Jon Hamm Explains Mad Men Ending

'I'll see you on The Love Boat'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2015 2:57 AM CDT

Confused by the finale of Mad Men? In a spoiler-laden New York Times interview, Jon Hamm admits the final scene is a "little bit ambiguous" and gives his own take on Don Draper's fate. When the scene cuts from Draper meditating at a California retreat to Coke's 1971 "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" commercial, it means Draper has a "serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is," Hamm says. "And who he is, is an advertising man." This could be seen as cynical, Hamm says, but he thinks that for Draper, it is actually a moment of "understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led."

Some people have complained the ending is too "rom-com-y," Hamm says, but he stresses that "it's not the end of anything" and that "the world doesn't blow up" right after the Coke commercial. "No one is suggesting that Stan and Peggy live happily ever after, or that Joan's business is a rousing success, or that Roger and Marie come back from Paris together," he says. "None of it is done." So what next for Hamm? He tells the Times he will "fade into obscurity" at some point, but hopefully not straight away. "As I said to someone, I'll see you on The Love Boat," he says. "And if you print that, somebody, somewhere, is going to pitch that." Click for the full interview. Series creator Matt Weiner will discuss the show at a New York Public Library appearance tomorrow night, reports Entertainment Weekly. (More Jon Hamm stories.)

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