It's almost 2 p.m. on Wednesday so we've still got, like, 100-some hours until Mad Men is back in our lives *taps foot impatiently*. As is customary, the Internet is freaking out as initial reviews hit blogs and Jon Hamm pretends to make out with dudes in closets.
If you haven't been keeping up with Vulture's Mad Men coverage, you've been missing the hell out. On Tuesday they posted a piece comparing the more recent season's with the cultural phenomenon that was/still is/always will be Lost. THE PIECE GIVES AWAY SOME MINOR DETAILS ABOUT THE PREMIERE, SO SKIP IT IF YOU'RE NOT INTO THAT KINDA THING.
Lost didn’t mean to line up art with life for us, but it did, and Weiner should be grateful, because it made it easier to sell one of Mad Men’s most effective and consistent tropes: the notion that it’s all a big mystery, and at the very end of it, you get heartbreak, and then somebody closes your eyes.
Then, on Wednesday, they ran an interview with Vincent Kartheiser, who places the incredibly punchable Pete Campbell. In the interview, Kartheiser reveals that he's killed off in episode six and spends the final episodes in a coffin leaning against the wall. Seriously, though, his interview with Vulture's Denise Martin is hilarious and serves as the one Mad Men-related thing you should read today. It will significantly reduce your burning desire to punch Kartheiser in the face.
Did the cast and crew do anything to mark the beginning of the season? Any pre-season rituals to welcome back —
Kotter? That’s what we do. We do a whole episode of Welcome Back Kotter. [Laughs.] It’s intense. No. Really. We have a peanut butter and jelly party.
That would be great if it were true.
It is true! The women put jelly all over themselves and the men put peanut butter and we run full speed and bop! We bounce. It’s a much hairier party than you think it is. Okay, no, we don’t have any rituals. We show up and we work. [Vulture]