It’s one thing to keep working while harboring one of the biggest secrets on television; it’s something different altogether to shut your life down to preserve a shocker. This is what happened with “Mad Men” star Jared Harris, who was so intent (with the help of show producers, of course) to keep the death of his character Lane a secret that he did not spoil anything by taking a new job.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Harris discussed this decision through the lens of Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones“) and Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) — two actors who spoiled their characters’ demise by signing on for new projects:
“There was a pilot season that came and went that I didn’t put myself up for because, obviously, if I was hired to do another show, people would know that something had happened.”
Then again, you could say that both Bean and Bernthal were a bit different in terms of the situation — their characters each died in their original source material, so diehard fans already knew it was coming. Meanwhile, Lane’s fate was completely unknown to everyone away from production, even though we saw him take a dark turn for most of this season after he embezzled $8,000 from the company in order for him to pay off some tax debt in England.
More so than Harris’ own willingness to keep a secret, what this story really shows yet is how hard “Mad Men” (a show notorious for keeping their storylines unspoiled) is willing to work in order to make sure you cannot guess what happens next.
What do you want to see Harris do now that he is off the show?