How pre­vi­ous sea­sons of the hit US se­ries ‘Mad Men’ came to an end

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It’s the be­gin­ning of the end for “Mad Men.” As the sec­ond half of the se­ries’ fi­nal sea­son be­gins at 10 p.m. EDT on AMC, here’s a re­fresher on how pre­vi­ous sea­sons ended:

Sea­son 1 Fi­nale ( aired Oc­to­ber 2007): Shock­ing! Peggy Olson gave birth to a child fa­thered by her mar­ried col­league Pete Camp­bell — never hav­ing re­al­ized she was preg­nant. Don Draper learned of the sui­cide of the brother he had cru­elly turned away. And he de­liv­ered one of his all- time most af­fect­ing ad­ver­tis­ing pitches, for Ko­dak’s Carousel slide pro­jec­tor — which Don dubs “a time ma­chine” — as he rhap­sodizes about con­sumers cre­at­ing a deep, sen­ti­men­tal bond with this prod­uct. Not a dry eye in the con­fer­ence room.

Sea­son 2 Fi­nale ( aired Oc­to­ber 2008): Don re­turned from a long and emo­tion­ally tax­ing trip to Cal­i­for­nia with the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis keep­ing ev­ery­one from coast to coast on edge. Pete, de­spite be­ing wed, told Peggy that he loved her, where­upon she let him know about his hav­ing fa­thered a child with her and that she had given it away: “I could have had you in my life for­ever if I wanted to,” she told him crush­ingly. “But I didn’t want to.” Then Don’s wife Betty told him she was preg­nant. Nei­ther looked happy at the news.

Sea­son 3 Fi­nale ( aired Novem­ber 2009): Ster­ling Cooper was about to be sold from un­der them, but Don, Roger Ster­ling, Bert Cooper and Lane Pryce roared back with a plan to make a fast exit and form their own new agency, ini­tially bas­ing their new shop — Ster­ling Cooper Draper Pryce — in a ho­tel suite. Mean­while, Betty and Don be­gan di­vorce pro­ceed­ings, and Betty, along with their new baby and about-to-benew- hus­band Henry Fran­cis, were seen on board a plane for Reno, Ne­vada.

Sea­son 4 Fi­nale ( aired Oc­to­ber 2010): Don in­vited Megan, his sexy sec­re­tary, to ac­com­pany him and his chil­dren to Cal­i­for­nia where she would take care of the kids. Ro­mance bloomed in the Golden State, and be­fore the episode was over they were en­gaged. Back in New York, Peggy signed an im­por­tant new client, but that good news was one-upped by Don and Megan’s an­nounce­ment. And there was one un­pleas­ant loose end for Don: break­ing the news to Faye Miller, on whom he had been cheat­ing. Re­fer­ring to Don’s be­trothed, Faye snapped at him, “I hope she knows you only like the be­gin­nings of things.”

Sea­son 5 Fi­nale (aired June 2012): Pete was try­ing to end his af­fair with a men­tally trou­bled woman who, like him, was mar­ried and mis­er­able in the sub­urbs. And Megan, try­ing to make in­roads in her fledg­ling act­ing ca­reer, asked Don to as­sist her in get­ting an au­di­tion for a TV com­mer­cial the agency was pro­duc­ing for one of its clients. When film­ing be­gan, Don, un­ac­cus­tomed to be­ing up­staged by his women, re­tired to a bar where, as “You Only Live Twice” filled the sound­track, he was ap­proached by a beau­ti­ful woman who asked the key ques­tion: “Are you alone?”

Sea­son 6 Fi­nale (aired June 2013): Don told Megan he wanted them to make a fresh start in Cal­i­for­nia, where she could bet­ter pur­sue her act­ing ca­reer. But then, as he con­tin­ued to spi­ral down­ward, he tor­pe­doed his heart­warm­ing pitch to Her­shey ex­ec­u­tives ( and put his own ca­reer in jeop­ardy) by di­vulging his grim child­hood as an or­phan in a brothel, and ad­vised them that Her­shey bars need no ad­ver­tis­ing. His col­leagues swiftly de­manded he “take some time off and re­group.” And when he reversed him­self on his plans for Cal­i­for­nia and told Megan they would be stay­ing in New York, she walked out on him.

Sea­son 7, first half fi­nale ( aired May 2014): Megan, living out in Cal­i­for­nia, let Don know she wanted to end the mar­riage. Bert died watch­ing TV cov­er­age of the first moon land­ing. And in a last-minute power play to save SC&P, Roger bro­kered a deal to sell 51 per­cent of the agency as an in­de­pen­dent sub­sidiary to McCann Erick­son, with him, Don and Ted re­ceiv­ing a wind­fall as part own­ers. Thus was life set to go on, richly. But in the closing scene, Don had a vi­sion of Bert, in sock feet, posthu­mously per­form­ing a song-and­dance num­ber, “The Best Things in Life Are Free” — fore­shad­ow­ing the fi­nal seven episodes, which will find th­ese mad men much wealth­ier, but not nec­es­sar­ily con­tent.

AP

In this im­age re­leased by AMC, Don Draper, por­trayed by Jon Hamm, ap­pears in a scene from the sec­ond sea­son of “Mad Men.”

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