‘Mad Men’, even though a masterpiece, is now over, and along with the show, all the overwrought theories surrounding its ending had also come to an end. Let’s see if the Mad Men ending was satisfactory, or does it need a reboot!
Is a ‘Mad Men’ reboot a good idea?
- Why should ‘Mad Men’ not be rebooted?
- Why should ‘Mad Men’ be rebooted?
Why should ‘Mad Men’ not be rebooted?
The 77-minute finale had Don go through a cross-country meander, after being unable to fit into his new non-role at McCann Erickson, and end up sitting on the grass with the Pacific Ocean behind him. The entire discussion between Don and Leonard, moved Don to tears as he reflected on his life journey which had started when Don had stolen a dead soldier’s name. It was a happy and peaceful ending for Don, whilst the audience collectively felt happy as the ending did not involve ending up dead – a theory that had been doing the rounds before the finale aired. This was a happy ending and Don deserved to be left at that.
‘Mad Men’ was not just about Don Draper, but had a strong cast of supporting characters and some of their story arcs were left hanging. But this was not essentially a bad thing, ‘Mad Men’ excelled when there was some degree of ambiguity – something that the new season would have a hard time aligning with. Peggy Olsen’s character arc also reached its climax as she opted to go ahead with her fight within the McCann Erickson empire. Not to mention, both Peggy and Stan Rizzo came to terms with their mutual feelings for one another.
The show’s ratings were never as high as the hype surrounding it and still, it managed to reach an ending that was much appreciated by most, unlike other series (yes, ‘Game of Thrones’ we are talking about you!). It should be a golden rule not to mess with such an ending and risk losing it all over.
Why should ‘Mad Men’ be rebooted?
Every TV show, in the end, is a business venture and, in turn, about money. The dramatic drop in money for ABC is one of the driving forces to reboot their much successful show, which, given the current crop of running TV shows, should perform better than its original run.
The ‘Mad Men’ Season 8 reboot is being spearheaded by Reese Witherspoon and that alone should be reason enough for the justification of the reboot. Earlier, Witherspoon had tweeted “Hey January Jones, how am I doing?” referring to Jones’ stylish character Betty Draper. “Thinking of submitting this image with my #MadMen reboot application.”
Do we need more reasons for Mad Men reboot?
Don Draper’s story ended with a life-altering change in his outlook. In there is a reboot, we can see Don turn a new leaf in his life in season 8. This is more exciting than any other story arc going on right now.
We never found out if Don Draper was the man behind the iconic 1971 hilltop television advertisement for Coca-Cola. Season 8 can finally answer that question for good. ‘Mad Men’ dealt with the crazy creative world of advertising in the 60s and 70s. Season 8 can tackle the more complex and modern 80s era. Let’s hope season 8 has the same high standards in storytelling as the previous seasons.
All in all, there are valid arguments for both rebooting and not rebooting ‘Mad Men’, but, in the end, any fan would be more than excited to have a chance to be part of the ‘Mad Men’ universe once more. We surely are. Do let us know what you think about the reboot of ‘Mad Men’ in the comment section below!