One of the great allures of Don Draper on “Mad Men” for so many years was that he was a man who despite almost everything that ever happened to him, he managed to find a way to still get ahead and maintain a particular public persona. He was the “businessman,” a shrewd advertising genius who worked his way up from the bottom. All he needed was a fake name from his time in the military to get started along his way.
Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for us, we presume), we are now getting ready to have that entire facade completely pulled out from under us. Season 7 of the AMC series, premiering on Sunday, April 13, is going to be an opportunity to see more Don for what he really is … meaning Dick Whitman. As Jon Hamm tells TV Guide, much of this season for him could be about seeing if he can emerge from the wreckage, or end up becoming one with it:
“[Don’s] screwed up the marriage, he’s screwed up the kids. He always [knew] that at least he was good at his job, and now he doesn’t even have that.”
This quote isn’t really meant to be a spoiler or a suggestion that Don is going to continue to be in this place forever, since he has shown himself time and time again to be capable of escaping from almost any mess. As the walls come off, the story will become more interesting, and one of the central mysteries now for the show is going to be how Don Draper manages to find his place in a changing world … and also where he ends up living and who he shares it with.
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