Mad Men's ending revealed: Is Matthew Weiner's plan satisfying?

The creator of the retro AMC drama confesses that he knows how the series will conclude — with a flashforward to modern day

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Though the long-delayed season five of Mad Men hasn't even begun, the show's creator has already decided how he wants to end the entire series. In an interview with Grantland, Matthew Weiner says he hopes to conclude the retro-sixties series — current contracts specify at least seven seasons — with a fast-forward to the present day. The show, says Weiner, tries to capture human life and "human life has a destination… It's 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it's related to you." Are Mad Men's ever-vocal critics pleased with Weiner's proposed wrap-up?

This sounds awful: "Please, for the love of god, lay off the age make-up, people," says Seth Abramovitch at TV.com. If there's a surefire way to turn a "potentially enduring piece of art into a cloud of toxic methane gas, it's through the application of fake-looking latex makeup." And Weiner isn't going to stop at aging Don. Other favorite characters like Peggy, Joan, and Pete will all get the embarrassing, kitschy treatment. I don't need to see synthetically wrinkled characters man-handling iPads in modern day to get a satisfying sense of closure.

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