I was looking over the marvelous new cast pictures from Season 5, and I noticed that they were a little more Joan-centric than usual. Not just the typical ‘stand there and look gorgeous’ shots that we’ve seen before, but several were hinting at plot developments.
For example. Joan and…Lane? We’ve seen them in a few scenes together, most memorably the scenes in when she flirtatiously asks for a raise and later throws roses back at him in The Good News and when she was ‘promoted’ in Tomorrowland. And we know that Lane appreciates Joan’s business skills and management, after all, they would have been lost without her in Shut the Door, Have a Seat when they had to steal their files from Sterling Coo. Joan knows who, what, where, and why just about anything or one, and that’s a quality that I’m sure Lane admires. At this point, I think Joan admires Lane, but mostly on a professional level. But what got me curious about this possible connection between the two was this picture:
Look familiar? (Peggy & Pete in S2)We know that Joan does find some satisfaction in her work, but her personal life is not as fulfilling, the same is true for Lane. They’ve both had sour romances and demanding partners. I still love Roger and Joan together, but who knows? I just found that particular photo of Lane and Joan a bit unexpected. I think they have a mild love/hate relationship at this point. There are fans out there who want a Joan/Lane romance (a Jane?) but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Then there’s Joan in her office/observation room. Is she on the outside looking in? It alludes to the S5 poster of Don looking at the mannequins, but this time it’s Joan divided from the SCDP team from the other side. Her hand is near the speaker, can she turn them on or off at will? Or is it a reference to her possible leaving SCDP? I personally think that if Joan stays at SCDP after she has the baby, the writers would need an exceptionally reasonable explanation if she stays.This is still the 60’s, and a woman coming back to work after a baby was unheard of….unless Greg meets his maker, of course. But I digress. I’ll be curious to see how they handle the Greg/Roger/Baby/Work situation. Another possibility here is that, as Peggy glances toward Joan, these are two women who know how ad-men operate, and they know that the men may need them more now than ever, Peggy is becoming more self-sufficient, and Joan looks as is she wants more power too. They’ll be seeing the beginnings of feminism soon, and I think that their relationship may grow more into a partnership as the 60’s roll on.
And finally, in the group shot, Joan is standing next to Roger AND Lane. Is it March 25th yet? Discuss.