May 30, 2013 1:46pm EST
This is the kind of conspiracy theory Reddit was made for. On Sunday's episode of Mad Men, "The Better Half," Jessica Paré's Megan Draper wore a white T-shirt with a big red star. I know, you all thought at first that she's a big fan of Macy's! But, actually, it was a reference to the T-shirt tragically-murdered actress Sharon Tate wore for a 1967 Esquire magazine photo shoot. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant confirmed on Twitter that this was "no coincidence," after the daughter of the Esquire photographer who snapped that photo pointed out the similarity.
Two years after that photo was taken, Tate, then eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was brutally murdered by the Manson family. A whole thread on Reddit has sprung up wondering whether this is some grim foreshadowing on Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's part for what may ultimately be Megan's fate on the show — especially given all the references in recent episodes to rising crime rates in 1968 New York.
But if Megan's meant to be an avatar for Sharon Tate, does this mean her husband Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is symbolic of Tate's husband Roman Polanski? It would certainly fit, since both Polanski and Draper are tireless skirt-chasers with a flair for kinkiness — and even criminality. Something dire may be on the horizon for Megan, but Don may be in trouble as well. Maybe he'll finally suffer the consequences of his sexual improprieties as Polanski did after pleading guilty to rape in 1977 and being an exile from America ever since. It'd be a fitting comeuppance for horndog Don.
Unless we're reading this all wrong and that woman who invaded the Draper's apartment in "The Crash" was supposed to be Charles Manson?
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May 13, 2013 4:41pm EST
As soon as we met Bob Benson, the handsome go-getter on Season 6 of Mad Men played by James Wolk, we all knew that something was going on with him. We're seven episodes into the season with only six left to go and we still have no idea what Bob's purpose is. But, since he's in every single episode so far, series creator Matthew Weiner must have big plans for him. Here are some of my ideas about Bob.
1. He is a homeless person living in the SCDP office. In the last episode, Bob tells Joan, "I have nowhere to go." That's because he is a bum with a suit who just showed up one day and started pretending to be an account executive. That would explain why he has no office and just wanders around. He might not even have a job!
2. He is Don Draper's long lost son. Maybe Don knocked up one of those hookers in his uncle's house and Bob is the fruit of that union. Now he's back to get into his father's life. But do you think he is a force for good or a force for evil. With a smile like his, it has to be evil.
3. He is a spy investigating Don Draper. That is Rolling Stone's idea but I don't really agree. He's trying to impress everyone in the office, not just Don. It's gotta be something else.
4. He is Mad Men's Nikki and Paulo. Remember when Lost introduced these two characters well into the show's run inserting them in various scenarios only to give them one episode all their own where they end up buried alive with a bag of diamonds (spoiler alert)? That's what's going to happen with Bob. He's going to get one episode all about him and then hurl himself off the building and teach us all some stupid lesson.
5. He is just some ambitious jerk. Is this one of those cigars that is just a cigar?
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May 03, 2013 1:23pm EST
There's a moment at the beginning of Iron Man 3, Marvel Studio's latest attempt at world domination, where Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark is suffering from some major PTSD akin to an Iraqi war veteran or a child who survived corporal punishment in Catholic school. What is causing him sleepless nights and panic attacks? We're given some vague answers about "what happened in New York" and a "wormhole," but never, once, does anyone utter what really happened to the character since the last time we've seen him: The Avengers.
In that movie – which combined the comic-book-company-come-movie-studio's Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk, into one superteam – Tony Stark et al were faced with a bunch of aliens that flew in through a wormhole and attacked New York City. So even if viewers had seen the first two Iron Man movies, but not The Avengers, they would have no idea what the heck Tony Stark was whining about. Houston, we may have a problem here.
When it launched its "Avengers Initiative," Marvel took a revolutionary approach to movie making. The company wasn't creating a franchise that was a litany of unrelated blockbusters (think the never-ending James Bond films). It consciously made the choice to make interrelated movies that would build up to a bigger whole. The result was last summer's geek holiday The Avengers, the third highest-grossing movie of all time and the fastest to make it past the $1 billion mark at the box office.
This strategy makes sense for a comic book studio because the business model totally apes the way that Comic-Con denizens have interacted with these characters for decades. Nearly every one of the Avengers has his own comic book (sadly, there aren't many "hers") and they all get together in several different titles about the team as a whole. The roster is constantly changing and evolving as the mythology and the characters get more and more complex. So far, taking this approach to Hollywood seems to be working in Marvel's favor. At least for now.
"I think one of the most interesting things about Marvel's foray into making their own films is there is this shared universe that fans are excited about and there is nothing like that in movies before," says Sean Howe the author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. "I think it's really exciting to watch non-comic readers see what this huge fictional tapestry is." But what happens when viewers come late to that tapestry? They don't see a work of art, they see a bunch of jumbled pictures that don't seem to quite fit together or make sense on their own.
Non-comic readers aren't used to consuming their content in the same way as fans. The more complicated the interconnections between these movies get, the more difficult it is for new viewers to hop in and check out any old movie. "I'd be less likely to see a sequel if I knew that seeing the previous movies would drastically affect my enjoyment of the future movies," says Corey O'Connell, a 25-year-old, who lives in New York and hasn't seen any of Marvel's previous movies. "To me, a great adaptation appeals to both 'knowing' and 'unknowing' audiences who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the source material, and I'm turned off by the idea that I need to see previous films to enjoy a current one."
Most of the dozen Avengers virgins I talked to said that they would be unlikely to see any of the future movies (Iron Man 3 is just the kick off to Marvel's phase 2 which includes Thor and Captain America sequels as well as new movies for Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, which culminates in Avengers 2 in 2015). Those who didn't care whether or not they had seen the previous movies were the ones who didn't seem to care about or connect to comic book fare in general.
"I don't think there's anything that could make me actually want to see a Marvel movie, honestly," says Amanda Dye, a 27-year-old grad student in New York. "If I for some reason did decide to go to see one, I probably wouldn't care too much about not having seen the previous movies."
But as the universe gets more and more complicated, the road to alienation could be pretty quick. "If I felt I had to see the previous movies – I don't know that I would see the current one simply due to time investment. If they could stand alone then I would be more interested," says Laura James, a 44-year-old corporate trainer from L.A.
Many uninitiated Marvelites had faith that the producers and directors of the studio's fare wouldn't create a movie that would be too complicated for anyone to just jump on in like watching one episode of Law & Order: SVU during a day-long marathon. "I imagine the directors/producers would make a movie anyone can just jump into," says Parker McGuire, a 25-year-old musician in Nashville (the city, not the ABC show). "[If they didn't], it'd be a major letdown. I would basically be my mom watching any TV show/movie having to ask a million questions to whoever I saw it with. Also, I feel like it'd be 'giving them what they want' if I paid money to rent or order the first movie after seeing the sequel, therefore I wouldn't."
Even Marvel expert Howe admits that, in the '90s, Marvel's comics got so convoluted that they became inaccessible to outsiders. "That's the trade off with such a rich narrative that just keeps going on and on, the trade off is that there is no simple way of summarizing that for new audiences," Howe says. If that were to happen to the movies, which have budgets as big as the Hulk's underwear, there's potential for the audience erosion, putting Marvel on a slow path to bankruptcy with no way to goose its numbers.
Is that the destiny of the movies, to get overly complicated? Some think it has already happened. Alex Erikson, a 25-year-old writer in New York admits to having fallen asleep during The Avengers. "I actually had seen all of the Iron Man movies at that point, and ended up seeing Captain America (which I enjoyed much more than The Avengers) after the fact. I hadn't seen the others, but was with some pretty devout nerds who had brought me up to speed as to the basic details I needed, or so I thought," he says, adding that the confusing nature of the plot was like taking an Ambien. "There was so much going on that wasn't explained, or you had to be super-familiar with the back stories to understand the nuance of, that I succumbed [and fell asleep]."
By doubling down on continuing this interconnected universe, Marvel doesn't seem to care that much about attracting new fans (but with such a huge hit on their hands, they hardly need more people to be interested in their offerings). Howe, for one, is excited to see where all this leads because he thinks that getting audiences familiar with characters will breed better storylines and more audience involvement in the outcome. These days studios will reboot a franchise faster than Lindsay Lohan will change rehab facilities, so seeing a property continue on for the better part of a decade is new and fertile ground. But even that has its pitfalls; RDJ is almost too long in the tooth to play Iron Man and even Chris Hemsworth might need to be recast for Thor 6 in 2027.
Howe also makes a very good point that audiences these days are more accustomed to catching up on pop culture to stay with the times. "There are a lot of people who watch Game of Thrones every week. For 10 years people have gotten really accostumed to going all in for TV shows and to ask people to watch five other movies to find out what's going on wouldn't be too demanding," he says.
Those who said that having to know all the movies would deter them from seeing Avengers 2 also said that there are other factors that might still lure them to the cineplex. In most instances they credited the writers and directors – like Joss Whedon and Kenneth Branagh, which Marvel already employs – as the big draw. "I make superhero exceptions for Batman because I grew up with the Tim Burton ones and I like Chris Nolan. So if Matthew Weiner [who created Mad Men] wanted to do a Superman with Jon Hamm I might check it out," says Abby Davis, a 28-year-old Manhattanite who works in high education.
Taking all these things into consideration, no matter how big the Marvel Universe gets on screen, there will still be plenty of fans who are dying to spend even more time with there favorite characters in a dark theater. And if having to know the backstory of 27 different super powered aliens keeps hordes away from the theater, there is one sure-fire way to get the uninitiated to buy a ticket. Everyone I polled said they'd go see a movie if their significant other asked. Guess there is one thing more powerful than Thor — or knowing what is going on in a damn action movie.
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April 29, 2013 11:00am EST
Alright, so last week's Mad Men preview predictor was all for naught. Who could have possibly guessed from those snippets that the characters would be dealing with the emotional heft of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Or that Pete Campbell would actually prove capable of being a decent guy? Or that Harry Crane is an accidental racist?
So it's with great trepidation that I even take a stab at what's to come in Episode 6 of the AMC series' sixth season. Based on the 30-second clip, there seems to be a prominent theme of unwanted guests. At one point, Peggy cries, "I want her out!" ... which, I'm guessing, either means her mother is staying with her or she's waiting for a tenant to move out of her new apartment (there's something oddly comforting in knowing New York City real estate has been a nightmare passed on from generation to generation).
Next Don asks, "How long is he staying?" — presumably about a male friend or relative of Megan's in town for a visit. Still, knowing Matthew Weiner, this could all be a ruse to confuse us.
But here are some things I can say with the utmost certainty based on this week's preview: Pete will take a drink of something (scratch that, everyone will take a drink of something), Don will smolder (oh, will he smolder), and Roger will be lying in bed shirtless (thanks for evening out the playing field, John Slattery!) Check out the preview below and check out more of my wild guesses right after.
Pete: "So you want something?" - A work-related, issue no doubt, as he's surrounded by Bert and Joan.
Don: "Why can't you handle it?" - This has to be directed towards someone at work, too, presumably for a meeting he is too drunk or lazy to deal with.
Bert: "You've already done all you can do." - Ah, Bert. The unofficial peacekeeper for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, putting out fires week after week.
Ted: "Could you give us a moment? We'll continue this later." - Directed at one of Peggy's employees, so that he can actually talk to Peggy about something.
Joan: "Pete, no." - No. No. No. No. Pete. No. Whatever it is you're saying to Joan that is making her say, "No," let me clear this up for you: No.
Bonus moments: An exasperated sigh by Roger (don't worry, you'll be shirtless in bed with someone — not Joan though, sorry — soon enough) and Pete packing up his suitcase for the day to go home to his drab bachelor pad in the city.
What are your predictions for next week's episode of Mad Men? Share your blind faith guesses and theories in the comments section below! I mean, honestly, should we really care about anything other than a shirtless Roger?
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April 25, 2013 5:40am EST
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has reached out to New Yorkers over a historical inaccuracy in a recent episode of the show, branding the blunder a "terrible mistake". The drama hit headlines following a recent installment in which Christina Hendricks' character Joan reveals she has made reservations at famed Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque.
The sixth season of the show is currently set in 1968, six years before Le Cirque opened in 1974.
Weiner was quizzed about the error during a Paley Center for Media panel discussion in New York City on Tuesday night (23Apr13), and the director/producer initially blamed Hendricks for "ad-libbing" before admitting, "No, it was a terrible error... We make mistakes."
Weiner added the show is just entertainment and is "not a history lesson".
However, Le Cirque founder Sirio Maccioni has seen the funny side of the story and admits he is thrilled his restaurant was mentioned in the show, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "If I had known she (the character, Joan) wanted a reservation specifically at Le Cirque, I would have opened our French restaurant sooner! Honestly, we are happy to be mentioned in Mad Men."
He has also invited Hendricks to dine at the eaterie, adding, "We will craft a special 1968-style French menu for her and her guests. My philosophy is that one must always give a lady what she wants. That never goes out of style."
April 23, 2013 11:13am EST
Actress Christina Hendricks mixed her personal and professional lives by hiring the wife of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner to renovate her new home. The beauty and her Body of Proof actor husband Geoffrey Arend recently purchased a large house in Los Angeles and asked designer Linda Brettler, who is married to Hendricks' boss, to make some improvements to the pad.
During an appearance on U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday (23Apr13), she said, "I was sort of dreading it (remodeling the house), I've never gone through that process, but actually it was really fun for us. We designed our own kitchen, I'm one of those people, who for years takes pictures out of magazines and collects them and puts them in binders, like, this is the kitchen I've always wanted, this is the living room I've always wanted, so I got to reference those and we designed everything together...
"My boss, Matt Weiner, who created Mad Men, his wonderful wife is an architect, so she helped. Dangerous or smart?"
And while Hendricks admits it was a risky decision, she's happy with the finished product: "She's so talented and amazing!"
April 18, 2013 1:17pm EST
Kentucky native and star of Comedy Central's The Ben Show, Ben Hoffman is a puzzling comedic presence. His half-hour sketch show is part Jay-Walking (only he's the one playing the clueless goofball) and part how-many-weird-people-can-Ben-find-in-L.A. (spoiler: a lot). On one hand, his purposely ditzy antics are clear schtick, but at the same time, he's so ingrained in his comedy persona that during an interview, it's hard to tell when he's being serious and when he's doing his thing. Naturally, we thought we'd further the confusion and seek his advice on a few things: namely AMC's juggernaut series Mad Men.
Six Ways to Spice Up Mad Men, According to Ben Hoffman:1. More advertising talk! People love advertising!2. How about a wacky neighbor? Imagine if Louie Anderson moved next door!3. Speaking of Louie Andeson, what if the whole cast entered a diving competition? Splash is going well, right?4. Sex scene between Christina Hendricks and Ben Hoffman.5.The whole cast leaves work early one day to attend a Velvet Underground concert.6. Sharon and Ozzy split up? I'm too depressed to talk about this anymore.
Hoffman is coming up on the season finale of The Ben Show, so he knows a thing or two about television (are you listening, Matthew Weiner?). But in all seriousness, Hoffman is a beneficiary of the new age of comedy, one that offers up a spread of outlets for every possible brand of funny. "I think it’s the best time to be doing it because a show like mine couldn’t get made a few years ago when they were only a few outlets," says Hoffman, who calls his brand of comedy "specific."
"There’s an audience for everything now, unlike the old days where you needed 10 million viewers or you’re canceled," he says. And it's true. Hoffman's show features almost painfully awkward encounters with Hoffman's own father (who he says is so popular he's getting his own interview requests as a result of the show), his buddy Norm MacDonald, and people from walks of life we didn't even know existed. In Thursday night's season finale, we meet a piñata maker, a Whoopi Goldberg impersonator, and a ballusionist (a balloon-illusionist is a real, lucrative job, it would seem). "We try to think of the weirdest professions possible and then we have a producer go see if that profession even exists. And the answer is always 'yes' ... L.A. is where the crazies come out," says Hoffman.
And while Hoffman's crazies are certainly entertaining, the strangest and perhaps most rewarding moments of his hodgepodge comedy half-hour are the vignettes with longtime comedy vet MacDonald (Thursday's finale involves a bathroom and a dangerous piece of machinery, so get ready). "Basically I’m trying to make him not funny and he’s still the funniest thing on the show ... He’s amazing and it’s just him being himself. I can’t think of an example of wasting anyone’s talent more than me doing Norm movie parodies," says Hoffman with a laugh. It may be a "waste," but it's certainly a memorable running bit.
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April 15, 2013 1:31pm EST
You'd have to have the superpower to see into the future, Matthew Weiner, or both to figure out what in the hell the characters on Mad Men are talking about in these comically, infuriatingly vague teaser previews at the end of every episode.
But after compulsively watching the AMC drama for six seasons, you can start to pick up a few things and spot the clues. I correctly guessed from last week's preview that a bitch-faced Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) was angrily changing the channel on his clicker because of his wife Trudy (Alison Brie) because he's Pete and Pete is the worst. But could I have ever guessed in a million years that she would finally lay down the law with her terrible husband in the stellar Jon Hamm-directed ep? Nope!
And therein lies the frustrating genius of Matthew Weiner. Had he included Trudy telling Pete, "I will destroy you!" in last week's preview, the thrill of that satisfying moment would have been diluted. That said, seemingly inconsequential snippets like Megan telling Don "Yes, sir" can throw you for a loop. Here I thought she was being submissive (she did, however, agree to get back in bed per Don's instructions), but really she was just hiding from him and their increasingly sad circumstances. Damn these previews!
Alas, I will try again and see how I fare during next week's brand new episode. (Is it Sunday yet?) Check out the preview below, along with my predictions for what's going on beneath those thinly veiled sentences.
Pete: "So you haven't officially told anyone?" — Oh, shut up, Pete. From the look of things he's back at his apartment in the city (where, thanks to Trudy, he'll be there a hell of a lot more) and he's talking to his poor side dish girl Brenda who wound up bloodied by her husband in the last episode about their fling gone terribly awry.
Ken: "I know that every gripe he has is directed at me in this company." — Let me guess, the king of gripes...Pete!
Don: "Keep going, I'm dying to hear what I say next." — Megan appears to be smiling when Don says this to her, so I'm going out on a far limb here — he's helping her read a script for the next episode of her soap opera, and he wants to know what his "character" will say next.
Joan: "Please don't involve yourself in this." — Please let us have more Joan. I don't care who she's talking to (though, judging by this I'm going with...Stan) just more Joan next week.
Pete: "What is that supposed to mean?" — Oh, shut up, Pete. Assuming that the Jaguar meetings continue to go as badly as they did last night, it looks as if Pete is spewing venom at either Don, Bert, or Roger.
Bert: "That's not going to happen." — So, deal with it, Pete.
Don: "I don't know if that solves my problem." — Which problem?! Don Draper just has so many these days, but this one looks work-related, so I'm venturing a guess this is directed at Roger.
- Hilarious, pointless shots of people raising their eyebrows.
- Hilarious, pointless shots of Harry, Stan, and Ginsberg's respective facial hair. The tease better not be that any of them are shaving!
- Stan sneaking into a privately marked door (maybe he's doing recon work at Peggy's office after she inadvertently got her boss to go after the Heinz ketchup account).
- Don eye-f**king the camera as elevator doors close, presumably as he watches a sexually satisfied, but emotionally conflicted Sylvia (Linda Cardellini) go back to her apartment a floor below.
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April 08, 2013 12:14pm EST
The Season 6 premiere of Mad Men was an exceptionally compelling one, but it was not a subtle one. Death was everywhere: it was taking Roger's mother and his shoe shine guy; it was foreshadowed to (Don standing by the window in his office was yet another nod to the falling man in the opening credits); it was waxed poetically about in therapy sessions; and it was even pitched in meetings (maybe Don won't jump out of a window, but he'll definitely jump into the ocean). Hell, even the title of the episode, "The Doorway," was alluded to literally and metaphorically throughout. Mad Men is a show that can lay it on pretty thick... except when it comes to those comically vague promotional trailers.
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The Mad Men previews have become something of a joke among fans of the show. We get and appreciate that Matthew Weiner wants to fiercely protect his baby, but watching snippets of the characters saying blanket statements ("Don't do that!") week after week is more ridiculous than Betty's new hairdo. There's no double meaning in these clips, there's simply no meaning at all. Sunday night's sneak peek for next week's episode was especially absurd, even by Mad Men standards. (At this rate, we should pretty much expect to see characters saying "Hello?" or sneezing or taking a nap to leave us guessing at what's to come.)
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Just like last season, I'll try to decode those purposefully cryptic videos with my Mad Men Preview Predictor and you can check back to see how I fared each week and come up with your own theories. On the next episode of Mad Men....
- Pete changes the television channel with his clicker, clearly frustrated. Ugh, leave it to Pete to somehow be a brat while watching TV. I don't think it's something he's watching (Pete doesn't care about anything that much) but I do think he's irritated that his wife Trudy would have the nerve to talk to him about anything.
- Roger: "I didn't know you were capable of being that bad." Conventional theory would tell me he's talking to Don. After all, Don kind of f**ked up this week's pitch (who knew a company wouldn't want their ad associated with thoughts of suicide?) and that phrase could conjure up the Mad Men double meaning (he actually is a bad guy). But I'm venturing to guess this is a Harry Crane-patented mistake being reprimanded, as Sideburns himself is later seen saying "I will have to double check" during a business meeting.
- Ken: "What can we do for you? We'd do anything to make you happy." Ah, happiness: the one thing no one on Mad Men can seem to achieve. Leave it to Ken Cosgrove, the only marginally decent man left at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, to try and offer it to someone. It's pretty much a guarantee he's saying this to a client in this moment. No one at that office would offer that kind of thing to their colleague, not even Ken.
- Pete: "Don't do that." Ugh, leave it to Pete to tell someone what to do and want things to just go his way. Since he has no scruples about who he's talking to anymore, I'm guessing he has the brass ones to say this to Don.
- Megan: "Yes, sir." Megan is saying this to Don, which should actually bode pretty well for her, since Don clearly likes to be the one in control. I doubt this is her being submissive, though.
- Don: "That's how it works," and "What are you talking about?" Oooh, lucky us. Another Don Draper "What?" Actually, I think he's directing these vague statements to over-excited new guy Bob Benson (guest star James Wolk), who is getting a harsh dose of unimpressed Don Draper.
- Peggy: "Well, he doesn't know that." Please, Peggy could write a book on what the men around her don't know, so this could be anyone. My guess, one of the poor saps she made stay late on New Year's Eve. (She really is the better version of Don, isn't she?)
- Pete: "It's all about what it looks like, isn't it?" Ah, now there's the double-meaning Mad Men statement we know and love. While Pete complaining about something could be directed towards anyone, since it's his only means of communication, I'm going with Joan on this one. If only because she was tragically underutilized in the premiere and if anyone can shoot down Pete's s**t, it's her.
- Other preview moments: Don looks at Joan (post-Pete back-and-forth, perhaps?), Peggy laughs (when you're sitting pretty at the top, you better believe she can), and Don shakes his head at Roger (because what else is new).
Watch the thirty second preview and see if you can pick up on subtleties (what does the color of Joan's dress mean, symbolism-wise?!) here:
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How do you think next week's episode will shake out, based on this baseless snippets? Do you think I'm on to something with my guesses? Share in the comments section below.
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April 05, 2013 12:11pm EST
Matthew Weiner, the genius behind Mad Men, is as scary and crotchety as a crypt keeper when it comes to spoilers about his beloved show, which returns to AMC this Sunday. So, if I shared with you any of the actual plot developments he would probably come and gnaw on my neck like one of his network neighbors on The Walking Dead.
I won't do that and the surprises are worth keeping under wraps, but here are a few things you should know before watching. (And, if you are as spoiler phobic at Weiner, maybe you should go read about Jon Hamm's endowment instead.)
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1. There isn't too big of a jump into the future. Past seasons have skipped between six months and a year over hiatus, but this time it's not so long. We know there has been some lag between seasons, but the shift seems negligible.
2. Don and Megan visit Hawaii. We all saw the pictures of the two of them on the beach and we finally figure out what they were doing in the 50th state.
3. There is a wedding and a funeral.
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4. Don is reading The Inferno — and considering his mood (and the mood of the episode) is often determined by the media he is consuming, that should give you a hint of what we're dealing with.
5. There is a lot of talk about reefer.
6. Peggy, who has been so dowdy in seasons past, has killer hair this year. Still, there is one hat that puts her new 'do to shame.
7. Speaking of hair, the men are sporting lots of facial hair this time out. Look for beards and mustaches on some of your favorites.
8. There is side boob, and several shots of shirtless Jon Hamm.
9. We discover Don only paid $75,000 for his Upper East Side apartment. Do you know how much that would be worth today? Sally, Bobby, and Baby Gene are probably still dining out on that money!
10. It's good. It's really, really good.
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