It’s been a few days and I still don’t really know how I feel about the Mad Men finale except for being pissed about Betty. But I’ve been pissed about Betty since, like, season 2. I do miss the show more than I expected, but like, not the experience of watching it in general, just the little moments where it surprised me or was really funny or delved into certain dynamics. I want more of those moments and I also never want to have to deal with 80% of the show ever again.
I did a lot of reading other recaps and reviews and I feel that I understand the finale a bit more now, but honestly I don’t want to go over all of that again. At the start of grad school, two of my professors had us watch “The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue,” an hour-long special with a self-explanatory title. I decided to rewatch it and use that as a framework for churning out some final thoughts on the show and its representation.