Last night's Mad Men twist: brilliant or risky (or both)?
by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 26th 2009 11:40AM
I continue to be amazed by Mad Men. I don't mean the overall quality of the writing, the acting, the direction, the production. It's easy to be amazed by all that. I'm talking about where Matthew Weiner and his writing staff are taking us.
I think we can all agree that, beyond the bigger picture of how the 1960s changed America, the big story on the show has been "Who is Don Draper?" It's the big secret that he's been keeping since episode one and it has really been the driving force of the show. But last night Weiner and Co. blew the show wide open by having Betty confront Don about the box in the drawer. And when she did, Don actually told the truth! And this wasn't even the season finale!
Betty's reaction was great and rather unexpected too. So, a couple of questions for fans. Is this a good development for the show? Where do we go now that there are no more secrets from Don (well, except for the womanizing)? Did you want the show to keep this secret going until the last season or are you fine with it being revealed in the middle?
Me? I'm fine with it. Not only do I know that the show has stories that are just as good and interesting as the Don Draper/Dick Whitman saga, I also love how Weiner and Co. continue to surprise us and really mess with what any preconceptions we have about how a TV show is supposed to progress. Actually, I'm more than fine with it, because this plot development gets me really excited for what's to come with this show. It's a brilliant move.
And Jon Hamm deserves an Emmy for last night's episode alone.