“Mad Men” final season will be split in two, with first seven episodes airing in 2014 and in 2015, the seven final episodes will air. Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” creator and executive producer claims this gives them a chance “to have a more elaborate story told in two parts,” according to the Huffington Post on Sept. 17.
This model of a split season was used with “Breaking Bad” and it was very successful, so they are following suit with “Mad Men.” In the spring of 2014, the first half of the “Mad Men” final season will air, called “The Beginning.” Followed by “The End of an Era,” which will air in the spring of 2015. AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement:
"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.”
“Breaking Bad” recently had its biggest audience ever with bringing back half of a season at a time to wind down the show to the end. Weiner believes the show can do a more elaborate story telling with this type of format, which “can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience.”
The anticipation alone does conjure up much publicity for the show, as people take to the social networks to discuss their views and thoughts on these long-drawn out seasons. That anticipation often turns to aggravation for some fans of the show, who are now looking almost two years into the future to see the finale of the show.
Knowing this far in advance on how the creators of the “Mad Men” series plan to drag out the final season does seem like a big commitment from fans. You’re looking at only 14 new episodes over the next two years. Many fans can’t help looking back to happier times when a 14-episode season went for 14 weeks in a row.
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