There’s the rare occasion when the public can be engaged on a level beyond flash. If they have a sentimental bond with the product.
This line from Don Draper’s Season One Kodak pitch has come full-circle, and our sentimental bond with Mad Men—a nine-year run for those who got in on the ground floor—is finally coming to an end this Sunday.
Beyond Mad Men being a brilliantly crafted piece of screen literature, we here at Big Communications (like most agencies across America) held a deeper bond with the series.
We saw some of their practices in our own. We cheered when they nailed a big campaign, knowing just what it feels like. And yes, on our lunch breaks and late nights, we hypothesized which characters we relate to the most.
So, of course, we don’t want the Mad-ness to end.
This week has seen a sea of tweets, blog posts, and podcasts attempting to predict what’ll happen in the final hour of the series.
We want to take it further. We want to look to the future. We want spinoffs, and dammit, if we’re not going to get one, we’re at least going to daydream about it.
Here are five of our favorite (spoiler-ridden) Mad Men spinoff ideas. Let us know if any of y’all have Matt Weiner’s number handy.