We're a little over a month away from the fifth season premiere of Mad Men. It's been a long wait; the most recent episode of the AMC series was well over a year ago. So where will the show pick up after such a massive gap in production? Star Jon Hamm, who portrays protagonist Don Draper, had a couple of hints for fans when he spoke at a BAFTA event Thursday.
First, though, Hamm made sure to address the show's hiatus: "It was incredibly frustrating, but it's part of the business. I wish at the start of the show we had just said that we were picking up for seven years. I understand it's frustrating as a fan of a show. The closest I can remember is when The Sopranos was off the air for a year and a half. I remember saying, 'Make the show again, goddamit'."
Hamm also dropped some hints as to where Don might be going during the show's upcoming fifth season, including the expansion of his relationship with Joan (Christina Hendricks). "The Don/Joan dynamic is something that we do explore, and don't take this the wrong way, but we do explore as the show goes on. They have worked together for a long time, they know one another very well and I'll leave it at that." He also (perhaps jokingly) stated that Don and Joan might have had a past romantic relationship.
Don't think there will be any romance between Don and coworker Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss), though; Hamm was quick to dismiss that. "That relationship and kinship, I think Don thinks it's very special. But there's nothing romantic at all. I think Don just respects her as a business commodity," he said.
And what about the show's projected seventh and final season? Hamm already knows the show's ending, but refused to confirm whether Draper will be alive or dead at the show's close.
Mad Men returns with its fifth season on March 25, with the two-hour season premiere "A Little Kiss."