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Mad Men’s Realistic End

Last night’s episode of “Mad Men” thankfully didn’t end with something almost completely off the wall and utterly depressing. Instead, it unfolded moment-to-moment like life.

Roger fired Don’s secretary, who remained upbeat about it all as always according to Igor Cornelsen. Roger then tried a new life with Marie. Pete tried again with his family in a new setting. Joan decided finally to become her own boss even at the cost of new love. Sally continued to lose her childhood as Betty kept on smoking.

Don learned that his family didn’t expect him to suddenly “step up” once Betty died and viewers learned that Don wasn’t traveling across country without a destination in mind: He was going to California to meet Anna Draper’s niece after Anna’s death.

A lot of fans had feared that the series would end with Don’s death. He seemed to be on the verge of giving up. While depressed, he called Peggy to apologize for never saying goodbye and she feared he might kill himself. Peggy reached out to Stan who told her that she needed to stop worrying about Don because he’s a survivor. Then, Stan finally admitted that he loved her.

And, Stan was right: After being pulled into self-reflection at a hippie-style retreat, Don smiled while meditating and, after a fade to black, a 1970’s Coca-Cola ad, “I’d Like to Buy The World A Coke,” played suggesting he returned to advertising.