The "Mad Men" final season will be split into two separate years, the first to screen on AMC in 2014 and the second in 2015. According to the Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 17, there will be 14 final episodes and the show will officially end in 2015.
This means the "Mad Men" final season will play out almost the exact same way as fellow critically acclaimed television serial "Breaking Bad," which finally ends this Sunday. This makes sense because both shows are on the AMC television network.
With the "Mad Men" final season airing its conclusion in 2015, that will also give AMC the chance to get their "Walking Dead" spinoff show ready to hit the air that same year, to avoid a loss in quality television for the prestige network.
The first seven episodes will air in the Spring of 2014 and has been dubbed "The Beginning" and the second, and final, seven will air in the Spring of 2015 and has been dubbed "The End of an Era."
The show's creator said this gives them a chance to tell a more elaborate story to end the successful "Mad Men" television run. However, for AMC, this might have been a decision to hold on to one of their last remaining high-end properties for one more year without having to pay extra for more episodes.
The season finale for last season brought in the most viewers in the show's history for a finale in 2.7 million. Those numbers are much lower than both "Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad," but "Mad Men" lives on its 15 Emmy Awards and was the first cable show to win the outstanding drama award.
With the "Mad Men" final season coming, AMC now has to find out if they can find replacement shows as two of their best are leaving the air.