The end may be nigh for Mad Men but fate will have to wait just a little bit longer to catch up with Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and co. AMC might have expanded the final season of Mad Men to 14 episodes but it comes at a price; a spilt season.
AMC is pulling the same trick it did with Breaking Bad and making fans wait even longer for the grand finale of Mad Men. The seventh and final season will air in two seven-episode blocks. The first block, titled “The Beginning” will air in Spring 2014 with the second block “The End of an Era” airing in Spring 2015.
“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” said Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner in a statement. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”- Matthew Weiner, Mad Men creator.
Breaking Bad was not the first series to spilt its final season into two halves. Syfy‘s re-imaged Battlestar Galactica pulled the same trick with its fourth and final series. The critically acclaimed sci-fi spilt its last season in half with the cliff-hanger of the rag-tag fleet finding a destroyed ‘Earth’. Fans had to wait a year before getting the resolution to that cliff-hanger and the big series finale.
Battlestar Galactica’s spin-off Caprica was originally intended to air its first series over two years. However, Syfy changed its mind and the second half of the season was pulled forward shortly before it was axed due to low ratings. British sci-fi series Doctor Who has recently started to spilt its seasons into two-halves a move not welcomed by all of its fans.