I’ve mentioned before how much I love Mad Men, and I apologize right now, because if you haven’t seen the last two weeks’ episodes, I’m about to mention some Big Plot Stuff, so if you care about spoilers, we must say adieu before you see too much (sniff sniff).
But the thing is, I want to know the thoughts of folks out there who do follow the show. The season finale is this Sunday, and I have a THEORY. I’m laying it out there, folks, and I want to see if anyone agrees with me, or if anyone has a theory of their own.
My theory: Don is going to approach Peggy in the finale and ask her to return to SCDP as a partner.
Why? Because when she left two episodes ago, it was clear that Don wanted her back (duh). Also, in Shut the Door, Have a Seat (the season 3 finale that is, imho, one of the best hours of television ever) he told her he that if she didn’t work for him he’d spend the rest of his life trying to hire her. And, because I think the show is as much about Peggy as it is about Don, so she can’t really be gone.
Okay, fine, but why next episode? Why not next season? Well, they might let it drag over the break, but Mad Men likes to jump time during the break, and so they (thankfully) wrap things up at seasons’ end more than most shows. So that’s one reason. But the primary reason is Lane. Lane killed himself as a direct result of a) what he did, and b) that Don didn’t offer him a way out, instead forcing him to resign. For the record, I don’t think Don did anything to feel guilty for (it’s perfectly reasonable to demand a letter of resignation from someone who embezzles and he couldn’t have foreseen suicide), but it’s human nature that he would feel guilty. That he would look back at his relationship with the people he works with and examine his relationship with them. And because of that, I think he would land at Peggy.
So my prediction is that he’ll approach her. That he’ll have another heart to heart with her and ask her to come back as a partner.
I’ll go even further and say that I think she’ll accept, but that one might be left hanging so that we don’t know she accepted until next season.
So, that’s my prediction. What’s yours?
And now I’m off to see the first matinee of Madagascar 3…because its just that kind of day!