Megan got eaten by a bear. You were so close.
Mr. Draper, did you know the Bear was pregnant?
Mr. Draper, did you know that your wife was pregnant…WITH A BEAR?
Mr. Draper if you would bear with me for a moment while I maul it over.
Bart, did you know that you just ate 1.3 people?
Verbal – you fucking slayed me with that line.
I think Don already knew, or at least expected, Anna Draper had died because he got a message to return a call to Stephanie in California. And the fact that Megan was pregnant in his hallucination may point out that it was about the baby that he knew she lost, not Megan herself.
well, she is pregnant in the hallucination, so she might have reunited with her dead fetus. and both are “here”
I just thought maybe Megan was there as a vessel of sorts for the dead fetus, as a way for Don to materialise that thought.
if Don had a hallucination where he talked to a fetus that would be trippy
trainspotting did it.
Bob Benson, played by the actor who was the star of the show Lone Star, looks like ‘Tex’ Watson?
It’s all connected!
I love the Sharon Tate theory and I too have thought about it so much that I’m convinced its true, even if next Sunday proves otherwise. I’ve got to admit that there were moments this season where I felt like Mad Men had lost its touch, but the past three episodes have proved that I was WAY wrong. Brilliant show and great write-up as always.
I am really glad you put the hallucination (or whatever) video here – rewatching it I feel inclined to follow you down the rabbit hole – at least to the extent to believe Megan is indeed dead.
Yeah, I’m considering downing some kool-aid after thinking about the “here”s.
Flashbacks have been used on Mad Men many times before, so there’s nothing saying that the Megan scenes in next week’s episode couldn’t be part of a flashback.
or maybe next episode they will use a flash sideways to show the universe in which Megan didn’t die.
WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO THE ISLAND!
You mean Oahu?
The problem with these theories (this one is fantastic, by the way) is that anything less than this, has a real good chance of being a disappointment.
You lay out some pretty good evidence. Sunday can’t get here soon enough.
Agreed, and when it doesn’t happen, I end up with egg on my face. But I just couldn’t resist.
Naw, the episodes are still great. We rarely know what’s coming. Sure we can pick out a few developments, but who saw Fat Betty getting skinny all of a sudden? Or Joan banging the Jaguar guy?
I’d like to believe it, and I think she may be well on her way to dying…
But there were too many scenes with Megan and others in the last episode, talking with the kids, the cops, even with “No Longer Fat” Betty. Also, Betty’s conversations with Don when they talked about Megan did not seem like she was dead… yet.
Good stuff, and all lends itself to your murder theory.
Well, there’s the she’s been dead all along theory, or the she died while Don was away in LA, just as the violence of the city was increasing. The former doesn’t hold up to what you point out, but the latter can still hold.
also, don’t forget that their apartment has already been broken into once when the kids were there alone – so we know the security there isn’t air tight.
yeah, i caught up on the last 3 in one shot. didn’t realize most of that stuff happened before the trip.
Well, did Megan talk to anyone but Don in that scene?
These theories are driving me nuts. Bob Benson is not the Grim Reaper or an undercover IRS agent. Why would they kill off Megan off-screen and then not tell us until next episode? Mad Men didn’t have Lane *SPOILERS FOR SEASON 5* walk into his office one episode and then start the next episode with them finding him hanging.
I wouldn’t put that narrative device past Weiner. Would you?
@Vaseline Yes, I would. Mad Men is very episodic in nature. Sure, there are over-arching themes throughout the course of a season, but very rarely does something that major get foreshadowed in one episode only to be immediately followed-up in the next episode. It wasn’t like one week we were wondering, Will Joan sleep with fat Jaguar guy? Tune in next week! Generally, when they interest a potential plot central to an episode, they close it out. The hallucination was all about Don, and Don was drowning. If anything, Megan will be pregnant, and the Private he met in Hawaii will be actually dead. That’s my guess.
Go watch The Test Dream, probably Weiner’s coolest Sopranos episode. What a trip, with just boatloads of over the top symbolism.
The only reason I’m not 100% on board with this is that I’m holding out hope it’s Betty who dies this season.
Additional theory: Sally Draper is a distant descendant of Arya Stark.
Dr. Rosen flew the plane!
This entire series is a false flag attack to get people to wear plaid.
Didn’t take long for this to turn anti-Semitic.
i love the mad men theories but i dont wanna believe its gonna happen. just like all the game of throne theories about talisa being wrong
I’m not sure the Don & Megan scenes in the preview for the next episode are in fact scenes together. It looks like they are put together to give you that idea but I think Megan is talking to someone else.
Weird. Watching that video again I got the vibe if she is dead she may have killed herself. Perhaps she found out about the affair? Perhaps I went down a gopher hole.
I hope that season 7 goes full Sci Fi with Don talking to dead people, and finally reveals that Bob Benson is the Smoke Monster.
Outlandish, but I’ll buy it.
I’m not sure if they can kill of Megan. Isn’t that why they cancelled Luck?
This comment has been sorely overlooked.
Well, I was always told to never look a gift horse in the mouth.
This comment is pure genius. I physically laughed out loud.
I’m not saying that Bob Benson isn’t up to something, but I don’t think he’s gonna’ murder anybody.
Although if he murdered Pete, I don’t think anyone would mind. That would be okay.
Holy shit Dustin.
If you play the episode backwards it says “Megan is Dead, Megan is Dead”. Plus Paul is barefoot so he has to be dead.
As well as a recipe for a really rippin’ lentil soup!
Nice work M. Night. Does that mean Pete Campbell is David Dunn or Elijah Price? If Megan drowns I guess she’s the Lady in the Water.
is no one going to address betty saying “she’s 25!”
anyway, totally on board with this
I was GOING to, but I think that Megan is 27. But it’s possible that Betty thinks she’s 25. Also, those two quick clips with Ted and Peggy look like they could be in the same apartment, maybe Peggy doing something inappropriate with Ted and then being in a wild hurry to get out.
what’s the significance of her being 25?
25 is a young age to die
If Megan is 27, she could join the “27″ club: Joplin, Hendrix, Winehouse, and some others I bet.
I would just like to say, to Old Fat Bald Chick Magnet, don’t EVER include Winehouse in the main list of the 27 club. She didn’t accomplish NEARLY enough to be included with the likes of Joplin, Hendrix and KURT FUCKING COBAIN WHO DIDN’T EVEN GET MENTIONED BY THE STUPID FUCK.
I think the Betty ’25′ thing is unrelated to Megan living or dying. There are always a lot of plots and subplots, and I think Megan is going to catch Henry cheating…
@Tony Stair: My apologies for overlooking Cobain. I knew there were other worthy members I couldn’t think of. Is Morrison in there too?
Perhaps this will salve your wound:
I think the season ends with Don walking in on Megan in the shower, where she reveals the entire season was a dream. PRINT IT!
You’re terribly close on this one. I think she dies (her clothes are a dead giveaway) but not until later in the season, probably the penultimate episode, causing Don to come out as Dick in the last episode. And then Bob Benson arrests him, as he is an undercover MP officer who has been on to Don/Dick all along!!!
Theorizing is fun!
All kidding aside It wouldn’t be a surprise if you were dead on with this one.
I just really hope they’re not foreshadowing that Megan is up for a role against Sharon Tate. So the season ends with her joining Charles Manson in revenge.
After spending weeks catching up from Season 2 until I was actually able to watch a “Live” episode on Sunday, I have still be reading recaps, and these theories have made it a lot more fun to watch, however, this whole Sharon Tate/Megan Dying thing I think holds a lot of water. Especially in the previews Megan is shown asking “What are you doing here?” I’m thinking it’s someone unknown or even well known entering the apartment. I’m thinking some foreshadowing was done when the old lady broke into the apartment a few episodes earlier, and robbed them. Also, I think Bob Benson (B.B.) is becoming Don Draper (D.D.) he worked himself into presence just like Don did when he got Roger drunk and just showed up to work… Maybe Bob does kill Don because he is envious (His Failures…) of Don’s seemingly perfect life. Also I would like to think he put’s Megan’s head in a box and sends it to Morgan Freeman…
*Bob kills Megan (Sorry) unless he does kill Don, then Boom!
Also Pete says “what are you doing here” shit, sorry, Megan says “Oh?” like she is suprised someone is in the apartment. Either way, maybe someone goes on a tear and kills Pete too..
I hope they embrace Megan’s soap opera life by having her die and then suddenly her long lost twin appears at the office.
and she has a goatee!
In the red crochet catsuit (!) and platinum wig.
I’d just like to see her in the catsuit again.
I think it is also worth noting that is was the Dick Whitman persona having the hallucination, as he says “I told you that’s not my name” when the girl calls him Don. Meaning that in essence, Dustin, your theory about Don Draper dying and Dick Whitman emerging from that has already come true.
It means he got the good shit, and is too fucked up lie.
Well they think you’re right on Vulture.com!
Maybe, and I’m just spitballing here, but maybe Megan is saying “what are you doing here?” to her eventual murderer, a creepily deranged young lad by the name of Glen?! We haven’t seen his unctuous visage all season and what a way to come back.
I always knew Glen would be trouble.
Remember Glen’s starter mustache? Maybe he’s Ginsburg now. Glensburg.
Actually, I wouldn’t put it past Ginsburg killing someone. Wasn’t there a line in his fascist-freakout to Cutler last week about how he can’t stop the bad transmissions from coming into his head?
It’s only 9 years to Son of Sam…maybe Ginzo drops out of advertising and gets a job at the post office?
I took the “I told you that’s not my name” line as part of the establishment of everything outside New York as seemingly on another planet–California in particular, but even New York state outside of New York City. Don’s happiest self in the history of the show seems to have been when he was free to be “Dick” in California with Anna. So it’s understandable that he’d want not to be Don to anyone in California.
Also, it seems like a lot of these theories about Don reverting back to his original “Dick” self seem to lean heavily on the notion that few people know him as Dick. But wasn’t he outed (I want to say by Pete Campbell) to the likes of Roger and Bert a couple seasons ago and they totally shrugged it off (as always, foiling Pete)? That seemed to blur the line of the Don/Dick duality quite a bit.
I can’t see how Don would die in the season before the one meant to be the show’s finale season. As great as the ancillary characters are, he’s the heart of the cast for six seasons. I think it’d be a little cheap and obvious for him to die at the end of (I presume) next season, unless it was done the way [UNRELATED SPOILER] Kevin Spacey’s character dies in “American Beauty.”
Pete only told Bert Cooper, not Roger. Also, American Beauty is a movie that also has the image of the man floating in the pool from Sunset boulevard.
And Holden’s floating corpse is at the beginning of Sunset Boulevard, with the story being told in retro…which could totally work for the last season of Mad Men.
The agency no longer has Draper in its name, and he was fine with it. He is moving further away from being tied to that identity.
Yep, in fact I’d say he’s pretty much completely disinterested with his job.
Holy shitballs, this is good. I really hope my friend’s cabin I will be at this weekend has cable, I don’t want to wait until Monday to watch this.
They also made it a point to point out that Don hadn’t gone home first after getting back from LA. They had their luggage in hand and Roger said “See, aren’t you glad you didn’t go home first?” to Don.
ALSO: There was a lot of talk of throwing people off the scent of change between Cooper and the other exec.
That’s a good point. Plus Don asks Dawn to call his wife but that never materializes as the partners all want to meet & talk.
Oh, that’s good.
Yeah, that’s what got me on this theory as soon as that episode ended. It’s really weird for that line to happen and we never see him actually talk to her, and added to the hallucination, it seems really ominous. But now I’m wondering if this is all a red herring by Weiner. I’m starting to think all the Sharon Tate connections are a purposeful misdirection.
We can’t complete rule out Walder Frey at this point.
Seriously though, just to throw a theory I haven’t seen yet – Megan dies during a botched back-alley abortion, performed by a stressed out Dr. Rosen, having just found out about his wife’s own illegitimate pregnancy. Not a murder, just that he screwed up the procedure due to his own personal demons.
Under my theory, Rosen doesn’t know Don knocked up Sylvia, but he finds out she’s pregnant and knows it’s not him due to a recent bout of impotence due to the stress of his job. So he doesn’t yet blame Don, he just can’t handle everything that is happening to him.
What scares me is how much sense you are making. I am a little concerned at my own willingness to believe this.
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There’s another wrinkle here — when Don asks why Dinkins didn’t get his arm back in the afterlife, Dinkins says it doesn’t work that way and “you should see what you look like here.”
Assuming that’s the afterlife in his dream, that makes no sense. Don isn’t dead yet, and even if it were from drowning, he wouldn’t be horribly disfigured.
But maybe Dinkins is talking about the real Don Draper. He was blown to pieces in Korea, and if he’s wandering around the afterlife, he’d be a total mess and, of course, would be introducing himself as Don Draper, not knowing someone stole his identity.
Coupled with Don insisting Don isn’t his real name in the afterlife dream, maybe this all combines with Megan’s death to set up the switch back to Whitman.
Well played, Otto.
That makes sense on the reverse too. Everyone in the afterlife would be looking for the REAL DIck Whitman who supposedly died in Korea. Hence, “everyone is looking for you.” Dick Whitman died, but never showed up in the afterlife.
Nicely done, zj.
I put together the part about Dinkins referring to the real Don Draper, but totally missed everything else. I feel dumb.
Someone’s seen Room 237 too many times.
Megan interacts with other characters in scenes without Don, though. I doubt they’re going in the direction that she’s already dead. Probably just foreshadowing that she will die.
Pepe Silvia called, Dustin.
New York is an island. Every time Don travels someplace it’s like he enters a new world. Harry is a different person in New York than L.A. Don talks to dead people. Betty keeps changing appearance- going from a skinny blonde to a fat blonde to a fat brunette to a skinny blonde again. Ted and his crew are “The Others” of the office. Bob Benson is an ever-present enigma. You guys really need to talk the parallels between Mad Men and Lost more often.
And clearly, Stan Rizzo is the smoke monster.
It’s all orchestrated by Bob Benson you guys!
He’s the Littlefinger of SCDPCGC and he’s climbing the chaos ladder born of the fusion of the two firm and the impending death of Megan/disappearance of Don as he becomes Dick again.
You’re losing it, Rowles! I see you wearing tissue boxes for shoes!
You know…Frank Gleason wore a black shirt with a red cravat when he told Ted about his cancer.
You know who else wore red and black and died (on stage)?
Roger Sterling in black face is immortal!
Megan could also be talking with the people she works with on the Soap Opera. She twice rejected advances by the swinging boss and his actress wife. Maybe the “something she has to tell you” is to them about work…being pregnant…and something goes wrong in that exchange.
And in Don’s vision/hallucination, Megan says she quit her job to give more love to the baby. So he could have been seeing what was happening in NY while she was telling her boss and his wife that she’s quitting because she’s pregnant.
The last time Don went to California they set up the military deal that almost had his identity revealed. Duality has been a major theme all season. The merging firms, Pete’s hidden home life problems vs the one he presents, Megan’s twin characters, the lighter mix up. I’m certain he’ll be reveal as Dick Whitman in some form this season.
Megan this season has played twin sister and has struggled with creating separate identities unlike Don. Perhaps it’s her inability to do this will lead to her death [if she dies] in someway
I have no opinion on the theory itself. But anything predicated on what’s in the previews is absolute madness. Each line, shot, etc, is such a non-sequitur that is absolutely madness, or plain stupity, to use it as any sort of evidence.
Next stop, Crazytown! Whoo whooooo!
I noticed that when Megan says, “Oh, you’re here”, her lips are pretty red, like her lipstick is smeared. I think she is talking about the other actress who tried to seduce her. She didn’t go into work because of that incident. It leads her away from being an actress and her telling him she wants a baby. He doesn’t. Huge argument, and he needs a place to sleep. Hi Pete.
The hallucination about Megan being pregnant just leads me to believe she is alive.
Or, she agreed to a threesome with Arlene and her husband and Don walks in on it. I mentioned downthread that when it comes to Don’s worldview, Janie Bryant consistency uses red to signify “whoredom.” If I recall correctly, Megan was in red in the dressing room after Don spied on the love scene, red is all over the whorehouse scenes, and the dress that he bought Sylvia – that she left behind in the hotel room – was red.
Stella, that is possible, but based on what we have seen it would not fit Megan.
As to my second point, if Don can have premonitions on death, why not life as well. Pregnancy means he equates Megan with life, not death.
@Philip, but it does fit Megan. Now I have to credit Tom & Lorenzo for this one. Go back to their Mad Style recap of “To Have and To Hold”
([www.tomandlorenzo.com]), where Megan is wearing those same red trousers but with a pink top instead of black.
“Megan’s outfit is working on an ironic level. She’s as demure as she can be; completely covered up. She’s also barefoot, signaling a power differential (because Don’s wearing the ultimate in American power uniforms: the wealthy executive’s suit) and her attempt at being obsequious to him. On the other hand, she’s all done up in pink and red, which in this case signal sex and more importantly to Don, signal prostitution”
The black top, though, is decidedly less covered up than the pink top, being sleeveless. (Granted, since that episode, seasons have changed, but still – don’t interrupt my thesis! *g*)
In any event, I’m biting my nails for Sunday night, and I wager you are too :)
@Philip, one last thing… Arlene’s husband being played by Ted McGinley. I cannot believe they brought him in as a one-off scene character. He has to return in some significant manner (especially given his reputation, true or not, as a show-murderer). What do you think?
Janie consistency uses red as the color of whores, though.
When Don and Megan are talking on the phone while watching the riot in the streets on the tv Don asks Megan why is she worried about the political outcome of the US cause she can’t even vote. Megan responds with “but I live here.” So I think he was just remembering those words in his hallucination and she’s still alive.
Ahh good point.
Why has no one mentioned the Me and Bobby McGee song at the end of the episode. According to wiki it wasn’t released until 1969, and the Janis version that they played recorded later (1970).
Because it was actually ‘Piece of My Heart’ which was released in 1968.
Right you are! Oppps.
No worries. The only reason I knew that was because I just finished watching the episode this morning so it was fresh in my mind.
I really like the theories every week. Adds suspense to a show that has little.
I can’t wait to be caught up with the show so I know what in the hell is going on.
Im really digging the theory about Megan being dead already. Although, hopefully this show doesnt start getting into supernatural stuff. Matt Weiner should save all that for Mad Men: Nights, a spinoff where Don, Roger and Joan solve all kinds of sexy paranormal mysteries…after dark.
Dont give me that look. You know you’d watch it.
:opens up wallet: TAKE MY MONEY!
You don’t want to be inside my head right now. I have travelled so far down the Mad Men rabbit hole that I may have lost perspective. When you’re this deep into a rabbit hole, you see connections everywhere.
Now you know how Alex Jones/Glenn Beck fans feel.
We need to buy him a giant blackboard.
That promo for next week seems purposely edited to completely confuse and mislead.
Don always looks like that when he’s annoyed, irritated, troubled…which is pretty much all the time (unless he’s smoking hash).
And yeah, that’s clearly Dr. Rosen at the door. My guess is that he’s confronting Don about the affair with Sylvia which will setup Megan being murdered in the penultimate episode.
Side note: I never thought of Mad Men as a daytime soap opera before until I wrote this comment. Dammit.
Long time lurker, first time blahblahblah–I made an account just to mention, in connection with the red & black theory, Stendhal’s novel The Red and the Black, which concerns (to quote the convenient Wikipedia summary):
“a provincial young man’s attempts to rise socially beyond his modest upbringing with a combination of talent and hard work, deception and hypocrisy — yet who ultimately allows his passions to betray him.”
I told everyone that Lit degree would someday pay off!
Nice work! Now can you get us some more salsa?
Sorry, but we didn’t read anything in Spanish. How about some nice haggis?
Thats pretty insightful for your first blahblahblah.
Thanks. (On the other hand, my Lit degree hasn’t helped me figure out how to change my avatar.)
I think Dr. Rosen kills Megan and his wife in a jealous rage.. and possibly himself.
I also think she’s already dead. My clue came when Don came back in the office from CA (without going home first) and said “Dawn get my wife on the phone.” Then you never see him talk to Megan. It’s an unresolved line. There’s no reason (yet) to establish that Don hasn’t gone home and that he wants to speak to Megan. It’s a perfectly reasonable thing for him to say or do, but so is peeing—just because a character would do it, we don’t see him do it unless there’s a reason. There’s a reason we hear Don ask to get Megan on the phone and since we never see that happen, I’m convinced something has happened to her.
This is really plausible, but it would mean that she died off camera and, worse, given the typical month’s time between episodes, we’d pick things up with her long dead and buried. Seems off.
When Lane killed himself, it was the centerpiece of an episode.
Or… it was done to fuck with us, because there have been clues about her dying, so this sets up all the suspicion and theories, and everyone tunes in to see and… she doesn’t have to be dead.
Also, she simply looks to real and there and… concrete to be vision or whatever in the next episode, and she’s not talking like a fucking weirdo. She’s very much herself. Simply stated – ghosts and visions don’t get startled, and say “Oh, I didn’t…
And another thing. Where the hell is Ken Cosgrove? I mean we’ve barely seen him this season. We need more Kenny. Tap dancing optional.
All of this is just setting up the new office of Benson, Whitman, Halloway and Olsen
Please, as if you could predict which Parks and Rec character would be pregnant.
It was Jerry, right?
In A Beautiful Mind (2001) there is a Dr. Rosen who diagnoses the main character with schizophrenia. We then find out that many of the characters in the movie were inside the mind of the main character -they didn’t exist.
In Fletch (1985) there is a Dr. Rosenpenis who discovers that his client is lying to him.
Coincidence, but the name of the song that opens the show is RJD2′s “A Beautiful Mine”.
Roger is holding an orange in the preview for next week. Fans of The Godfather (which influenced The Sopranos, where MW was a writer) knows what that means. RIP Roger.
1 more bit of evidence Megan is destined to be murdered:
in the previous season, she was auditioning for a new play called “Little Murders” a black comedy about the paranoia and violence of late 1960′s NYC which premiered in 1967. Made into a movie with Elliot Gould in 1971.
Synopsis here – contains spoilers –
SPOLER for “Little Murders”
The female lead, an optimistic young woman, is shot in the back and killed in her own apartment by a sniper outside the building.
Plus, what about her (final?) phone convo with Don, when she says something about how awful it would be to have your head bashed in by the cops, something like, “Can you imagine? It would change your whole life…” That seemed significant to.
If Megan just died what are the chances Pete would show up at Don’s, or that Don would even open the door for him?
don opens his door in one shot, and in another shot Pete opens his own door. Those are definitely two different scenes.
I remember thinking the same thing. Also the homage to SUNSET BLVD. which starts with the dead guy in the pool and tells the story backwards. So, I was thinking that the next episode was going to be what happened in NYC that week and Megan getting murdered. However, I seriously doubt Weiner would have Don hallucinate in back to back episodes. I expect a very Polanskiesque demise for Megan. Followed by a Trial ala Camus’ THE STRANGER; everyone testifies and confesses that they never knew Don.
I would also like to add/ad? for those also down the Mad Men wormhole that the Scott Walker song The Amorous Humprhy Plugg kind of sums up Mad Men for me. If you listen to the song and compare the two, I would like to hear your thoughts on that.
Did anyone else think it was odd when Megan and Don were discussing his trip to Cal and he told her to come sit on his lap – he invited her to Cal. She said “i would if I could” – Don said something about going to Disneyland again and she made the disparaging comment that said that it was the biggest mistake of her life when she went to Cal the last time. It’s not like her to make those kind of snide remarks to Don – is she rebelling or is she dead. Also, in this scene they don’t really look at each other when they are speaking – not until she sits in his lap. Maybe she is not really there?
Every time someone tries to butt their way onto an account, somebody DIES. I blame Joan.
Loving all the theories. From everything that has happened in Mad Men so far the theory I like the most weight is that Megan’s death is caused by mistaken identity. Also I can’t see the death of ‘Don Draper’ happening this season. Whether it be the death of the identity or of Dick Whitman. I think it’d be more of a metaphorical ‘death’. Something will happen to him (perhaps Megan’s death) that causes him to be ‘rebor’ as a ‘new’ Don Draper. But I don’t know… Uproxx as pulled me so far down the rabbit hole I think I’m in China.
Hooray for being tweeted about by ?uestlove.
Holy shit! That is fanfuckingtastic.
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I think it will turn out that Don was the Smoke Monster and Megan was phone.
I absolutely love this theory!!! Megan is the perfect character, I mean she has no “flaws” thus the best to murder for sympathy! Wow. I completely see the afterlife now in those scenes, scary stuff man.
I do think she is murdered while he is in LA, not before.
Yeah I agree, I think she must have been killed while he was in LA. Also, if I remember correctly, near the end of the episode Roger says to Don ‘Aren’t you glad you didn’t go home straight away?’. I felt like that line was put there to jump out at us quite obviously, to show that Don hasn’t been home yet and therefore hasn’t seen Megan’s body yet.
No way. While she could still be killed in the future, even in this episode, she can’t already be dead. That scene of her coming into the room is too concrete and real, not dreamy or odd like some vision. Also, why would she be startled if that’s the case?
THERE IS NO PEPE SILVIA!
This theory could also explain the sirens in the previous episode. They got unusually loud when Megan was talking. Foreshadowing.
To clarify, we all know the sirens were loud, but it seemed important to me that it was only when Megan was talking.
Don’t forget the way audio was used to illustrate Don tuning her out in the BDSM episode.
The other connection between Tate and Megan is Megan’s reference to not being “from here”, presumably not being able to vote because she is Canadian. Tate was not from California (born in Texas) and spent much of her youth out of the U.S. also, both husbands would have been away on business at the time of death, if Megan actualy died while Don was in Cali.
Megan died while Don was away from home, in California, and she was pregnant at the time.
Sharon Tate died while Roman Polanski was away from home, and she was pregnant at the time.
Here is some more from Sharon Tate’s Wiki:
“On August 8, 1969, Tate was two weeks from giving birth. She entertained two friends, actresses Joanna Pettet and Barbara Lewis, for lunch at her home, confiding in them her disappointment at Polanski’s delay in returning from London. In the afternoon, Polanski telephoned her.”
Roman called Sharon. Don called Megan. Both women were disappointed that their husbands were not home.
It’s unbelievably good!
Meagan and her apartment meeting with that woman from the show who hits on her: “you walked across the park? …didnt you hear about the shootings.” Then when she leaves after her rejection: Status quo antebellum, everything as it was…
I’m pretty mad that I found this blog. I’ve spent the last half hour reading it and buying into the theories on here which only increases the insane obsession I have with Mad Men. I was at the Hyatt Regency last night and paid ten bucks for wi-fi so I could purchase the most recent episode of Mad Men on iTunes and watch it. I made my kids turn off their ipods so they wouldn’t interrupt my wi-fi streaming.
I’ve never gotten the creeper vibe from Bob Benson but Pete Campbell definitely has some slime ball moments. Didn’t Dr. Rosen have an interesting conversation regarding death and holding it in your hands with Don right before skiing across a snowy NYC to get to the hospital? I can’t recall who said what exactly but I know it really seemed like Don was afraid of death.
I put your name in caps because I REALLY want you to read this because I have NEW stuff to semi-support your theory. I think Megan is dead but that she hasn’t been dead all season. It happened while Don was in California:
1. When he was getting ready to go that morning, since they were leaving from work, he tried to convince her to come with him because he didn’t want her there all alone. She talked him out of if.
2. They spoke on the phone for the last time while they were each watching the violence that was happening around the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on the news. It made them both uneasy and upset. She told him she wanted him home because she was afraid for him and he said the same thing back to her. Could it have happened that night?
3. When he saw her in his hallucination she was definitely already dead. The only other person he saw during it was the soldier and we know he’s dead. There would be no reason the writers would show him hallucinate one live person and one dead person, especially because they appeared while he was having a near-death experience of his own. In addition to all the ‘here’ talk you mentioned them both saying, another one Megan said was – in reaction to finding him kissing the blond who had invited him to sit at the hashish pipe – ‘it’s ok, there’s a lot of sharing that goes on here’. I don’t think she was talking about California, either.
4. The kicker for me was that he and Roger went straight to the office when they got back to New York. Roger even asked him, ‘aren’t you glad you didn’t go home first?’ We will find out that of course he’s glad because Megan is at home dead in their apartment.
5. I even got the feeling that the hurried conversation the partners had at the very end of the episode, regarding what the new merged firm should be calling itself, and having Ted and Harry Hamlin (can’t remember his character’s name) deciding it should be Sterling Cooper & Partners is significant. Especially Don’s non-reaction to it. That would have made him extremely suspicious in any other year but this week it blew right by him because he’s got too much going on in his subconscious (as his conversation with Roger on the plane ride home also proves).
And I’m going to throw this one out there but I’m not putting a number next to it because I actually read it on TomandLorenzo.com: the red star shirt that has gotten everyone’s panties in a bunch is very significant, but not just because it matches the one that Sharon Tate was photographed in. You pointed out how Abe had a red star of blood on his t-shirt once Peggy stabbed him, but those two fashion-centric guys pointed out that Abe was actually wearing the same outfit (white undies and a semi-dingy white t-shirt) on that episode. But Abe was stabbed while he was wearing his version. They actually have a little blurb that’s interesting in that it shows how often Megan and Abe dressed in similary much of this season. And we all know how Abe finished out the year…
So, Dustin My Sweet, clearly you have pulled me right along with you. I hope I’ve provided you with a few more reasons to stay there.
Until Next Week, Melissa
I’m bugged by typos… ‘They actually have a little blurb that’s interesting in that it shows how often Megan and Abe have dressed similarly this season’. It’s a clunky sentence in general but hopefully you get my point.
Well done :) But TLo also point out that, before this season began, they saw in the promo photos that Megan was being given a Sharon Tate-like styling – parallel to the Joan as Marilyn and Betty as Grace Kelly styling, and neither Joan nor Betty have experienced the fates of their movie star likenesses. It’s par for the course of Janie Bryant to have the leading ladies adopt a Hollywood persona.
What about Michael Ginsberg??? He’s obviously heading for a breakdown. I think he’ll go bald from stress, leave SC&P, change his name to Larry David, and start doing standup on lower Manhattan by the mid 70s.
Sally is dead… Megan; distraught is also dead.
big connection here: Megan was auditioning for the play “Little Murders” in season 5. Little Murders is a black comedy about a 27 year old young woman who lives in a violent NYC and ends up getting shot in her own apartment. (She is also married to an emotionally void man.) Megan is 27 (if we assume she has aged a year since she married Don at the age of 26. Weiner chose “Piece of My Heart” for the end credits, and Janis was also 27 when she died.
Not sure if anyone mentioned this but in the phone conversation Don had with Megan upon arriving at his hotel he said he missed her and she suggested he “take a swim, it always makes you feel better”.
Finkel is Einhorn!!!!!!!!
The actor who plays Private Dinkins could pass for a young Roger Sterling.
If it hasn’t been said already, Bob Benson has something other than his appearance in common with Tex Watson.
“Bob Benson”, “Tex Watson”. When you say them one after the other, there’s no denying the phonetic similarity.
I don’t know why my comment was posted as a reply, but here it goes again:
Maybe it’s literal. But I’d say it’s important to remember how California has been used in this series. First though, think about all the “motherly” symbolism and themes thus far. Dick Whitman never had a mother. His step mom was abusive and pretty mean. We also know he grew apart from Betty when she began being snappy with the kids and wanting him to beat them, and he grew closest to Megan when she showed what a good caretaker she was on their trip to California.
Now, think about the first time Don went to California. He went off with a group of nomads, one of them literally named “Joy” offered him happiness and luxury forever, if he’d give away all of his material possessions and just go with her. California has always metaphorically represented the death of Don Draper–every time he’s been there, he’s shed his old life and become Dick Whitman again.
The next time he went he wanted to stay and help Anna, but was forced to leave by her sister. The next time he met the “ideal” of Megan–which was a caring mother figure, free spirit and someone who was interested in Don’s work AND someone who Don revealed he was Dick Whitman to. So every time he’s been to California, Don Draper has died and he’s become Dick Whitman again–it’s his version of heaven.
However, whenever he goes back to New York, he becomes Don Draper again–and those “ideals” from California, the “heaven” for Dick Whitman fades away. This happened with Megan too–she went from someone who seemed like the perfect mother/partner for Don, to someone who wanted her own career and completely uninterested in children. (To the point of paying Don’s oldest to watch themselves.)
So when Megan is saying “I live HERE”–She’s not referring to the afterlife, she’s referring to Dick Whitman’s ideal of her. She’s saying the Megan back home is Don Draper’s wife–she’s different from the version of herself that exists in his “heaven”.
When the Soldier says “dying won’t make you whole”–He’s saying that “killing” Don Draper and staying in California to become Dick Whitman won’t make him happy yet, because Don has things he needs to do, he still has ties to his life back home that aren’t broken yet.
In other words, this “death” symbolism is symbolic of Dick Whitman’s desire to leave his life as Don Draper, and move to his “heaven”, which has always been California. And to do that, Don Draper must die. (As for Megan wearing the Sharon Tate shirt, I think that’s going to represent the fact that she had an abortion, NOT a miscarriage and that will be the ultimate death of any “motherly” aspects of her for Don and it will be the end of the relationship.)
The show titles Tale of two cities. Ignoring Chicago for the moment – LA = London NYC=Paris … Or the other way around?
The last line Dinkins says to Don seals that Don is indeed dead in that moment – “dying doesn’t make you whole. YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.” Dinkins is telling us that he’s looking at a dead Don. Doesn’t get more clear than that.
In the ‘next week scenes’, we see Betty saying ‘She’s 25 years old!’ I can imagine her saying that upon finding out that someone so young is dead…
Does nobody study the great filmmakers? Coppola always used oranges in the Godfather movies to signal death. What is Roger rolling in his hands in that clip??
Hmm…this looks familiar… [www.reddit.com]
OMG! Last night’s episode (“Favors”) featured a shot on Ted’s son reading Mad Magazine 121 (Sept.1968 cover date). Some of the contents of that issue: 1) Everyday Varieties of Psychedelic Fun, 2) The Lighter Side of Swimming Pools, and 3) a parody of Valley of the Dolls.
Sharon Tate was, of course, in Valley of the Dolls. Then there’s the swimming pool reference, and of course, drugs.
Megan, girl, you are sooooo dead.
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