“I’d like to buy the world a Coke” – the famous Coca-Cola ad closed the series finale of “Mad Men” Sunday to the bewilderment of many fans. Did Don Draper (Jon Hamm) create the iconic TV spot? Had he really found happiness meditating in the California sun? It was a pretty ambiguous ending for the AMC series’ viewers, but as far as Jon Hamm is concerned, there was nothing uncertain about his character’s final moment.
In an interview with the New York Times, Hamm argued that after Don’s emotional breakdown in a group therapy session – while listening to another man, Leonard (Evan Arnold), confess how meaningless his life felt – the character found a new inner peace.
“My take is that, the next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man. And so, [the Coke ad] comes to him,” Hamm said. “There’s a way to see it in a completely cynical way, and say, ‘Wow, that’s awful.’ But I think that for Don, it represents some kind of understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led.”
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So, the star of “Mad Men” thinks Don had a happy ending, but what about the show’s creator? Matthew Weiner will comment on the big finale during a talk at the New York Public Library Wednesday. The event will be moderated by author A.M. Homes. Weiner has promised that the discussion will be his only public remarks about the end of “Mad Men.” The event, which begins at 7 p.m. EDT, has sold out.
Did Don Draper create the Coke ad after finally finding happiness? Fans will have to decide for themselves if they agree with Hamm’s interpretation of the show’s controversial ending.
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