The final season of Matthew Weiner’s quality hit series Mad Men is set to begin on AMC on April 15. Actually, it will technically be the second half of the show’s final season as for some reason AMC chose to split it in two and air each half a year apart.
A writer and producer for the television shows Becker and the Sopranos before he created Mad Men, the 49 year old Weiner was born into a Jewish family in Baltimore.
There are only seven episodes left of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular show which stars John Hamm, Elizabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks.
“What an incredible journey this has been, ” executive producer Matthew Weiner says. “I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”
Matthew Weiner told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews, “The last seven episodes, I would say each one of them feels like a finale in the show. The shows became so much more concentrated on these characters. We’re really going to have to focus on our main people.”
“I’m extremely interested in what the audience thinks, so much so that I’m trying not to confound them, not frustrate and irritate them, ” Weiner added. “I don’t want them to walk away angry. But I don’t want to pander to them. This sounds patronizing, but as the person telling the story, sometimes people have to be protected from what they want to see happen and the story has to have its own organic thing. You can’t just give them everything that they want.”
By far the show’s biggest break out star has been John Hamm. He quipped, “So looking forward to being unemployed. So happy not to see any of these people ever again. All of that is really great. Hashtag sarcasm. There’s no version of this ending that’s not super painful for me. Mostly, it’s because of these people, because they’ve been this single constant in my creative life for the last decade, so that’s kind of tough. Yeah, I will be happy when the shows air and I don’t have to act like I don’t know how it ends or make up some ridiculous story about robots or zombies, but I’ll never be able to have this again and that’s a drag.”