Matthew Weiner discussed “The Phantom” with the NYT’s Artsbeat (along with the rest of Season 5), and Slate. At Hitfix, Alan Sepinwall takes Matt beyond the subjects of those interviews. DigitalSpy and other outlets speculated that Weiner’s comments at AMCtv.com bode ill for Megan. Matt also talked hallucinogens, civil rights and more with the L.A. Times. He and the cast talked about the season at the TV Academy, as highlighted by THR.
Slate did its usual multi-faceted look at “The Phantom,” while Gothamist rounded up the finale’s cultural references. At the WSJ, Columbia University history professor Alan Brinkley and Columbia theater and television professor Evangeline Morphos offer their take on the episode.
ICYMI: Deborah Lipp collaborated on a Season 5-ending essay at Vulture.
Vincent Kartheiser gets a meaty profile from his hometown CityPages, talks to TV Guide about pre-finale Season 5 and to Vulture about the source of Pete’s angst, his physical transformation, and his favorite Pete Campbell expressions of all time.
John Slattery spoke to Vulture about just how realistic our expectations are for Roger and Joan, his feelings on Lane’s departure, and what’s ahead for Roger.
Kiernan Shipka talks to Vanity Fair about the season finale, Sally’s future, and how Janie Bryant has influenced her real-life sense of style during those pivotal tween years.
Jon Hamm is part of THR’s Emmys Roundtable for Drama Actors.
Julia Ormond talks to AMC about how she got on the show and how she kept the season finale a secret.
Sadie Alexandru talks to Starpulse about chairing partners’ meetings as Scarlett.
Charlie Hofheimer (Abe Drexler) is joining the cast of The Lyons on Broadway.
Jessica Paré is profiled by the L.A. Times.
BlackBook also has a Women of Mad Men Season 5 fashion diary.
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook was at the BoK finale party and presents culinary highlights from Season 5.
The Rawness takes a psychological look at the intertwined themes of “The Other Woman.”
Coloring For Grown-Ups visits NYC’s Krishna Consciousness Center, circa 1966.
Brian Stevens discovers the downsides of being “Roommates With Don.”
Did the DISH-AMC feud cause viewers to miss a minute of the season finale?
The Atlantic examines the problems of marketing Mad Men.
Susannah Breslin’s “How to Sell Yourself” does not mention Mad Men… but is is sooo Mad Men.
Basket of News is compiled by Deborah and Karl — and Basketcases contributing in the sidebar.