Have caught up and watched the Mad Men finale that the rest of the world watched a fortnight ago. It’s the source for my favourite moment this week, or rather two moments that combine to make a satisfying whole.
There has been some back and forth as to what the ending meant. Did Don stay at the retreat? Did Peggy make the iconic Coke ad that played us to black?
I think the screenshots above of two women with the same wack-a-doo plait decorations make it clear. Once again, Don pulled himself together, returned to McCann Erickson and (drawing from his experience in California) tapped into the zeitgeist and pulled out the Coke ad that “changed the world”.
Adios Mad Men. It was an epic fall.