Mad Men Poll: Did Joan go through with it? Did readers guess correctly?

Slate readers predict the future.
Oct. 18 2010 5:09 PM

Mad Men Poll

Did Joan go through with it? Did readers guess correctly?

Warning in advance! This page is full of Mad Men spoilers. If you haven't seen Sunday night's episode, steer clear.

On the Sept. 26 episode of Mad Men, Joan discovered she was pregnant with Roger's child, then went to New Jersey to obtain an abortion. In the waiting room, she had a heart-to-heart with a young mother. Later, we see her on her way back to the city, looking pensive and composed. The next day, she tells Roger that she's OK, that everything's OK, and that "we avoided a tragedy."  On the Mad Men TV Club, we (and our readers) have been hotly debating whether Joan went through with the procedure. Surely we'll find out by season's end, but why be patient? Let us know how you read these scenes.

Update, Oct. 18: Joan did not go through with the abortion. Slate readers, no doubt educated by Slate's Mad Men TV Club, correctly predicted this outcome by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Check out other Slate polls.






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