Hey Basketcases … apologies for the lag in following up on our little “Finale Prediction” game. We actually had 52 entries (!) in the game, and it’s taken me a little while to sift through them all.
Using the International Mad Men Prognostication Scoring System, the average score was 0.0, with a high-score of 0.1.
Let’s face it … do you think anyone had “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke” or “Don visits an ashram”? … of course not. However, as requested, predictions came in all shapes and sizes. There were a couple that had interesting concepts, and I’ll do my best to summarize here …
- Most thought Don would fly back to be with the kids upon hearing Betty had cancer (myself included) … having read several of the predictions prior to the episode, the moment Betty tells Don to stay put – and he does – is the moment I imagined everyone throwing up their betting slips in the air the way old men do at the racetrack.
- There was a preponderance of “Don takes the kids to California” or “Don goes to live in California after Betty dies”. Several correctly predicted the re-appearance of Anna’s niece, Stephanie, in one form or another.
- Many expected a Mary Tyler Moore Show-type finale, with everyone gathering together toward the end, most likely on the occasion of Betty’s funeral.
- There were many references to The Hobo Code as a kind of touchstone for the series … everything from Don “living life as a man of the rails” to a cameo by the piece of chalk the Hobo gave young Dick.
- There were equally as many “Peggy and Stan get together,” as “Peggy and Stan do not get together” predictions.
- Very few predicted Don would stay in advertising in any way.
- Many predicted flashbacks and/or jump-aheads, with appearances by Anna and/or Adam
- There were lots of “the end of Don Draper” – not via suicide, but due to the emergence of a fully-realized Dick Whitman
Here are a few excerpts from some I thought particularly interesting …
Don has a spiritual experience, almost Christian but not, and is truly born again, not in terms of being Don or Dick, but new from the inside out. – Michael
This was the 0.1
If the final shot is not of Don with his kids – it should be a camera shot of Don – from behind (just like the pilot) – except the camera pulls away – instead of coming in on him. – Stephanie
This is similar to the actual ending, which was a spin on the iconic “back of Don’s head” shot – Don’s face, full frontal.
Betty Francis is dead at the time Sally reads the letter. The letter was given to Sally with instructions: “Open this the minute you know I’m gone.”
The link below shows the letter dated 10/3/1970 – when the letter was written and sealed. As Sally reads all the leaves outside her window are bright green, making the date in Sally’s room the Spring following the sealing of the letter.
The scenes that cut to Betty show her finals days as a student, struggling to get to class and finish her mission.
But there can be no mistake. Betty is dead. – Hawk
Intriguing, eh? I was convinced this one was on the nose.
I believe Dick/Don is on his way to visit the graves of Anna and the real Don Draper, the man he accidentally killed. – Mike
I like the idea of bringing the real Don Draper back in for a cameo
Pete and Peggy will have a “good-bye” scene. Pete will stop by her office and see her before he leaves for Kansas. – Samantha
Peggy and Stan will go from being good friends to more…just because – Samantha
Samantha with the 2-fer …
[Roger] puts 500k in a trust fund for his son. – Fred
I forget the amount, but Fred nailed it in spirit.
Finally, many, MANY of you expressed wonderful thoughts to me, which were intended for Deb and Roberta, without whom, we’d be wandering aimlessly through lousy chat rooms and inane episode recap comments.
I’ll pass those sentiments along, adding what a thrill it has been to share the past seven or so years with everyone. Here’s hoping we’ll have many more occasions to congregate around truly thoughtful, artistic work again in the future. And further hoping we’ll have the Lipp Sisters hosting the party.