The next season of Mad Men hasn't even started yet, but the show's creator Matthew Weiner already has an idea of what the series finale will look like. As fans wait out agonizing months for Man Men to start up again in 2012, Weiner's given a little hint at what the next seasons hold. The seventh and final season will end with Don Draper as an 84 year old man, Weiner said in a talk*, noted Grantland's Lane Brown.
I do know how the whole show ends. It came to me in the middle of last season. 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. What I'm looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like ... It's 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it's related to you. It's a very tall order ...
The show has come a long way in those seven seasons. In that same talk, Weiner is reminiscent of the show's scrappier days, when focus groups called the Emmy winning machine "too slow" and "too boring."
This post originally stated that Grantland interviewed Matthew Weiner.