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Final season of ‘Mad Men’ to bring answers and resolutions

These days, anything considered vintage or retro is popular. Vintage clothing boutiques are popping up everywhere, record players with old-school vinyl can be found on the coffee tables of many college students and “Mad Men” tends to grace most TV sets.

The period drama is based on an advertisement firm in New York circa 1960.

Directed by Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” has won 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes in its seven years running. What draws most viewers to the show is the setting. The sets, costumes, cars and demeanor of the characters are so believable, viewers are transported to a time that appears simpler, but is far from it.

Season six, the most recent installment of the show, takes place in 1967. The advertising firm Sterling-Cooper & Partners is going through tough times. After the agency merges and takes on even more partners, it’s clear that they need to make some changes around the office.

MCT Photo Actor John Hamm plays the troubled ad man, Don Draper in AMC's series "Mad Men."

MCT Photo
Actor John Hamm plays the troubled ad man, Don Draper in AMC’s series “Mad Men.”

The stony-faced, tall, dark and handsome lead man, Don Draper (Jon Hamm), battled alcoholism and got caught cheating on his wife Megan (Jessica Paré) by none other than his own daughter Sally (Kiernan Shipka).  Though this may not sound like a person many would sympathize with, somehow Don pulls viewers in and begs them to believe in him.

Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) started “Mad Men” as a timid, unimportant secretary. Now, she has blossomed into a powerful woman. Through season six, she struggles to maintain the relationship with her boyfriend, but things go sour once she has eyes for a man in her office.

A favorite character of many fans is Don’s teenage daughter Sally. We watch her grow up from a chubby-cheeked, grinning little girl, into a brooding emotional teen. She butts heads with her mother Betty (January Jones) who is remarried after her split with Don.

At the end of season six, we were left with many options for the next round of 1960s drama. Don is asked to leave the agency until he gets his life together, so he and Megan consider moving to California where Megan can peruse her acting career. Mr. Draper is also seen opening up to his children in the season six finale, which as lovers of the show know, is rare for him.

Weiner has been tight-lipped about the next season.  The only thing we have to go off of is the promotional photos which depict the cast in an airport. Does this theme of travel hint at the show being filmed somewhere other than New York? Weiner has also mentioned the word “consequences” in many interviews regarding the next season. So it sounds like some of the scotch drinking, chain smoking, adulterous characters we know and love might get what’s coming to them.

While the seventh and final season premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday on AMC, half of the 14 episodes will air this spring, the other half will air in the spring of 2015. For anyone looking for a new show to get addicted to, seasons 1-6 of “Mad Men” are currently available on Netflix.

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