PaleyFest: Mad Men Cast Discuss Their Final Season

The long time cast of the four time Golden Globes winner Mad Men, along with Jon Hamm better known as Don Draper, appeared with anecdotes at the ready for the annual PaleyFest TV festival last night at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater.

If you haven’t seen the show the series follows the lives of the men and women who work in an advertising agency in New York in the 1960s. The agency is enjoying success, but the advertising game becomes more competitive as the industry develops. The agency must adapt to ensure its survival. Don Draper is a talented ad executive at the top of his game, but the secrets from his past and his present threaten to topple his work and family life.

The panel at the fest opened with the most anticipated topic as the cast discusses their final seventh season series.

The highlights from the panel have been transcribed for all you Mad Men fans out there, just below.

One of the main highlights of the evening was when the cast opened the panel by discussing just what its going to be like saying goodbye to the world of Mad Men. Jon Hamm described it as being “in some phase of grief at this point and its probably denial. We are, I think collectively starting to realise that the end is coming rather faster than we thought it was and theres nothing you can do to prepare for it. So I think thats going to be at least my operating agenda just have as much fun as we’ve always had making the show, until we can’t make it anymore and that will be emotional but its inevitable and saying goodbye to people is part of life and we have to do that and its been amazing to have this much experience with this kind of thing to have the actual final goodbye mean as much as its no doubt will.

Elisabeth Moss then lead on to talk about her final episodes on the show and what its going to be like leaving her character of Elisabeth Moss behind saying “I think when we started the last fourteen we all sort of felt like it was very normal and we were just shooting the show and trying to make it as good as we could and I think now were approaching the last seven, you know seven episodes goes past really fast for us. It’s definitely starting to sink in that were going to have to say goodbye not only to this work and our characters but this sort of family.” she also joked saying “Because I don’t plan on seeing any of these people ever again.” Kiernan Shipka also talked about her time playing her character, Sally Draper, saying “I’ve been on the show longer than I haven’t, It’s so weird to think about, but it’s true.

One of the other highlights of the night was when Hamm the success of the series and the way audiences are drawn to the show saying “I think it just goes to show the way the show doles out information and tells the story is very oblique sometimes, and when that is the case, I think people, if they’re invested in the show or invested in the characters, tend to start trying to fill in blanks.” Hamm also continued to talk about the downward spiral of his character, Don Draper, saying “Well I think we’ve obviously seen Don have personal struggles in various parts of his life over the course of the show he’s had a marriage fall apart, he’s had trouble with his kids and his ex-wife. But the one constant that has always been there for Don is the work, and work has always been something he could go back to.”

The final highlight of the night, was when Jessica Paré talked about the writing of the series saying “As far as the show goes, I pay attention to the writing of our writers, because they generally know, But that said I don’t know what’s going to happen with the end of the season. So maybe we’re all dead, guys.

The final season of Mad Men will premiere on AMC. Sunday, April 13th at 10pm ET.


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