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Just caught up with Season 4. Including the season finale.
Um. What the hell?
I was completely expecting the screen to shimmer and Don to walk out of the shower, because that proposal scene to have been all a dream.
What would have been predictable, I think, would have been if Don had lost Faye because of his one night stand on the office couch with Megan. PROPOSING to Megan on the back of her being good with Sally's clumsy milkshake spillage? Jesus.
The whole season's been laden with heavy-handed hints that someone (presumably Don or Roger) would end up with cancer - the American Cancer Society, the anti-tobacco, the numerous times Don's been feeling unwell and out of breath, etc. etc. - so that's what I was expecting, in some form, as the end of season shocker.
But Faye was clearly, CLEARLY everything Don had ever wanted in a woman, being the lover that Anna could never be and the provider of moral support, of understanding, that Betty never was. Her only problem was that she wasn't great with kids. Not bad. Just not great. And for that he fucks and proposes to his secretary? Pull the other one.
I interpret it like this. He could be regressing back to how he knows how to live. He tore out his journal entries. He seems to have stopped swimming (or maybe they're just not showing it any more). He's 'quitting tobacco', but he's still a heavy smoker. He goes with his gut, and proposes because he's totally adrift without a permanent female presence to look after his kids (who he adores but is terrified of) and because he desperately wants to return to the womb of regular family life. No upheavals. No G-Men knocking on the door.
Faye (god I feel bad for her, she had become my favourite character pretty quickly) is cut adrift because she's too good at getting under Don's skin. She has been pushing him towards being the same person in public that he is inside, and he lashes out by asking a girl to marry him because, he says, "when I'm with you I feel like I'm the person I always wanted to be." I think it's pretty much the opposite. Megan is another Betty in the making, and Don is fooling himself.
i guess given dons background and childhood how good megans bond w/ his kids developed was and is particularly important to him it seemed kinda unambiguous that she was better with them than betty or faye
it seems like youre reading a bit too much into the tobacco thing to me but idk i guess it was a good metaphor for the way the business was going but the whole bit w/ him writing that letter while chainsmoking seemed at least blackly comic
i think rather than him regressing into anything its more just that what happened is more in keeping w/ don as a character than expecting some development into idk a metrosexual who is open about his feelings
any changes he makes to his character are small and never really firmly fixed but thats just the sort of person he is and its part of whats good about mad men that its not really pandering to need to embody a thematic arc in him
But Faye was clearly, CLEARLY everything Don had ever wanted in a woman, being the lover that Anna could never be and the provider of moral support, of understanding, that Betty never was
kind of answers itself dont you think
i agree that it was weird and he was probably being shallow and impulsive but i dont really see it as all that surprising in the broader context of the show
as i said tho idk
Rather than just a ploy to get closer to Don? I'm undecided but hoping they go down the genuine ambition road.
It'd really shake things up to have her start climbing the ladder as well
Sensational TV. So slow burning for the vast majority with sudden acceleration in such an unpredictable way. The suitcase episode was nigh on TV perfection.