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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.
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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