Just for the record, I’m at the bottom of page seven of my transcription and I’m not at the halfway point yet. And I have a day job. So here it is, middle of the freakin’ night, and I’m just done.
You’re getting excerpts to tease and excite and enthrall you. More to come soon. Really.
Matt Weiner: I was saying, I was talking to Linda afterwards [after our finale party] and I was saying, everyone’s so smart. It’s literally like your fantasy of an audience, it really is. I love it.
Roberta Lipp: Well good. It’s been an honor to be the people to pull that together.
Deborah Lipp: You’ve created a literary audience.
MW: That makes me very happy.
About music on the show:
MW: I have a great composer and I get to pick good songs. For 26 episodes I have not exhausted my iPod yet, I’m very happy.
RL: Nice. Great.
MW: I’ve been collecting music for a long time, and I know the period, and I know the period before it. I like to be able to go all over the place.
RL: Yeah, I love a lot that you’re not married to the year that it’s set in. I hate that on TV.
MW: I do too! And I always hear people, “Why was The Decemberists in there?” And I’m like, it’s not on the radio, why shouldn’t I be able to use it? It, it’s such a kickass song and it’s exactly about what’s going on there.
About what Peggy says to Pete in the finale:
MW: She tells him that story about losing things and about being a human being. Trying to explain to him that feelings go away, and things change in your life, and you lose innocence, and you lose things you care about. It’s a very general speech. It’s not about the baby.
DL and RL together: Right.
RL: But it was perfectly analogous to the baby.
MW: I’ll be very honest with you, my wife wrote that speech. She thought it one night and said it to me, and I carried it around. It was like, ‘Is Don going to say this?’
DL: [laughs] No.
MW: And then I thought, this is a female concept, like maybe Betty will say this. I think Betty is going to say this to Don when he comes back.
MW: And then I thought, no. And when we were in the middle of that scene, Kater [Gordon] and I were working on that scene, and Kater did the first draft of that scene, she did an amazing job with me on the whole episode, and it was like, this is where it goes. It’s so eloquent and at the same time so vague, that emotionally you just get everything that’s going on in her.
About Don and Peggy:
MW: Isn’t it great that Don has relationships with people that are not sexual? Isn’t it great?
About Betty as a mother:
MW: Betty is not perfect. And she is too young to have that job, I’ve always felt that way. She may be too much of a narcissist to be a mom. She may not have been meant to have children.