When Elisabeth Moss’ “Mad Men” character of Peggy Olson left SCDP earlier this season after being offered a better job elsewhere, the general assumption was that she would probably still be a major part of the show — and maybe even in direction competition with Jon Hamm’s Don Draper.
However, there has been some ambiguity thrown into the mix now courtesy of Jared Harris — who may have let it slip in an interview with The Daily that Moss may be done when asked about whether or not the show threw him a goodbye party after his character of Lane took his own life in Sunday night’s new episode:
“Actors are always ending jobs. It isn’t a big deal in that sense. Also other people had left the show that had been there since the beginning. Elisabeth [Moss] left the episode before and she’d been there since the beginning. Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey) left in season three [though reappeared for one episode this season]… Bryan Batt. People leave and it’s just part of it. They didn’t make a giant fuss.”
Harris quickly followed this up by saying that he didn’t know for sure what executive producer Matthew Weiner was going to do in regards to Moss and season 6, but some of the damage may have already been done at that point.
Ultimately, we would be stunned if we never saw Peggy again on the show in some shape or form. Moss has been a perennial Emmy nominee for the role, and she is still very much in Don’s universe. Will she be around as much? Probably not, but Weiner has a way of keeping actors around on the show despite them being in different roles. (For one example, look at Betty this season.)
If we were seeing the end of Peggy this year, how sad would you be?