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What a surprise! The promo tease for Mad Men's season finale is frustratingly opaque! There aren't even any sneak peeks, just a ménage of key moments from past episodes that have led up to the final one (which airs Sunday at 10 p.m. on AMC). Remember Ted (Kevin Rahm) kissing Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) leaving Trudy (Alison Brie), and Don (Jon Hamm) lying face down in a pool? Well, you can watch 'em again here in the trailer, no spoiler alert necessary:
Of course, the dialogue snippets do invite some end-times conjecture: "You gotta understand when it's over," Don asserts. And also: "Maybe it's time we got out of the business." Then there's Megan's (Jessica Paré) prognosis: "Something's gonna have to change."
Oh, really? You think? When we last saw Don, he was curled up in the fetal position! Sally (Kiernan Shipka) had told him that he makes her sick. (And with good reason.) Peggy had called him a monster. (Also with good reason.) And any minute now, it seems, Megan would learn about his philandering and join the chorus. So…you said it, Megan! Something's gonna have to change.
But will the finale contain a shocking event, turning the narrative on its head? The season kicked off with death imagery coming at Don from every angle, and the overall aura of doom and gloom has stuck around. But creator Matthew Weiner has debunked the widespread theory that Megan will die. (Can't a girl just wear a star T-shirt anymore?)
If a game-changing event is in the cards, it's more likely a break at the agency. (Many critics expect Peggy to strike out on her own, creating an agency that's not saddled by all these self-defeating men.) You know, like this guy:
And this one:
Oh, and this one, too:
It's also possible that the change that Megan alluded to may come more gradually, over the course of the next (and final) season. Sure, Weiner has been known to unleash surprises in the finale (like Don's impulsive wedding proposal at the end of Season 4). But he's also hinted that fans shouldn't expect closure for Don, even when the series wraps. "You know the show is going to end on an ambiguous note," he said in a recent interview. "My god, people must be prepared for that!"
One thing's for sure: Don's not jumping off any buildings any time soon—as much as he might want to.
Sorry, Don. You've got to stick around for one more season. As broken and hateful as you've become, we'd still be lost without you.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.