TV chat: What will happen to Don Draper?

The future of Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) is on the minds of some “Mad Men” viewers.
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The future of Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) is on the minds of some “Mad Men” viewers.

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers Friday on Here are excerpts.

Q. This season of “Mad Men” has been good but somewhat flat compared to years past. I think or hope that the scene of Don Draper on the balcony suggests that maybe he, too, is an agent of change.

A. Yeah, the season started really nicely, I thought, but it has had ups and downs since then. But even in weaker moments, it’s still original and interesting. My thought has been that the title sequence may be the end of the series. That is . . . Don jumps. It would be a bold choice — provocative and, perhaps, true to Don’s seemingly endless depression.

Q. Don will not jump. I have a hard time believing they would kill him off. He’s not going into therapy but he might at least recognize he’s repeating bad patterns and somehow change his stripes one last time.


A. Such an optimist. I just don’t think he will ever quite face down his demons.

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Q. On “Mad Men,” when did Harry become so hate-worthy. He was always a putz but never this bad.

A. He’s changing, too, like Peggy. He has met with great success, which is going to his head, and he’s on the cutting edge (i.e. TV)! He’d be like the social media guy at an ad agency these days.

Q. Do you like “Rectify”?

A. YES! It’s the new Sundance series about a guy who gets off of Death Row after 19 years, thanks to DNA evidence. But he’s not exonerated, so people in his family and his small hometown still wonder if he’s guilty. It’s from the producers of “Breaking Bad,” and it has the same deliberate (i.e. slowish) pace. The show is flawed at points, but it takes on a lot of really compelling ideas about guilt and loneliness and fear and what freedom means. Sundance has already renewed it for a
second round. The first season
is six episodes, which is just right.


Q. I loved the surprise ending in “The Good Wife” season finale.

A. It was a great twist, having Alicia join Cary’s new firm. I’m betting Alicia sees this as a way to get away from Will and stop obsessing about him. But I’m also betting that the new firm will be bought up by the old firm — or vice versa! — before too long. Maybe at the end of next season. The writing on that show has been extraordinary. Aside for the glitch with Kalinda’s hubby, it has stayed strong. And they keep the cases of the week fresh by making them about new media and the legal and ethical questions it evokes.

Q. I never really bought the Alicia/Will chemistry. He always seemed too boyish for her.

A. I like Josh Charles a lot, and he and Julianna Margulies have done as much as they can to make the chemistry believable. But she looks too much like an older sister.

Q. I finally saw previews for “The Killing.” I didn’t realize Peter Sarsgaard was playing an inmate. Interesting.


A. Yes, the promos are tempting me, even though I’m still bitter about the taffy pull that was the Rosie Larsen case. I’m hoping, though, that Sarsgaard isn’t just another serial killer in jail who taunts the detectives with clues about other murderers. That has been done to death, serially.

Q. Speaking of which, do you like “Hannibal”?

A. Nah. I think it’s just too stupid, and Hugh Dancy is wrong for the part. By stupid, I mean illogical and obvious and cliched. And after a mildly decent start, ratingswise, it has been falling. I’m not surprised.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at