Links For April 5, 2015

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner: I feel a sense of accomplishment

And then I added the thing about the fly in the light fixture. That was not in the original. I think it works that way too, but that was a very specific message to the audience, to let them know that it was not abstract. Because those light fixtures still exist, and I knew there’d be a moment where you see the fly in the light fixture and you’re like “Oh, they could have just shot that right in my office. If I lay on the floor in my office that’s what I’m gonna see.”


Mad Men star Jon Hamm looks back: It was a long, strange trip

Then, not doing any work on the show for really another year was a bit of a relearning curve to get back into it. And I had that every season, probably up until the fourth, or maybe the fifth. We had such long hiatuses that were so indeterminate and indefinite, and it took a long time for us to get picked back up.... We would get a call eventually that we were doing it again, and we would be very excited, but it would be, “Oh, right, we’ve got to get back into this mode.” The downtime and the time it would take to relearn would be shorter and shorter every year, but it was a process to get back into it after the pilot, and after each successive season.


Peggy walks out to The Kinks in an emotional apex for Mad Men

This leads to the remarkable moment in which Peggy extends her hand for Don to shake and he instead bows his head to kiss it, which Abraham shrewdly shoots from an angle that makes it look as if Don is kneeling rather than leaning forward in his chair. According to Moss, Hamm was instructed not to let go of her hand until she pulled it away, and she wasn’t told that he was going to do that; the tear that falls down her face, she claims, was her own involuntary response.


Growing Up on ‘Mad Men’: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka

PG: Was it rough to watch the show as a little girl?

KS: I wasn’t allowed to watch at the beginning. I just watched my scenes. I was superfocused on Sally and her story line. But I didn’t go to table reads or anything.

PG: How did you decide the time was right?

KS: Um, I was sick. And Netflix existed.


Mad Men Doesn’t Believe in Love

As we near the series finale, Mad Men is not arriving at a “happily ever after.” Marriage is a fallacy, raising children a spiritual chore. There’s no love on Mad Men, really, no reason to believe in romantic love, or to consider familial love real or fundamental.... The grandest form of human bonding on Mad Men isn’t love (Don Draper invented that to sell nylons). It’s the intimacy that comes with knowing someone’s secrets.