Well, Sunday nights are back to sucking again now that Mad Men’s second season is over…

I swear it was just yesterday I was toasting the premiere of the new season of Mad Men, and then just like Dick Whitman’s identity, *poof*  it was gone. 





Last night’s season finale left us with the Cuban Missile Crisis, Betty pregnant, Peggy confessing to Pete about having his baby/giving it away and Sterling Cooper merging with a British firm.   This season proved to be just as riveting as the first, and delved further into the complexity of the characters and the world around them. Here is what I loved about Season 2, and what I hope to see with Season 3…

  • Peggy Olson & Betty Draper–first season we had these two as damsels in distress; this season they came back with a vengeance and forced the men around them to sit up and take notice.  Now that Peggy has put the Pete Campbell thing to bed and has been working her way steadily up the ladder I think it would be a great twist to have her fall for someone and see what that does to her psyche since she spent this whole season closed off from her emotions.  As far as Betty…she has become wiser to the world, and gained some seriously needed independence . I think she will probably keep the baby, but by making that choice will now view her role in the household as the one who calls the shots, not the other way around.
  • Peggy & Don’s alliance–it’s an unusual and highly complicated dynamic…he’s her mentor, she’s his reality check.  She needed him last season; he  helped her with her career, and he helped her get through the baby saga.  But i think the tide is turning a bit, and this next season he will need her.
  • Pete & Trudy Campbell–this marriage was doomed at the start, yet they both continue to play along.  This season we’ve been able to see more into what makes Campbell tick, and it’s so hard to not be drawn to his character, good or bad.  I think because Roger Sterling is getting divorced we won’t see that happen with the Campbells, at least not in season 3.  Instead we’ll watch as things get uglier and uglier.
  • The Sterling Cooper kids–it’s common to introduce a bunch of supporting characters in a show’s first season and then just let them fade into the background.  But not this show; we are still following Salvatore, Paul, Ken, Harry and Joan. I’d like to see Joan call off her wedding with her future rapist husband, maybe get together with Paul.  Their opposites attract dilemma is so believable.  I’m totally pulling for Harry with his work-in-progress TV department.   Things could get interesting if Sal takes on a double-life.  And Ken will probably end up writing a screenplay and leave Sterling Cooper for Hollywood (he mentions he’d like to move to LA in the finale).

Ok, so here is the real cliffhanger: Mad Men has been renewed for a third season, but the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, is still in negotiations with Lionsgate, the show’s production company…so there is a possibility that Mad Men could return without Weiner, which pretty much means the show would lose its heart and soul.  I will of course be watching this story closely and updating as things develop.


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