He’s Moving Into Whose Office?! Time to Revisit the Don Draper Death Watch.

Slate's Culture Blog
April 28 2014 11:06 AM

He’s Moving Into Whose Office?! Time to Revisit the Don Draper Death Watch.

Don Draper on Mad Men
Was last night's episode this season's most ominous yet?

Photo courtesy AMC

Brow Beat is following the final season of Mad Men with the perfect meter to keep track of all the latest odds-making on Don Draper’s death: The Don Draper Death Watch.


After a season premiere full of ominous signs for Don, last week’s episode had things looking up: Don was reconnecting with Sally and finding the faith to go on. Perhaps this would be Don’s year.

But while Don is still promising to “be good,” this episode had us wondering whether Don will really be able to tolerate being such a good boy. After getting rejected by Megan, he glances back meaningfully toward the ledge outside his apartment, where he sat out in the cold at the end of the premiere. He’s back at Sterling Cooper & Partners, but only under the condition that it’s all work and no play. And in what must be the season’s most ominous sign yet—the reason we’re moving the clock a full two minutes closer to midnight—he’s got a new office: Lane Pryce’s. Whether this really is a blinking red sign or just Matthew Weiner messing with us, we all know how that ended for Lane.

140428_BB_madmen12till

Illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo

Advertisement

Read all of Slate’s coverage of Mad Men.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Jurisprudence

Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

Culturebox

Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.

Television

The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
  Life
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.