With the Mad Men season winding down we had been wondering about the fate of the show's characters, especially with people pointing out gruesome connections between the closet of Megan Draper and Manson murder victim Sharon Tate. But feel free to cross death off your list of conspiracy theories, according to show creator Matthew Weiner.
"It's just not part of the show," he told the Los Angeles Times during a round table with lead actresses. "No one's going to die." When Jessica Paré, the actress who plays Megan, responded, "Thank God!" He qualified: "This season...I didn't say never!"
The question of death had been hovering over this season of the show since the particularly heavy premiere, but it gained traction when some folks online noticed that Megan wore the same t-shirt as Tate. When costume designer Janie Bryant commented on Twitter that the instance was "no coincidence," eyebrows were raised. But in the interview with the LAT, Weiner said the decision to put Megan in that shirt was about fashion. "Women's T-shirts had not come into fashion," Weiner explained. "I always wanted Megan in a Disneyland T-shirt and Janie kept saying, 'They're not around yet.' So I said, 'There's got to be a women's T-shirt,' and Janie brought [the photo of Tate] in and asked, 'Is this OK?' And I said, 'Yes. I want that exact T-shirt.' Little did I know ..." That he would set off the inquisitive minds of the Internet clue-hunters. The other potential Tate connection involved Sally Draper reading Rosemary's Baby, which was directed by Tate's husband Roman Polanski. As for that connection, just chalk it up as a sign of the times. Glenn Whipp at the LAT says "we may not have seen the last of it this season."
Of course, no death doesn't mean something else big won't happen in the final two episodes. We still have to figure out just what exactly Bob Benson is up to.