Salon's Robin Sayers is gunning for Mad Men's Pete Campbell, who she's convinced "is about to tumble out a window." Her exhaustive list of references to death, falling, Pete, and windows in last week's season premiere of Mad Men reads like a "Paul is Dead" conspiracy theory -- entirely too much time spent examining minutiae of mise en scène that probably means nothing. But her sheer persistance in picking out Pete's death foretold will be so very vindicated if the character actually dies, and he just might. During the tense contract talks between AMC and Weiner, The Wrap reported the show creator was asked to kill off six characters, so maybe it planted an idea in Weiner's head. And while Pete would be a big one to lose, it's not out of keeping with AMC dramas to kill off major characters (as happened in the last couple episodes of Walking Dead).
Some of Sayers' contentions seem like quite a stretch. For example she sees a reference to death: "Don tells the children to 'Give Morticia and Lurch my love.' Morticia, just one letter shy of 'mortician.' " But it's hard to see that as anything more than a simple Addams Family reference. But others may be telling, especially the plot line about Pete trading offices to one with a window. Sayers points out a couple shots of Pete staring out of windows -- one in his new office and the other on his train ride home, when a fellow rider says, "I hope to be dead by Christmas." That's far from a lock but we'll buy it as foreshadowing. There's also the fact that death by falling runs in Pete's family (remember his father died in a plane crash in season 2), and Pete's infamous line from later in season 2 when he says, "if I'm going to die, I want to die in Manhattan." If he does, we know who'll be cheering.