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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Numb And Number2, May 17, 2015.
Thanks for linking that. Essential reading for all fans.
And while it's just his thoughts, and not any sort of canon, it does clarify some points.
I missed that you had posted it too. Thanks also!
oops. I went back looking to see if it had been posted. I found a post linking to an NPR story but missed this one
Thank You for sharing this. I enjoyed it very much. It wasn't long, but it really spoke to me.
Thus, my two interpretations of the ending, the one where he finds peace as Dick and the other where he realizes that he's become Don and does the commercial. I think either work in reality, and probably would have stuck with the former until I started reading about the latter.
From Wikipedia: I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
The idea originally came to an advertising executive named Bill Backer, who was working for McCann-Erickson the agency responsible for Coca-Cola.
I thought the ad was a remake based on the video quality. Has anyone seen anything definitive on it?
Coke provided a high def copy of it for Mad Men, from their archives.
Read it somewhere, sorry no link.
"We knew better than to ask." Ha.
I assumed it was supposed to be the Esalen Institute
Yeah, the timing and location doesn't match up for est either; according to the Wikipedia article, est was first offered in a hotel in San Francisco in October 1971.
I think Esalen was a more likely fit for what was portrayed on the show.
For what it's worth, here's what Matthew Weiner said about the end of the episode and the Coke ad:
Good find! My wife and I both thought it was pretty clear that Don went on to create that famous Coke commercial.
(Not spoiling this since the show is over and this thread is discussing the episode).
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For the last time.
It's a spoiler if you want it to be.
Sepinwall wrote up the event as well (and did a much better job than TVLine did).
TV Line seems to have oversimplified Weiner's comments. Sepinwall writes that Weiner actually did not say outright whether Don wrote the ad, but he certainly implied what his intention with that ending was.
I'm satisfied with the way Weiner describes it, as it is how I've looked at the ending too. In a rare occurrence of me being impatient with Sepinwall's analysis, I think Sepinwall has been entirely too reductive about the meaning of the ending. Both in his original review, in this week's long Mad Men podcast with Dan Fienberg, and even in the piece I've linked here -- although I think he is finally coming around.
Coke was everyone in these last 7 episodes, so I have no trouble believing that Don went back to Mcann and wrote the ad.
Next to last episode, Don fixes the Coke machine at the roadside motel.
Next to next to last episode, every person at the meeting Don ditches is drinking from a Coke can.
Next to next to next last episode, Hobart dangles the Coke account during their pitch meeting.
Not to mention, Joan does coke!
I watched the last five episodes over two days. I thought/was hoping Don would experience personal growth by the end but he was still an a-hole.