An ’emotional but cathartic’ ending for his time on Mad Men says actor Jon Hamm, who has starred as Don Draper since the show began in 2007.
Hamm, speaking at event Paleyfest, added that he will find it difficult to say a final farewell to his character and the programme after nearly 100 episodes and seven years in the role.
The seventh, final series, set in the 1960s world of the Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York, will air in the states from April 13th on AMC and in the UK, on Sky Atlantic, the period drama will premiere three days after it returns to American screens, from the 16th.
The final run of Man Men consists of fourteen episodes, with seven episodes airing on Sky Atlantic this year, and the remaining episodes premiering in Spring 2015. Matthew Weiner’s depiction of life in the world of advertising five decades ago has earned a raft of honors, including six Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series leading to four wins, three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series and two BAFTA Awards.
The previous series of Mad Men saw Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce merge with rival agency Cutler Gleason and Chaough; Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) and Trudy (Alison Brie) splitting up after she discovered one of his affairs; Sally (Kiernan Shipka) walking in during a romantic clinch between her father Don (Jon Hamm) and their neighbour; and Don having a change of heart about a move to LA, much to his wife Megan’s (Jessica Pare) disappointment.
“It will be hard to say goodbye but it is important to say goodbye. Things come to an end, good things especially, and people move on and you have to say goodbye… I think it will be emotional but also cathartic.” – Jon Hamm quoted by RTÉ
The 43-year-old actor also spoke about his character and how the previous run of episodes saw a fall from grace.
“The one constant that has always been there for Don is the work, and work has always been something he could go back to,” …At the end of season six, not only is his marriage in trouble, his relationship with his kids is tricky at best and now work isn’t there…. Don is a survivor. He rises to the challenge.” – Jon Hamm quoted by Hollywood Reporter
The final scenes for the last few episodes are to be recorded in the summer. Series one to four aired on BBC Four in the UK before switching to Sky Atlantic.