Don’t expect a “Mad Men” spinoff once the Emmy winning AMC series ends next year. In an interview posted April 1 by TV Guide, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner said he is “done” with the story of Don Draper and his posse of hard drinking ad men.
“I'm done with this story,” Weiner said of the series’ final season. “It's been interesting to think of where I'm leaving them in their lives …. And it will be as definitive as life is. I know what the last scene with each of those people is. And I'm sure the minute I start doing something else, I will miss them terribly.”
With just 14 episodes left in the series—half will play out this spring and the other half next year – Weiner is getting sentimental about Sterling Cooper & Partners. The notoriously tight-lipped show runner provided little in the way of spoilers, but did reveal that the partners “are going to hire someone to replace Don; and Don has been put on leave, whatever that means.”
Weiner also said of the upcoming final season: "There is a lot of story in the show — probably the most we've had …this season is very dense.”
At last month’s PaleyFest 2014, “Mad Men” cast members Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, Robert Morse, Jessica Paré, and Kiernan Shipka talked about shooting the series’ final episodes.
“I probably started being emotional earlier than everyone,” Hendricks said, according to The Wrap. “I sort of think about it a lot, and it's going to be hard for me. I'm already grieving… I'm just bracing myself.”
“We're in some phase of grief at this point; it's probably denial,” Hamm said. “Because we are collectively starting to realize that the end is coming faster than we thought it was, and there's nothing to do to prepare for it. It just is,” he added.
The final season of “Mad Men” premieres Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. on AMC.