The extended delay between season 4 and the upcoming season 5 of AMC's critical darling Mad Men has only heightened excitement to see the next chapter in the ongoing tale of ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
In keeping with show creator Matthew Weiner's history of playing things close to the chest, the character-centric Mad Men S5 teasers have all been composed of footage from previous seasons, so as to remind viewers about why they love this series so much (without giving away any concrete hints about what's to come).
A new poster for Mad Men season 5 does legitimately qualify as "new" material - though what exactly the implications of the stylishly and only somewhat subtly provocative one-sheet are, remains a mystery to everyone but Weiner (and he's certainly not telling).
Season 4 of Mad Men concluded with several tantalizing narrative threads left dangling, including Don having (sporadically?) proposed to his secretary Megan (Jessica Paré), a woman that neither he nor anyone watching the show knows all that well; Joan (Christina Hendricks) deciding to keep Roger's (John Slattery) baby and pass it of as her awol husband's; Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) being close to her wit's end due to Don's erratic behavior and her continual struggle in a male-dominated workplace; and the foreseeable future of ad firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce still being very much up in the air.
What exactly does the Season 5 poster suggest will happen next in the Mad Men universe? Well, take a look at see what you make of it:
Don has always been a fan of pausing every now and then (or, back in season two, for a few weeks' time) to reflect on his past, his present, and what's in the cards as far as his future is concerned. He's a fascinating character to watch - and an infuriating person for his peers to deal with - in part for that reason. Judging by the Season 5 poster alone, Don isn't going to be changing those habits anytime soon.
The same goes for Weiner, who's offered the following enigmatic analysis of the above Mad Men one-sheet:
"I [want] the audience to get excited, to give them what I hope is a reward for sticking with the show... This is a dreamlike image [inspired by the Surreal work of Giorgio de Chirico]... [It's] a nonverbal representation of where my head is at and where the show will be... By the end of the season, I guarantee you'll know what it is about."
Don contemplating faceless non-living figures frozen in a representation of "domestic bliss"? If that image is a metaphorical indication of where Weiner's taking us next, then season 5 should be another tantalizing trip through the 1960s for Mad Men fans.
Mad Men season 5 kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, March 25th 2012 on AMC.
Source: The New York Times