"Mad Men" fans, mark your calendars. AMC announced today that Don Draper and the men and women of Madison Avenue are set to return to the airwaves on April 7th.
Even better, the show's sixth season will kick off with a two hour premiere, written by creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner and directed by executive producer Scott Hornbacher. Weiner threw a few teases on what viewers can expect in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Expect the new adventures of Draper and company to be more in the spirit of previous seasons of the acclaimed AMC series. "[The new season] is different than last year’s in a sense that it was my idea and I was just trying to give bang for a buck to an audience that I didn’t want to lose because we’d been away for so long," Weiner said. "This year it’s really constructed like a film. It is its own story and hopefully it foreshadows the rest of the season...
That being said, Weiner stresses that this is hardly a jumping on point for new viewers, stressing the importance of keeping up with the status quo established with last season. "You should know what happened at the end of last season before you see the episode. The whole season is in reference to last season," he confirmed.
And what of the cliffhanger last season, in which Don was tempted to return to his adulterous ways? Weiner views Draper's actions last season as him attempting to forcibly live a life that was counter to his internal urges, and this season may cast this notion aside. "A lot of last season was told from the outside of Don, seeing him try to act like the person who was in that relationship. And there was supposed to be something about that last moment of [the finale] where Don turns to the camera where you are back on the inside with him and I can say that it is an internal story this season. It’s what I’m interested in this point," Weiner said.
He continued, "There’s an attempt to explore an internal dynamic. I’m sure there’s some version of it in the previous five [seasons], but I want to acknowledge the fact that the audience knows this man very well, so what he does is never going to surprise them. How he does it and why he does it should surprise them."
With the end of the series in sight, Weiner promises fans a satisfying conclusion that will begin to be built toward with the upcoming sixth season. He explained, "We’ve been taking advantage of the 26 episodes we have left to do all the things that we’ve wanted to do, and so far I think that the audience is in for quite a ride."