'Mad Men' fans can all let out a collective sigh of relief because it looks like the AMC hit series is going to be lasting one year longer than we thought. The network announced earlier today that the seventh and final season of the show is scheduled to air in two, seven-episode installments.
Piggybacking on the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode split, the first half of the 'Mad Men' season, dubbed "The Beginning," will air in spring 2014, while the second, "The End of an Era," will air in spring 2015. We're not sure what we love more: the fact that this means more Don Draper or that the second part is named after a 'Friends' reference. Either way, this is definite cause for celebration.
So why is the network doing this? For the ratings, of course! "This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with 'Breaking Bad,' which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second-half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” stated AMC President Charlie Collier. “We are determined to bring 'Mad Men' a similar showcase."
Series creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner also had a few words to say on the matter and is excited to see where this extended season takes the plot. "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,” Weiner remarked. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”
No plot details were given, but with 14 episodes looming on the horizon, one can only imagine what this could mean for our beloved characters on Madison Avenue. Personally, we'd like to have more face time with Joan (and not just during those Johnnie Walker commercials either).
So break out those fedora hats and your finest brand of Scotch, for tonight we celebrate the continued existence of an undeniably great show. We'll drink to that!
What do you think of this final season change-up? Are you happy to have 'Mad Men' be sticking around an extra year? Sound off on your thoughts in the comments below!