“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner is already in midseason evasive form in discussing the final episodes of the series. Still, at an event Monday (Oct. 20) he did allow one concrete fact about the show to slip out.
“Sally is in it. Sally is in it,” Weiner tells Vulture at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction, where “Mad Men” was honored. Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sally, was by his side on the red carpet, and she had just demurred when asked about her character’s story, but hey, it’s something, right?
Read on for more of Weiner talking around the final episodes without actually talking about them.
On how he approached ending the series: “In the writers’ room, our idea was to utilize as much of the real emotion that was going on, of feeling like our world was ending and our job was ending, and just harness that to get the deepest performances we could. The way the story works on the show, I can tell you what’s going to happen in like three sentences. [The actors] can know what’s going to happen, it’s all about how it happens, how long it takes for it to happen, what happens after that thing happens.”
On any historical milestones in the final batch: “To me, we never want to deny that history is passing in the lives of the characters, but the show is not a history lesson. What I liked about doing the moon landing [in ‘Waterloo’] is that it was a great moment of optimism for these people in the midst of something rather bleak. I like the ironic quality to it, and I know that, to this day, it’s still one of the most life-changing ideas, anyway. But at the same time, in the New York Times the day afterwards, there’s a quote from Pablo Picasso, saying, ‘I don’t care about it. I don’t care about it. I don’t care that it happened. I don’t really want to hear about it anymore.’ That’s what I like to do, is that part of it. In terms of what’s actually in the show and what time period it is, I can’t tell you. I can’t even tell you when it’s on. I hope somebody announces that soon.”
The final seven episodes of “Mad Men” are slated to air in spring 2015 on AMC, though a date hasn’t been announced yet.