Bye bye Birdie indeed.
It’s the end of an era for AMC’s Mad Men. It had been a dragged out farewell to the series this season. I’m not too sure that I’m a fan of splitting a series finale into two parts, but here we are. The second-half of the season had been both exciting and a bit of a drag. But after seven seasons, it’s great to see that the writers gave each of the main characters a proper sendoff and in a way a sense of closure for the audience.
The reason I wanted to write this was post was not to review the season finale but simply to highlight the one monologue that really got me, the way the characters did in Season 1.
“My name is Leonard and I don’t know if there’s anything complicated with me, which is why I should be happier I guess… But I’ve never been interesting to anybody. I work in an office, people walk right by me, I know they don’t see me. And I go back home, and I watch my wife and my kids, they don’t look up when I sit down… I don’t know. It’s like no one cares that I’m gone. They should love me. Maybe they do, but I don’t even know what it is. You spend your whole life thinking you’re not getting it, people aren’t giving it to you. Then you realized they’re trying, and you don’t even know what it is. I had a dream I was on a shelf in the refrigerator, someone closes the door and the light goes off. And I know everybody is out there eating, and then they open the door, and you see them smiling, and they’re happy to see you, but maybe they don’t look right at you, and maybe they don’t pick you. Then the door closes again. The light goes off.”
This “speech” speaks volume to me, and in some ways I feel like it sums up the entire season, and perhaps even what Don Draper had been seeking in general.
Some of my favourite moments from the finale:
So with that… I bid you adieu, Mad Men. It’s been an amazing journey from the start till the end. Thank you for entertainment and the amazing-ness.