"Mad Men" Season 6 is just around the corner, and we are counting the minutes. Will Don Draper remain loyal to his new wife, Megan? Will Betty Draper finally shed weight and get back to her previously sexy self? And will Sally finally experience her first kiss?
The Season 6 premiere airs on Sunday, April 7 to the relief and delight of countless fans who have been waiting to find out the answers to these and other burning questions.
"Mad Men" Season 6 will be the second-to-last season of the massively popular AMC drama, as executive producer Matthew Weiner revealed to the Daily Beast back in January. It's hard to believe our days with Don Draper are numbered, but setting an end date is often beneficial to the writing of high-quality dramas such as Mad Men and we can be sure there won't be any time or story wasted in Season 6. So what's in store? It looked like some major chapters were closing in the "Mad Men" Season 5 finale, and the death of Lane Pryce a few episodes prior added a grim note to the atmosphere. Fans have speculated that in "Mad Men" Season 6 Don and Megan get divorced, Pete Campbell commits suicide, and Peggy Olson leaves forever.
But, as always, nothing is as it seems when it comes to the plot of this complicated drama. Read on for "Mad Men" Season 6 spoilers!
Near the end of Season 5, Peggy Olson finally decided enough was enough and left Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce to work for one of Don Draper's rivals, worrying fans who feared that Elizabeth Moss would be leaving "Mad Men" and taking her character with her. However, Weiner assures fans that Peggy has moved on from Don Draper's agency, she has certainly not left the "Mad Men" universe. The assurance came as a relief to many fans who consider Peggy Olson to be as central to the show as Don Draper. Her struggles, and hopefully her successes, as she struggles to make it as a professional woman in 1960s New York will be a huge draw for audiences. Like Don, Peggy has often run in more bohemian circles than many of her colleagues. "Mad Men" Season 6 will definitely show her interacting with the cultural upheaval of the later sixties in a very interesting way as she continues to make her mark in the world of corporate advertising.
The last season was another dark one for Don Draper, who struggled to find a balance between the Don Draper of earlier seasons, who was a creative powerhouse at work but a failure as a husband, with the new Don Draper, who was loyal to his wife but struggled to reach the same professional heights he once enjoyed. The complicated character never seemed to get a chance to recover from Season 4, when alcoholism and personal problems reduced him to a mere shadow of the suave creative director who had once blown clients and TV audiences away with his charisma. It seemed he expected to be revitalized by his fresh start with Megan, but the marriage was plagued with problems and he was criticized by Bert Cooper for phoning in his performance at SCDP.
If Don's devotion to Megan bothered the characters on "Mad Men," it didn't please fans much either: The amount of screen time devoted to Jessica Paré's character frustrated many viewers, who felt more invested in the characters they'd gotten to know in prior seasons and didn't understand why Don Draper's new wife was getting so much screen time.
Fans hoping to see much, much less of Paré in "Mad Men" Season 6 were encouraged by last season's finale, which showed Don walking away from Megan as she happily prepared to shoot her first commercial. The final shot showed him sipping a drink and being propositioned by two beautiful women. Though the camera faded to black before we heard his reply, fans everywhere took the scene as a sign that the old Don Draper was back, and "Mad Men" Season 6 would open with that pesky marriage going up in flames.
However, Weiner has been mum on the issue, and leaked shots of "Mad Men" Season 6 reveal Don and Megan cavorting together on the beach. Looks like fans might have to put up with this marriage at least a little longer. But who could forget the look he gave in that Season 5 finale, or the happiness on Megan's face as she embarked on a career path independent from her husband's? Don was never comfortable with Megan's need for independence, and odds are she's going to pay for her solo success by suffering the same deceptions as ex-wife Betty. There's just no way things between these two are going to carry on as before, though only time will tell if that means less screen time for Jessica Paré. Maybe she'll just pop in once in awhile for a musical cameo like last season's infamous "Zou Bisou Bisou."
What about Pete Campbell and Joan Harris? Pete Campbell had such a miserable time in Season 5 that fans started to read signs of a future suicide. There were clues of death throughout the season, but it turned out to be Lane Pryce who took his own life. Pete Campbell, for better or for worse, will be sticking around for "Mad Men" Season 6. The last season showed Pete following in a kind of warped version of Don's footsteps, struggling to cope with his own unhappiness with the married, suburban life. The two men have been strangely bonded by a complicated web of scorn, envy, resentment, and loyalty. If "Mad Men" Season 6 has Don Draper returning to form, will Pete Campbell be inspired to follow suit? We hope so! Doesn't everyone miss the funny, smarmy Pete who once inspired this amazing Tumblr?
Joan Harris -- or will she go back to her maiden name, Holloway? -- is sure to deliver some of the most interesting moments in "Mad Men" Season 6. In the last season Joan kicked out her husband and won a partnership in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce after an unfortunate incident in which Pete Campbell convinced her to sleep with a man whose help the agency needed in securing a new deal. That's a lot of drama to deal with, but Joan has always handled her cards with grace and determination, and there's no doubt she'll play a central role in Season 6. Promotional stills show the redheaded heroine standing tall beside the leading men of SCDP, hinting at the major part she'll play in the story.
What else do we know? The famously secretive Matthew Weiner has revealed one major piece of information: "Mad Men" Season 6 will skip ahead in time. Though Weiner won't reveal how much, he encourages fans to watch the last ten minutes of Season 5 before the new season premier.
"A lot has changed when the season opens up," says Weiner. "A lot has changed."
"Mad Men" Season 6 premieres on Sunday, April 7 on AMC.