‘Mad Men’ finale reaction: Will Jessica Pare be back for season 6?

Goodbye to Megan?

(Warning: The following contains spoilers from Sunday night’s “Mad Menfinale. Read at your own risk.)

Have we seen the end of Megan Draper as we know it? Thanks in part to some new information that has hit the internet courtesy of showrunner Matthew Weiner, there are some people that are hitting the panic button. Specifically, Weiner had the following to say in a video on AMC’s official site (which was uncovered by TVLine) talking about the episode:

“We see her on the [Butler Shoes commercial] set and we realize that she’s gone.”

Is he talking about Jessica Pare’s character being gone completely? We don’t feel inclined to think so. While not everyone has appreciated her character, she does have a devoted following — plus, the ratings for season 5 are the highest on record, with the finale (with over 2.7 million viewers) serving as the most-watched season-ender yet for the show.

Really, by “gone” we interpret it to mean that the Megan Draper that Don first loved is not really going to be there anymore, as she is going to be far busier moving forward pursuing a career rather than having the time to constantly be with him. Are they doomed at this point? Based on the scene with Don at the bar, it’s certainly possible.

Do you think Don and Megan are going to find a way to work this out?

Photo: AMC

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