Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery Tease Surprises, Shock to Come on Mad Men Season 5

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After 17 months off the air, Mad Men finally returns with a two-hour premiere on Sunday night. What can fans expect from season five of this four-time Emmy Award-winning drama?

We caught up with stars Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery at the Television Critics Association Press Tour this winter and pressed them for whatever spoilers/teases they were allowed to deliver without living in fear of Matthew Weiner's wrath...

Moss, on Peggy's reaction to Don's engagement in the season four finale engagement: “She says this is bull-hit! You can’t just go around doing what you’ve been doing and then turn around and marry someone. You’re not ready and you’re not in the position...

"She knows that he has this secret and she knows that he hasn’t told Megan yet. And I think that she’s worried that he’s going to do the same thing all over again that he did with Betty.”

Moss, on Peggy's admiration for Don: “I think that she really feels that she wants to be like him, but she also wants him to be a better version of himself. She loves him and when you love somebody, you want them to be the best person they can be. And she sees that, but it’s often heartbreaking when he falls.”

Slattery, on the past vs. the future: “All these characters haven’t forgotten where they’ve come from. And Matthew Weiner hasn’t forgotten where they come from. It’s reasonable to assume that whatever they’ve gone through... no one will forget about where they were. All these characters are informed by what they’ve done. And the choices that they make. There are quite a few surprises this year. Heavy duty shockers! A couple of them!”

Slattery, on the state of Roger: "He’s asking himself what’s happening, what am I doing? I mean, the world is changing. This country is changing. There are a lot of events that raised topics of discussion and made you turn inward and think how does that affect me and I think all of these characters do that.”


I graduated from high school in 1966 fully planning to be a copywriter at an advertising agency. I had subscribed to Ad Age magazine for several years. I love the authenticity of this series. My predictions are that the agency will hire an African American (we called them "black" back then which was a step up from Negro)receptionist. That was the trend in 1966 and they knew they were "window-dressing" to show how progressive companies were. I also predict that Peggy's character might be patterned somewhat on Mary Wells who was a pioneer woman creative director who was a first to start her own agency (Wells Rich Green). They created some of the most iconic ads that became a signature of the "60's". I love Don's new apartment also. The 60s were such a decade of change that it may be difficult for today's viewers to understand - not to mention Roger Slattery who is about to be left behind. He represents the rampant alcoholism that was a chronic disease of advertising account executives.


You cut off my comment, I wasn't finished... It reads: Just Keep running the 2hr ep all week long so people know about it.


We waited so long for this show to start up, there must be endless negotiations, as I'm sure it will go into syndication...What a great idea to make the show a two-hour premiere. It took me a while to like it, but when they started to do some pretty funny stuff, I fell in love. I love Peggy's character...(Love Liz Moss in anything she does.) and Don is one of the best looking actors on filn and tv...I bet this show has more women viewers than the VIEW...I love the way they recreate the 60's theme...expensive but worth it...no one smokes in the office anymore, but when Peggy at the end of the show on the last episode did....what a great ending...they sat there laughing......GREAT TV!!!!! Now get the commericals out of it, and just get sponsors instead, and watch the ratings beat American Idol any day... The Producers and Network should do a major radio promotion this weekend coast to coast...and a RERUN of the 2 hour episode ALL WEEK LONG. Do what Oprah does on OWN....just KEEP rerunning the show......ALL WEEK until next SUNDAY....then people will start to hear its BACK....They will gain viewer awareness and loyalty.

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