Welcome back to the randomness! Today, my dear friends, I am writing a love letter. No, not to my boyfriend (Applications still accepted. Do not forget your cover letter!).
No, I am writing a love letter to the television show “Mad Men”. If you have been under a rock for the past couple of years (like Emmy voters) Mad Men is a show about Don Draper and friends working in an advertising agency in the 1960s to the 1970s. That is the general gist of the show, but it is so much more. If you have not seen it before please take this time to watch the whole series on Netflix. I will be here for you to come back and freak out with me.
For the rest of you fans…I will continue.
I remember sitting in a cubicle waiting for the day to end. I was finishing looking for specific streets when I noticed an ad on the top of the MapQuest page. It was for a new show called Mad Men. It’s red and black lettering and mysterious cut out of a man on a couch made me click. That is when I went down the rabbit hole.
Seven seasons, six DVDs, numerous hours theorizing with my mom and here I was.
May 17, 2015. Sitting on the couch anxiously waiting for the finale to start. Biting my lip and praying that it will not go the ‘it was all a dream’ or ‘Don goes like Tony Soprano’.
Matt Weiner. Thank you for that ending. It did not disappoint. After that amazing finale, I had to sit down and write my feelings down per character.
People Just Come and Go, and No One Says Goodbye?
Pete had the ending I did not expect. It was happy. I was expecting that damn gun he got in place of the extra ‘Chip n Dip’ to go off but instead he ended up back with his better half. He is going to a better place especially since he never wanted to be in Manhattan. He wanted out and he got out. Happy trails Pete. I hated you, but I was not happy to see you go either.
I think the series ended for him when he sold off SC&P to McCann. He became the dinosaur that was only referred to by others to be polite. I adored his quick wit and your inability to settle down. Yes, even though he ended up with someone I doubt it worked out for long. I will miss you, Roger. I hope you appear to Don singing something completely inappropriate.
Joan Harris nee Holloway
Oh, Joan. She has been through so much. Joan has grown so much in these seven seasons. She went from someone only wanting to get married to be provided for to someone who could, not only be a single mother but also provide for herself. Joan was one of the many women in that era that paved some of the roads for my mother’s generation to be what they wanted to be in life. You are forever immortalized in my mind as a truly amazing woman.
Betty deserved better. She did not deserve to die. She went from being the clueless homemaker to someone that was taking control of her life. Doing what she wanted to do and becoming the woman she knew she could be. Now she is dying. I guess she is still amazing since she chose how she wanted to go. She made that hard decision and she is sticking to it. She is leaving on her own terms. I can respect that. I went from being bored to rooting for her at the end. Either way Betty leaves behind a daughter that will have all the adventures she wanted to have. Life goes on.
Peggy is someone who grew the most, but she was designed that way. She always had it in her to raise in the advertisement industry. What eluded her was love. Yes, her story was finished in a nice little bow but I am happy that she was happy. She had her work, a person that loved her and Don (they were soulmates, but that is for another blog entry) was on his way home. She has the whole world at her feet. It was just up to her to keep going down that route. Peggy is one of those characters I will never forget.
He did not fall out a window. He also made a world famous ad that people still talk about to this day. Congratulations. While I completely despised him for most of the show, I was happy to see you make it to the end. I just hope that he truly put behind all that self-destructive behavior and found true peace. Also, I hope he kept that partnership with Peggy going (soulmates alert…just saying).
All of these characters had such a profound effect on me. It showed me how far we have all come, but we still have a long way to go. These characters were so flawed and made me want to throw them out windows (oh wait…HEY!) but I still loved them because I saw that they were human. The situations may have been insane, but those characters continued to be human and completely relatable.
Thank you, Matt Weiner, for creating the show. Thank you, writers and directors, for writing and directing such amazing characters. A thank you to the crew for bringing the world I never got to experience in real life. Thank you to the actors for taking all these elements and bringing these characters to life.
I will never forget this show.
It shall forever be on my Netflix list and in my Blu-Ray collection.
What did you all think? What would you say to these characters? Tell me below! Until then…the randomness has come to an end. Enjoy.