Krystal
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May 18th, 2015, 3:16 am #311

Ok. I liked that show a lot.
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May 18th, 2015, 4:51 am #312

As a part-time new age ding-dong myself, I say this with all due respect. I really wish they'd have had Don return home, rather than out there with those new age ding-dongs. I get that he was maybe finding some peace within himself but some of those scenes felt so clunky and melodramatic.

I felt so badly for Sally and Bobby trying to navigate through their mother dying with little to no adult guidance. Betty was being truly selfish by telling Don to stay away.

I had secretly hoped that Peggy and Stan might end up a couple but I don't trust Weiner any farther than I could throw him, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Holloway-Harris! It took me a minute to figure out where the Holloway came from. Good for Joan!
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May 18th, 2015, 6:56 am #313

Peggy/Stan works for me.

Holloway-Harris because you need two names. Cute. I like Joan wanting to keep going and not retire and stick with Richard.

Yeah, I'd rather we'd have seen Don go home than stay off on his own (or with new friends) at the end... But I do expect that he WILL go home.... Last words to Peggy were 'see you soon' and to Betty 'talk to you soon'.. Gonna take that as true.

Happy-looking endings for everybody but Betty and Sally...

I liked how he offered to move out and help Stephanie... as with Diana, he's just searching for someone to rescue and have a meaningful connection withand be important to... but her 'what are you doing here? You're not family' was a fun response... Really cold of her to take off on him like that, but... It's okay. He needs a little recharge time, and then I think he'll go back to NY...

Stephanie and Diana and Margaret (Sterling) all abandoned children... Sad.

Story ran from March of 1960 to November of 1970. (The Coke ad was released in July 1971)

http://blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2015/05/18/the ... on-draper/

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May 18th, 2015, 10:30 am #314

I wish Don would have gone home. I felt he was disconnected for the 'group'.

I just assumed that Don wrote the 'Coke ad' while he was on that retreat and then went back home to the ad agency.

Happy for Joan. Happy for Peggy & Stan.

Scene with Roger speaking French and saying 'this is my mother'. LOL!

Looks like Sally will be playing 'mom'.

Betty smoking still in her last scene was terrible.

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May 18th, 2015, 1:04 pm #315

I noticed this girl too and I'm going with the thought that Don thought up the 'Coke Ad' and went back to NY. http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/18/ma ... ial-finale
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May 18th, 2015, 2:56 pm #316

Does not sound wonderful.
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May 18th, 2015, 3:27 pm #317

Funny 'oops' in Gate's review... she'd said 'happy for Peggy and Sal', meaning Stan. Peggy and Sal would be a far stranger coupling...

On the negative side, I don't think it'll go down as one of the all-time great finales...

But it didn't HAVE to. The show's position as one of the all-time great series was secure. They just needed to not fuck it up by having, say, Don commit suicide by throwing himself from the top of a building. It's unfathomable to me how many people suggest that would have been a satisfying ending.

This is an ending that makes sense, and does not cheat on anything that has gone before... the end gives everybody new beginnings. It's a happier spot for most of them than we're used to seeing, maybe, but that's just where we're leaving off. Of course, they'll go on and have good and bad moments throughout their lives like everybody else.

I did think we might have been building to an entirely different kind of life for Don... and that's not the case, but... well, maybe he WILL be different this time. He does have a family and people that care about him and a 'home' to return to. Yeah, the meeting at McCann he walked out on looked a bit like a fate worse than death for someone like Don, but... maybe he can make it. Not content to just sit back and be part of the machine (like Ted is doing), but if he can stand out and 'be a star' again... well, the Coke ad is big (to put it mildly), and that's an account he never would have had at SC&P.

I like that Peggy didn't take Joan up on her offer to partner up, because now Don & Peggy (and Roger) are still 'together'...

Weiner always avoided having our people be given 'credit' for any real-life ad campaigns that everybody knows, with huge exceptions at the beginning ('It's toasted') and the end.
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May 18th, 2015, 5:14 pm #318

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May 18th, 2015, 10:30 pm #319

Yes, I agree that it wasn't a great finale. I wouldn't even say it was a great episode. I happened to catch "The Suitcase" during the marathon and was reminded of how great this show could be at times.

All those people pointing to "clues" that Don was going to commit suicide were good for a laugh, though. I wonder if they were pissed it didn't happen, or relieved. Their certainty is a shining example of how we see what we want to see.
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May 18th, 2015, 10:46 pm #320

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