We recently went through a series of character debates in talking about the upcoming seventh season of “Mad Men,” and when it came to Don Draper and his former protegee Peggy Olson, one of the concepts discussed was that of recovery. Is it possible for Don, a man who has been severely broken in many ways, to actually become something more than a harbinger of misery? His own egotism left him in the vulnerable state that caused him to implode at the end of season 6, following a series of devastating moves: Having Sally catch him with Sylvia, having been called a “monster” by Peggy over his treatment of Ted, and then telling his Hershey chocolate story that led to him losing his job semi-permanently at SC&P.
While there is no way to actually obtain scoop on season 7 save for maybe reading Matthew Weiner’s mind, Elisabeth Moss presented an interesting take on where Peggy is now following her “monster” comment to TVLine:
“We’ve had so many arguments, Peggy and Don. We’ve been through a lot. There’s been a lot of ups and downs. But that moment [with the comment], to me, was her lowest with him. Whatever they’ve been through, this thing really broke her heart. She really sees him for who he is in that moment and really is incredibly disillusioned for the first time.”
If Peggy no longer believes in Don, who will? He has grown to become an expert of the facade, and now, he is left with what has to be a very scary possibility for him: Having to believe in himself. At this point, we are really not quite sure that he can pull something like that off to the point of earning the trust back of the people in his life.
The only reassurance we can offer to you for now is this: Whatever does unfold over the next few months pertaining to the world of “Mad Men,” we will have some news for you here.