Flashbacks, hijacking, murder: The 5 maddest ‘Mad Men’ finale theories

Written By kom nampuldu on Senin, 30 Maret 2015 | 18.18

As the final episodes of AMC's "Mad Men" begin on April 5, our attention turns again to the many theories, from the mundane to the outlandish, about how the cryptic '60s drama will conclude. Creator Matthew Weiner has been vague, but says he's known for years how it will all go down: He said on the "Today" show this week that he informed the show's star, Jon Hamm, four years ago — but no one else, until the time came to shoot the final episode.

Ultimately, we can rest assured we're in good hands with Weiner, whose show — while having its highs and lows (there are a lot of Season 5 haters out there) — has consistently delivered one of the highest-quality viewing experiences in decades.

"I do know how the whole show ends," Weiner told Grantland in 2011. "It came to me in the middle of [Season 4]. I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn't mean Don's gonna die . . . Do I know everything that's gonna happen? No, I don't. But I just want it to be entertaining, and I want people to remember it fondly, and not think it ended in a fart." Duly noted.

While we wait for the end to come, let's review the major theories floating around out there among the "Mad" fans:

Don's days are numbered


First, and most prevalent, there's that falling man in the credits. Is it Don Draper leaping to his doom? Throughout "Mad Men," mortality has been a huge theme, and last year's episodes were rife with airplane imagery. Could he be fated to die in a plane crash? Or, in a more literal turn, jump out his office window? There's certainly been in-office death (Lane Pryce) and near-death (Roger Sterling's heart attack) before. Or could Don have a brain tumor, as the Guardian and others postulated, which caused him to hallucinate that blissful Bert Cooper soft-shoe number in the midseason finale?

More broadly, fans have speculated for years that Don will die — using, in later seasons, everything from his reading of "The Inferno" to his creation of a suicide-evoking ad ("Hawaii: The jumping off point") to Neve Campbell's sexy airplane character as "the angel of death" to point to his inevitable demise.

Don is D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane in 1971 — and he sure does look like Don Draper in these FBI sketches.Photo: REUTERS/FBI/Handout

One theory that's recently caught fire in online circles is that Don will go on to become D.B. Cooper. The infamous Cooper hijacked an airliner in 1971, arranged for $200,000 in ransom money, and parachuted away, never to be seen again. The FBI sketch from the time bears a resemblance to Don. And Don's departed colleague Bert Cooper could inspire a plausible fake name for the ad man, who, in fact, stole the name Don Draper from another dead friend.

Megan is a goner

Megan wears a T-shirt similar to one Sharon Tate was pictured in before she was murdered by Charles Manson.Photo: Courtesy of AMC

The once-popular Sharon Tate theory held that Megan Draper, living alone in the Hollywood Hills, is fated to be murdered by Charles Manson. But it was shot down by Weiner despite similarities between a red-star T-shirt Megan sported last season and one Tate was pictured wearing in a 1967 Esquire magazine photo shoot.

"It's so flimsy and thin, and at the same time I'm like, 'Wow, that's a lot of coincidences,'" he told the Television Critics Association in January.

But he went on to assure: "I would not add a person who was not murdered by the Manson family into that murder."

It becomes 'Mad Women'

Some think Peggy (left) and Joan could break off to start their own ad agency.Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Some have imagined a new collaboration breaking off to start another advertising agency — perhaps, even, Joan Holloway and Peggy Olson, as the Web site Bustle recently postulated. (This would, of course, be an excellent stopping place for a show called "Mad Men.") Or, short of that, perhaps Don, Peggy and Pete Campbell launch a business together, per their Burger Chef bonding moment last year?

It was all a memory

Maybe Sally Draper is telling the story of her dad in a flashback.Photo: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Was the show all a flashback or a remembrance by Sally Draper? This theory has Sally going on to attend Woodstock, since her upstate New York school is near the location of the famed 1969 rock concert, and, eventually, chronicling her dad's troubled heyday from the vantage point of a modern woman. Web site Salon imagined adult Sally as Susan Sarandon — a nice touch.


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