What Do You Think Will Happen on Season Five of Mad Men?

Slate's Culture Blog
Jan. 9 2012 6:47 PM

Sal Returns. Peggy Drops Acid. Joan Names Her Baby Blue Ivy.

Still of Bryan Batt and Christina Hendricks on Mad Men.

Mad Men will return to AMC on Sunday, March 25—so said Don Draper (excuse us, Jon Hamm) on an episode of the podcast “Doug Loves Movies” that went online last Friday (as Vulture reported this afternoon). While AMC would not confirm the date—they are “announcing it soon,” they said—we have no reason to believe that Don/Jon would ever lie to us. (About this, at least.)

So what will Season 5 bring? Well, another Mad Men TV Club from Slate, for one thing. As we await the opportunity to break down each episode with our readers, we’ve begun speculating about what Season 5 might entail. (Series creator Matthew Weiner has dropped a few hints about how the series will end, but he has been tight-lipped, so far, about what’s around the corner.)


“Megan will be married to Don and working at SCDP,” predicts Mad Men TV Club veteran Julia Turner. What will Megan be doing for the upstart advertising firm? She’ll be a “junior creative, not a secretary,” Turner says, “which will rankle Peggy.” Nathan Heller has a few guesses concerning the future of Don’s Daughter: “Sally will disappear with that creepy neighborhood kid,” he says, referring to Glen Bishop (played by Weiner’s son Marten). She’ll “go to Encino and become a groupie,” he adds. “Also likely: the sudden appearance of a Black Power character/caricature, á la Rabbit Redux.”

Jody Rosen offered his prophecies in Twitter-ready form:

Sal returns. Peggy drops acid. Joan names Roger's baby Blue Ivy. #madmenpredictions

What do you think will happen? Let us know in the comments—or on Twitter, where you can append the hastag #MadMenPredictions. We’ll retweet our favorites on Slate’s Twitter feed.

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer. 


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