As “Mad Men” enters its seventh and final season, we are all pretty anxious to see where our beloved characters will end up. A few weeks ago several cast members hosted a panel at PaleyFest and gave us a bit on insight on what we can expect from the finale season and how the cast feels about their characters.
While many may argue that Mr. Don Draper hit his rock bottom in season 4- 5, Jon Hamm argues that it actually occurred during season 6.
“The one constant that has always been there for Don is the work, and work has always been something he could go back to,” said Hamm. “At the end of season six, not only is his marriage in trouble, his relationship with his kids is tricky at best, and now work isn’t there. … Don is a survivor. He rises to the challenge.”
Vincent Kartheiser adds quietly accurately,
“Season one, everyone wanted to be Don Draper, and slowly fewer and fewer people do,” he said. “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.”
“I think some of us know where our characters will be,” he said. “I don’t think any of us know what the scope or tone of the whole will be.”
Elisabeth Moss also had some insight about the destiny of Peggy Olsen.
“Her battle all along has been, ‘Should she be Don? Should she be Joan? Should she be someone’s wife or mother?’ She’s finally figuring out that her role is as a woman, as who [she is], as Peggy. I don’t think she’s necessarily figured it out, but i think she’s maybe starting to ask the right questions.”
One of fans favorite pairings is Joan, played by Christina Hendricks, and Peggy. When the two are on-screen together it is an interesting relationship that doesn’t belong in one category because despite their differences in jobs and life, they are in the end equals and friends. Moss explains the Joan/Peggy friendship saying,
“They’re these two planets orbiting around the office, and they collide for these big events,” said Moss. “I think they’ve come to terms on this kind of equal ground. Matt always says that they’re never going to be Laverne and Shirley. It’s a different relationship, but it’s a strong and interesting one.’
Season 7 will have 14 episodes that will be split into two 7-episode parts, airing in spring 2014 and 2015, respectively. You can watch the season 7 trailer below: