If you pay close attention to the clues along the way, you see that he was dropping hints as to what was really behind this story all along. The story takes place primarily inside an advertising agency, and he is using subliminal messages to tell a parable about the meaning of life, to be sure, and the search for truth.
Two accidents in particular. There are a lot of recurring themes that pop up in just about every episode of the series. Travel is the most dominant theme, and for good reason. That is an old hobo term for a rail line that runs through Utah. In that episode, Don Draper found himself stranded in a motel when his car broke down. In the end, he gives his beautiful, newly repaired Cadillac to a would-be young grifter who reminded Don of himself.
The episode ends with Don smiling contentedly as he watches his car drive away, while he sits at the bus stop, heading out on a grand adventure on the road. The date, according to the calendar in the motel office was October 2, On that day, a charter flight carrying members of the Wichita State University football team, along with administrators and supporters to a game against Utah State in Logan, Utah, crashed in the Rocky Mountains, killing 29 of the 36 people on board. Topographically, it is the lowest point in the continental United States.
Don goes into an emotional tailspin. Joan Harris, meanwhile, is making plans to start her own production company. The very last time we see Joan in the series, there is a large white calendar behind her of November On November 14th, , 75 people died when a plane carrying the Marshall University football team crashed while returning to Huntington, West Virginia from a game at East Carolina University.
It is the single worst air tragedy in NCAA history. Two plane crashes involving college football teams in the span of a month and a half in the Fall of Two tragic events. Dozens of strong, talented young men, black and white, struck down in the prime of their lives. There were administrators, elected officials, wives and family members on those planes as well. In an instant, the lives of those families were altered forever. I think a lot of fans did. There would be a crash all right, but not a literal one.
A metaphorical one. In nearly every episode, there are references to hills. Countless references to blood. And beef. And bison. There actually are herds of bison on Catalina Island. They play their home games at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. There was a LearJet crash in May of After that crash, Sterling Cooper tries to win the American Airlines account. The staff was forced to work through the weekend, trying to come up with a strategy. At one point Don addresses the entire staff and makes a grand pronouncement about how they will proceed.
There is no such thing as American history. Only a frontier. That crash happened to somebody else. At first glance. It looks like pictures of animals, but look closely at the middle picture.
Is that a fish? Or something else? Two of those counties are Putnam and Lincoln. If you study the artwork on the show, you will notice triangles and vague images of planes and mountains in the abstract paintings.
In fact, a poster for Lincoln Center is prominently placed behind Peggy as she has a pivotal phone conversation with Don towards the end of the final episode. Powell was a psychology professor at Wichita State. The Wichita State plane was one of two chartered planes carrying the team and supporters to Logan, Utah.
If you recall, a few episodes prior, Don was handed a box lunch with roast beef inside, and then sat at the meeting at McCann Erickson and saw a plane in the sky. After taking a long look, Don gets up, walks out of the meeting and heads out on the road.
In the final episode of Mad Men, Stephanie struggles to deal with the loss of her son. The next we see Stephanie, she is coming to bed to go to sleep, a single light in the dark. When Don wakes in the morning, Stephanie is gone. Her bedding is balled up and there is no trace of her.
He confesses his sins to Peggy on the phone and then collapses. Don had finally faced his truth. We are all crash survivors. We have all been damaged in ways large and small. We all need to figure out how to deal with it in our own way, and it takes time to recover.
It was about finding your own truth. Happiness is an illusion. Contentment is real. To be content is to be okay. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
A vivid, charming bit of fandom. As a fellow Mad Men enthusiast, I sympathize. This is proof that some ardent viewers completely lost their minds studying and decoding imaginary symbols and clues. This was entertaining, not unlike reading the feverish detailed nonsense stoned Beatle fans would imagine while staring at album cover art, decoding hidden secret messages.
Most were fortunate enough to not to put their thoughts in writing. I will treasure this one! I would suggest watching the show again, and remove the context in which the words are being said. Closed captioning helped me pick up things I missed the first or even the second time.
Look at the scenery. I think the show is about the fact that you live alone and die alone and are always trying to fit in. Don struggles with that throughout, never feeling like he belongs anywhere and feeling like no one really gets him and that he is always alone. No matter what or who you have, you are alone and everything else simply is an attempt to distract from that central concept. He got it when that guy told the story about being in the fridge and the light would come on, but no one would pick him up, etc.
Don realized that life is a journey of self exploration and that everyone feels alone; once he realized that everyone is the same, he was able to accept it and market to it. There are more than confirmed cases in the state. This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public.
Name required. The Butcher A vivid, charming bit of fandom. May 20, at AM Reply. Not fiction This makes no sense. Have we been watching the same show? Josh I think the show is about the fact that you live alone and die alone and are always trying to fit in. January 12, at PM Reply. Entertainment News. Crime Washington's Most Wanted. Shareable Stories.