YOUR Mad Men Finale Predictions ….

 Posted by on June 9, 2015 at 7:30 am, Mad Men
Jun 092015

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.




  17 Responses to “YOUR Mad Men Finale Predictions ….”

  1. he 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.

    That was totally me.

    • Oh I found a good pizza delivery place–not in our neighborhood, but they’re quick and yummy. Krispy Pizza.

  2. Samantha didn’t get a 0.1?

    It’s good stuff. Not as good as what happened, though, AMIRITE?

  3. boy, I was so off, I thought it would be Don at an A/A meeting saying, My Name is Dick and I’m an………

    the ending was Perfect!!!! I loved it….especially Peggy and Stan….which I have shipped for years.

  4. The only thing I got right was that Birdy would still be alive at the end.
    I figured there’s no way they’d skip 8 months in season on back-to-back episodes. So, it wasn’t me being brilliant, it was just math.

    I thought Don would apologize to her for all the crap he put her through.
    Betty saying, “I know”, to Don was the most satisfying thing in the finale.
    She had the class to hold him in her good graces, after everything.
    Unbelievably, great.

    • I was pleased to be wrong – predicting that Peggy and Stan would not get together after “5-1/2-years of foreplay” (and exclaimed at the broadcast that Weiner had “thrown us a bone”).

      I was sure that Don would come back to Rye – and frustrated that he “wasted” his time in Big Sur.

      I was “right”:
      – that Trudy would not dump Pete – and that we’d see him in the finale.
      – that we would not see Mona nor their brat (went out on limb, there)
      – that we’d have “a great Peggy/Don moment (or three)”


      “Peggy will land on her feet outside floors 12-28 and Don will cheer her on” (one of those “great Peggy/Don moments0
      Joan would keep her new boyfriend


      “Roger will fire McCann and live to tell about it.”
      “if all that negative feminine-fan-intuition turns out right, and he’s even more of moron than Pete, then Joan will lose (boyfriend) in a New York Minute.”

  5. I am surprised that no one guessed the coca cola commercial at the end. It was definitely out there as a prediction in several publications and I think a few people on here had predicted it some of the comment threads. It was not that it leaked, just that people guessed it would be used. I thought of putting it in my predictions but since it wasn’t mine I did not think that was playing fair.

    I have been playing the how will Mad Men end guessing game for a while. One of the things I struggled with this year was how to reconcile two things: 1) Don is becoming Dick again and would shed his identity (not necessarily the name though); but 2) Don made it clear in the finale of 7.1 that he loved the work of advertising and was willing to do anything to get it back when he almost lost it.

    For me, the finale reconciled that conflict beautifully and so much more. Don does become Dick again, but more importantly he is a peace with his past decisions that had haunted him throughout the series. But he also realized while at peace that he is ad man and has his best idea ever!

  6. I can’t imagine why the people from Don’s office would attend his ex-wife’s funeral. I believe she was “there” once exactly a decade earlier and met one person (Peggy).

  7. No one here guessed the ending because there wasn’t one.

    We’re to believe years of character development inspired a coke commercial? Not buying it. The ending commercial meant nothing in the MM scheme of things – any popular contemporaneous ad could have been positioned as Don’s ashram takeaway. With so many juicy management and social issues available in 1970 an open ended anticlimax was odd but appropriate. We’re left with sizzle but no steak – the “real thing” of advertising’s empty soul.

    • so many juicy management and social issues available in 1970

      Matt Weiner, IMO, has been scrupulous about not commenting politically in Mad Men.

      When he presents social issues, news items, etc, it’s usually background – neutral – intended to jostle (or be ignored by or argued over by) the characters.

      When Betty and Henry “fight” about the War – it’s the characters speaking – not what Weiner thinks about VietNam.

      When Bert is enthused about Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (in S1, along with several million successful businessmen at that time) he expresses his own excitement to Don with no comment implied by Weiner.

      Same with Abe’s growing radical idealism – which influences his work, his idea to get a brownstone in a “bad” neigborhood, and which eventually caused him to be disgusted with Peggy and break up with her (the stab wound merely precipitated that). Abe carries no water for Weiner with any of that (for that matter, neither does Peggy, as an “opposite” who would have loved to work for Goldwater (and “of course” she didn’t vote for him).

      The Moon Shot episode was a catalyst for many characters – all of whom had an organic reaction. That was nothing like, for instance, The Right Stuff, which was unabashedly patriotic.

      • I’m not complaining. The ending anticlimax was perfect and unexpected. I agree that MM wore issues as fashion choices – as visual stimulus vs. motivation. This is why denuding all past events down to the most basic: Adman = Ad = life was brilliant. Loved it.

  8. Getting a good score makes me embarrassingly happy. I made a copy and sent it to all my friends.

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