just admire it in artistic expressionism, looking at wrapping up the show. I’m writing an ending, and it will – whether I like it or not – frame the entire 92-hour experience of the show in some way. So I was impressed with how the Beatles dealt with that responsibility.”
Weiner went on to call the show’s final episodes “dense” and that the final season marks a new chapter for all characters; the season’s first episode is called “The Beginning” as in “the beginning of the end.” He added that the final season would investigate the “tension” around Don Draper – which is the verbal equivalent of watching him getting off a plane in slow motion. Still, Weiner added: “What I’m really interested in is the last chapter, not in these people’s lives, but what we know about in these people’s lives.”