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’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.
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.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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?