Mad Men 7.08: "Severence"
written by Matt Weiner
directed by Scott Hornbacher
"Is that all there is?"
One thing AMC has come to excel at is making their original series feel like events. From The Walking Dead dominating, Better Call Saul exceeding fairly high expectations and the excellent "Chemistry is the study of transformation" promo from Breaking Bad's last run, AMC has come a long way from taking a chance on a 1960s period piece.Their latest promo that no doubt runs x times a day is a recap of the years of Mad Men where we see just how far we've come. And now, there isn't much left to go before the journey ends.
The man living the double life revealed late in the pilot is openly telling a Dick Whitman story in front of one of Don Draper's closest
friends associates within ten minutes of the season premiere. One of the women who was an early link in the long chain of Don Draper's love life has met her demise. Peggy Olson knows to make someone wait if you want to try and make it last. And the big bad McCann is now the patron of the agency and isn't afraid to throw its weight around.
But no matter how much has changed in a decade, things remain the same. Don is still lost despite having what many people think you need. Women are still nothing but things to be fucked or joked about. Joan and Peggy are still locked in opposing forces no matter that the world they inhabit is against them. And no matter what you do, someone will come along and overturn the table because they can. Leaving you to ask "Is that all there is?"
- "You've missed your flight." Chills.
- "I want to burn this place to the ground."
- Was Robert Morse in the credits?
- Every brunette looks familiar to Don.