At this moment on Mad Men, exactly six living people know about the Don Draper/Dick Whitman dual identity: Anna’s sister Patty and niece Stephanie (there’s no way they could get Anna’s affairs in order and contact Don at the office as “Don Draper” without having been told), Pete Campbell, Bert Cooper, Betty Hofstadt Draper Francis, and Faye Miller. Of those six, are any of them likely to give up Don’s secret to someone who could get him court-martialed?
We don’t have to worry about Stephanie; she probably likes him more for using his dead officer’s dog tags to escape Korea.
Patty? Hard to see what she’d get out of it. She’d probably just as soon not ever have to say the name “Don Draper” again.
Betty, of course, had her chance in Hands and Knees, and didn’t take it. (I’m going to guess this was about not having to explain it to the kids, or to Henry, more than anything else; Betty doesn’t deal very well with “complicated.”)
Pete had his chance on multiple occasions, and didn’t take it. So chances are, he never will, especially since Don now “owns” him financially.
Bert preferred to use the information as a means to control Don, figuring that Don was worth a lot more to him out of jail than in it. (Side note: Have we really seen the last of Bert Cooper? If so, that had to be one of the most sneeze-and-you-miss-it farewells ever. Miss Blankenship was sent out with more fanfare, for gods’ sake.)
That leaves Faye. Would Faye squeal on him?
Faye obviously has motive. Maybe she dodged a bullet getting rejected by him, but he broke her heart. He dumped her for his probably-10-years-younger secretary for seemingly no other reasons than the over-familiarity that inevitably leads Don to boredom and her desire to see him come clean — that, and having spoken to his 11-year-old daughter as if she was a 2-year-old space alien. (Though personally? Since she didn’t hate children, and seemed interested in getting to know them as people, I have a hunch that if she had put in some time with them, she’d have learned how to talk to them. I had a similar problem many years ago with a former boyfriend’s 10-year-old son, and his telling me just pretend the kid was “Rob,” a naive 22-year-old friend of his, helped me tremendously. But, ahem, digression.) Is that really Faye’s style, though, to rat him out to the authorities?
I’m assuming not. Faye strikes me as the type to get her revenge from writing some tell-all magazine article with names disguised to protect the guilty from suing, or perhaps a juicy roman à clef novel (she could be our Jacqueline Susann!), rather than by getting Don hauled off to jail. Of course, she could just tip Megan off anonymously, that would certainly make the new Draper household a festive place.
But I will wager that if Don does get found out, it’s not going to be until the series comes to an end, or until Jon Hamm decides he’s had enough, whichever comes first. If there was a court-martial trial in Don’s life, or even legal proceedings that ultimately resulted in a decision not to prosecute him, that would take over Don’s part of the entire show, at least for the duration of the story line. And Don in jail (or Canadian exile generously provided to him by his new wife) is not a viable character, unless he gets out of there really fast. So I don’t know how often they can go to the “will this be the end of Don Draper?” well again and have it make dramatic impact, unless they play with the idea of, “Well, we know he’s going to wriggle out of this, but how?”