The fourth season of the AMC drama Mad Men ended in a dramatically big way.
Protagonist Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, seemed happy. So happy, in fact, that he surprised his secretary, Megan, with an engagement ring on a Disneyland vacation with his children. The last shot of the episode showed Megan happily asleep in bed with Don, as he remained awake, staring up at the ceiling, before turning his head and staring out the window.
On Monday’s Fresh Air, series creator Matthew Weiner details his storytelling process. He also talks in depth about the plot and character choices he made last season and in the first episode of Season 5.
"The first episode of each season, in a way, really starts to become the finale of the season before," he tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. "And when you get to the end of the season, you will see it all laid out. But it is not clear to you what is going on. What is clear is that there is a new dynamic, people are in different places. … You’ll see that the language is becoming more modern, that people are breaking a lot of the mores, whether they like it or not. And they’re changing, so when you go into that dynamic, what you’ll see is the setup to a bunch of problems."
Weiner reveals that one of the problems this season will revolve around Don’s relationship with Megan, played by Jessica Pare.
"What’s wrong with it? All I can say is, ‘You know already. You’ve been told. But it’s not what you think,’ " he says.
Mad Men has received 15 Emmy awards, including the award for Outstanding Drama Series in each of its first four seasons. Weiner — who is also Mad Men’s head writer and an executive producer — was previously a writer for The Sopranos.