Mad Men Season 7 Promo Photos

Posted on March 12, 2014

Darlings, the universe released new Mad Men pictures for all of us to spend time over-analyzing. Let’s get to it.

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It seems that people might be on or near … planes this season. Hmmmm. Let’s all stroke our chins. Obviously, this means some or all of the cast die in a plane crash, of course. And some of those (fabulously old school) suitcases are blue and green and that equals ADULTERY! DUN DUN DUN!!!!

Look, we will state up front that we were guilty of it ourselves last season, but we sincerely hope people dial back on the feverish over-analyzing of this show for the upcoming season.  We of course don’t mean people shouldn’t analyze it (we sure as hell spend an unhealthy amount of time doing  so), but if they find themselves spinning out highly unlikely scenarios of Manson family murders and rogue CIA agents infiltrating Sterling Cooper (which, if we may remind you, were actual theories that got a lot of traction last season), then it might be time to, in the immortal words of Carla to Betty after she had one of her meltdowns, “splash a little cold water on your face and go outside.” Nothing wrong with theorizing for fun, but fan theorizing has taken a decidedly less fun turn as of late.

The reason this is on our minds is because of the True Detective finale, which, if you go by the online reaction is The Worst Thing Ever (until the internet decides on the next W.T.E.) and that reaction seems to be largely born out of several weeks of extreme over-analyzing and theorizing, none of which came true because none of it was ever the point of the story. This isn’t to say the True Detective finale – and the series as a whole – is above criticism. There were plenty of flaws. But most of the complaining has centered around how it didn’t pay off the dozens of fan theories that sprouted up in online commentary. We’re reaching a point where we can’t let the shows we love breathe and tell their story anymore. Hundreds of thousands of online commenters want to finish the story before the writers do. Then they criticize the writers for not telling the story they imagined was going to be told.

And we reiterate: we are guilty of this ourselves. We’re going to try to do better.

Anyway, they’re all on or near planes because Matt Weiner always said the series was pretty much oriented toward California as its endpoint and after last season’s finale, everyone has reason to be jetting back and forth. We guess this means Don got his job back and he’s still with Megan.

Love the stewardess uniforms.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC]

    • NinjaCate

      “Hundreds of thousands of online commenters want to finish the story before the writers do. Then they criticize the writers for not telling the story they imagined was going to be told.”

      Basically. This is the main reason I try not to get too deep into any fandom. People can get absurdly rabid and protective over fictions they create on their own.

      • KinoEye

        Yep. I remember it being that way with pretty much every season of Breaking Bad, but the whole “Megan is going to be murdered/Bob Benson is a mole!” thing was way more intense, for some reason. I guess people are looking for more sensational plot developments in a show that, to them, lacks “action” and instead focuses more on character development (or lackthereof, in Don’s case) and internal conflicts.

        • http://karenzgoda.org/ Karen Zgoda

          I agree. Perhaps because we have so much less control over our internal character development than we would like this is an en masse reaction to trying to have some control over it, i.e., “I predicted it! I can control the future and my destiny!” We can’t predict the weather tomorrow most of the time, much less our own destinies. This is what compels me to this show. I think the show realistically portrays just how hard working on ourselves is, no matter what circumstances we are born into, and just how much we all struggle with that. It is not an easy journey for anyone but I enjoy watching it on Mad Men because of the attention to beauty, pain, suffering, reality, slow-moving progress, and humility. It is a glamorous mirror, no?

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        … and then when Sherlock goes and fucks with the fandom by throwing ALL TEH THEORIES at the wall, people get grumpy because it was self-indulgent. Poor widdle writers just can’t win.

        • http://piblet.tumblr.com/ Anastasia

          Good point! Honestly, the quality of all of these shows are so high that writers reserve the right to be self-indulgent or whatever the case may be. I try to drown the theories out as best I can. The mystery of Sherlock, when spun in a modern-day dimension, pushes the boundaries of story-telling while giving writer just enough elbow room to make jabs at its own audience.

          Mad Men, on the other hand, has a very calculated and designed story in mind that remains to be revealed. It also owes its artistry to cultural norms of a different era. We’re spoiled by free time and the ability to watch and re-watch every episode over and over again, while forgetting that our characters don’t have the same gift of hindsight. And most importantly, our crazy theories won’t hold in the world of MM’s character development — the show’s portrayal of shocking or historically significant events has shown, against our expectations, that life just goes on. Matt Weiner’s genius lies in his ability to translate the nuances of the human condition. THAT is what I find so compelling about Mad Men, and most great TV out there today.

        • fursa_saida

          I didn’t mind that; I thought it was the single smartest thing they could have done in the position they were in. My problems were, um, most everything else. Sigh.

      • lovelyivy

        Sometimes I think Doctor Who fandom is made of this. Seriously, a hunch of grown ass people mad that moffat and RTD before him are not telling the story they wrote in their heads. There’s plenty to criticize without whining about how your head canon would be so much better.

    • Anton

      Thanks so much for the comment on over-analyzing. The story with True Detective is really sad. Btw, any thoughts by you? Isn’t the first season worth a review? Please… Still, please don’t stop over-analyzing Mad Men. You two can get behind the meaning of Mad Men without ever being ridiculous.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Watched True Detective Season 1 finale yesterday afternoon (last two episodes back-to-back) and LOVED it! I thought some of the series episodes were a slog to get through but the finale redeemed it for me. Entertainment Weekly said we were expecting “Chinatown” and got “Casablanca” instead. Totally agree.

      • nycfan

        I watched it on demand and didn’t even realize the finale had happened until I saw an explosion of internet reaction and had to do everything I could to avoid spoilers until I could binge watch the final 4 episodes. Not having been part of the whole internet theorizing bit, I did not find the finale a let down, although I was disappointed that they changed the narrative structure to allow in meaningless glimpses of the killer in the final episode after being so committed to the narrative structure of Hart and Cohle the remainder.

        To me, the mystery was always the obvious red herring, the two men were the entire story. I assume the makers felt the same, especially with the killer watching Hitchcock, king of the MacGuffin, in the Caplan as MacGuffin scene of North by Northwest. So my only quibble is opening up the narrative structure in the finale told me virtually nothing meaningful about the killer because there was nothing meaningful about him, even if the writers had an elaborate backstory we never saw.

        Need more Mad Men pictures. I burned through that True Detective far too quickly — in the course of just over a week.

      • Aurumgirl

        I loved the True Detective finale, and I keep thinking about parts of it over and over again. It was just wonderful, in my opinion, and yes, I had a bunch of big fat theories going on in my head but it was really great to finally get that the whole thing was about the bond between those two men. Beautifully done.

        But I have to say, because I’ve been “taught” to think about things by our fabulous Uncles, that the art direction and costumes spoke loudly in TD! For me, I followed the whole “flower” motif, who was wearing them, when they appeared, when they were worn and when they were not, when they appeared in a scene. Finally, in the last episode, flowers became part of the dialogue…and then resolved. Have to say thank you, Tom and Lorenzo, for teaching me how to “see” something like that in a program.

        • myandyleigh

          I loved it, too, from the first moment to the last. I knew there would be naysayers out there but I didn’t go in search of their complaints because this was a story well told and I’m not letting anyone harsh my mellow! :D

      • Denise Alden

        Ooo . . . Casablanca!

      • tereliz

        I watched it so late at night every week I don’t think had the brainpower to overanalyze it… just let it sort of wash over me. It always felt more like a human drama than a “whodunnit” murder mystery to me, so I didn’t put too much thought into finding relationships where there were none, or connecting characters the way we’ve been conditioned by shows like Law & Order. I enjoyed not having a window into the killer’s world until the last minute, and felt it was more intriguing—and genuine—that way.

        It turned out to be a story about good versus evil, just like you thought, but it played out on a much smaller scale than you were expecting. I think it was purposeful, to remind us all how little we are in this big world that thanks to the media and technology seems so much smaller than it really is.

    • marlie

      I love how Roger’s suit seems to indicate that he’s embracing the times a little better than Don seems to be.

      • MartyBellerMask

        YES! I am loving Roger’s suit. So colorful next to Drab Don.

      • KinoEye

        And as a few others have pointed out, the Chelsea boots, courtesy of the British Invasion. Love it!

        • decormaven

          Those boots! Had to chuckle when I saw them.

        • rainwood1

          I hated those boots then, I hate them now.

      • MK03

        Roger’s wholehearted embrace of LSD is proof enough of that.

        • Meg0GayGuys6

          We must revisit that glorious ass shot!

      • Donna Tabor

        Yes, and those boots! My first husband had identical boots in that same era. And a double-breasted suit. And plaid trousers.

    • Capt. Renault

      Wow. Flying looks *enjoyable*.

      • decormaven

        Service! And legroom! I feel like it was a million years ago.

        • snarkmeister

          To be fair, they are probably flying first class, where I believe you can still get legroom and service. Not that I would know because I’ve never flown anything but coach.

          • decormaven

            I don’t even think first class has that seat width any more. I’ve lucked out once to fly first class; I try not to remember it because it makes coach that more painful.

            • fursa_saida

              Depends on the airline. There are some where first class means a giant seat that you can recline so far it turns into a full-length, lying-down bed.

            • decormaven

              Heaven!

        • fnarf

          I think the biggest difference is the overhead bins, which today are large enough to cram sofas and small cars in. In the olden days they were shorter and shallower, which really made a difference in the perception of the space; you didn’t have that huge thing hanging over you like you do today.

          The cigarette smoke, though….

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Looking back as a person who smoked on airplanes — what were we thinking?! Why did anyone ever think that was a good idea?

      • Aurumgirl

        It was! I used to love flying, airports, getting ready for a trip…the whole thing. LOVED it! I can’t imagine anything but dread now when I think of flying. I keep wishing for high speed trains to make their way to North American, already.

        • rainwood1

          We used to dress up to fly and by that I mean wear a nice dress. Can you believe that? It was very exciting as a kid because flying was something special and, for us, pretty rare.

          • Aurumgirl

            I can believe it. We used to get all dressed up for travelling, too. It was unthinkable to not be well dressed for a journey.

        • decormaven

          Amen to high speed trains. I’m constantly amazed at how the US is behind the times in this sector- any form of multimodal travel.

    • lrober03

      To be fair, my first thought when I saw these was “Look how much red Megan is wearing! Must be *significant*”
      Second thought: look at those boots Roger is wearing!

      • Chris

        Megan looks like a “Rockflowers” doll I had when I was little. Love the outfit.

        • Lorelei_D

          I had those! There was a 45 adapter that had a stand you put their feet in so they could “dance” to their music. What were their names?

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        I also thought that about Megan in that pink outfit, but I think it’s valid to assume Megan is probably doing the greater acting work in CA she wanted to do (and was possibly the main breadwinner for a while with Don forced to play househusband on sabbatical) and so Don still compares her with the mother/whores of his childhood. I’m interested in seeing where their relationship has gone with the changes in roles, and how much Don has managed to resist change (as usual).

        I admit I was prone to the mad Bob Benson speculation last season, but I wasn’t disappointed it didn’t pan out (well, maybe a smudge, but the truth was far more interesting and fun and I’m glad Joan has a pal now.)

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      All I can see is Don’s receding hairline.

      If I were in charge, every time I had to take a picture of Megan I would always put her cheekbones as the main theme.

    • http://brianfortedesigns.com/ BForte

      Those TWA flight attendant scarves are insane.

      I’m very much looking forward to the return of Mad Style. I think what elevates those posts is that they are analyses of what has happened, with only occasional speculation of what is to come. Most of the crazy theories come from people doing the opposite: extreme speculation with occasional analysis sprinkled here and there (only when it supports the theory). You guys were the first ones to knock down the crazy Bob Benson theories last season, allowing you to focus on what was actually happening on the show and resulting in one of the best character studies I’ve read.

      That being said, I think it’s PRETTY OBVIOUS that the Yellow King is serving Roger a drink.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Clearly the Yellow King. There is no other explanation.

        I looooved the True Detective finale. And I can’t wait for Mad Men, as well as the style posts. I never would have started watching MM if it weren’t for those posts. They are everything.

      • kimmeister

        Yeah, I had no idea that they used to wear scarves. How terribly inconvenient!

        • Donna Tabor

          They had all kinds of accessories, all part of the uniform. Back in the day actual designers put the uniform stories together for each airline.

          • fnarf

            They still do, particularly for the luxe Asian airlines. Google Korean Air by Gianfranco Ferre — they’re absolutely gorgeous.

    • Ginger

      Ooooh…I’m DYING to know what happens between Peggy and Ted this season. I’m all kinds of sad that I’ll be on the road when the season premiere airs. Thank goodness for DVR.

      • Violina23

        I gave birth in the middle of last season and watched an episode from my hospital bed :-)

        (Afterwards, not during!)

        • French_Swede

          This happened to me during the series finale of Seinfeld. I was trying to push out a baby, and the nurses, doctor AND my husband were glued to the television up in the corner. Egads!

          • Violina23

            When I was in labor with my first, my husband was flipping stations on the TV and “Ironman” was on. He goes “Oh, you should watch this, it’s a good movie!”. I refused to watch that movie until about a year ago… :P

    • Sobaika

      Oh man. All this talk of over-theorizing is giving me Lost flashbacks.

      • Violina23

        To me, this all started with the matrix sequels. After the second one, everyone had such crazy theories (myself included) and even though the third movie kinda stunk in its own right, nothing would have satisfied fans unless it was EXACTLY WHAT THEY PREDICTED ALL ALONG!

        Personally, I didn’t mind the LOST ending, but I was frustrated that there were so many open mysteries that were given lots of weight in the early seasons and seemingly forgotten without resolution. I get leaving a mystery or two, but some major threads were left untied…

      • Alyssa

        Me too! I came to type the same thing. Have to ask…was the word flashback intentionally used? ;)

        • Sobaika

          Most certainly :)

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        Lost collapsed under its own weight though. I continue to refer to Lost as “Macguffin: the show about the Macguffin where they need the Macguffin because Macguffin.” I mean, sure you can have an otherwise meaningless device as a plot-driver, but layering them up because you can’t find other reasons to motivate the characters to act in ways you find interesting… It’s not good writing.

        I’m still mad about the Lost finale and I hadn’t even theorized that much about why the Macguffins were anything. I just didn’t like, “and everyone lived happily ever after in heaven together once they all died, whenever that happened” as an ending. Bleah.

      • http://reneshiro.tumblr.com/ kingderella

        haha jinx, sister!

      • filmcricket

        I think that’s the problem. Everyone wants their shows to be Lost (or really, the X-Files, which I think is the ultimate example of this, in that it coincided with the arrival of online chat rooms and disappointed its viewership immensely by the end). But if all TV involved black oil and Rambaldi and spectral Lilly Kane and polar bears, we wouldn’t like that either.

      • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

        Aah. “Lost” and the never ending theories from fans..that are STILL going strong till this very day.

        Meanwhile, this year marks the 10th anniversary of “Lost” debut. Memories. *le sigh*

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      The stewardess uniforms are great! White gloves, too….makes me miss “Pan Am” a little. And the airline seats…..look how wide they are! How much room passengers have! Look at the arm rests—they are of a proportion that one could actually rest an arm on them, as opposed to the twigs they stick between seats now, which provide neither comfort nor any semblance of separation from one’s next door neighbor. Love the tail fin on the parked car! Megan’s dress looks like a Pucci print. I remember color coordinating tights with dresses, but the coordinating shoes are striking a false note. Once again, Roger embraces sartorial change and Don sticks to his standard close fit suits with cuffed pants. Love Peggy’s white daisy pin. Overall, this is making me wish the first episode would hurry up and get here.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        The shoes matched to the tights is very “1969 fashion mag.”

        • Chickadeep

          That year, when I was six, the most fashionable girl in my small town wore those matchy shoes and tights with her outfits. I used to be SO impressed with her style and vowed to do the same thing when I grew up. I blame her (plus those magazine shots of Jackie Kennedy O.) for my enduring fondness for matchy accessories.

      • Eric827

        Would everyone have seats like that, though, or would it just be a first class thing?

        • Aurumgirl

          I remember that the seats were actually designed for adults, and that you could recline without brawling with the person sitting behind you. You were also served food and beverages and no one ever took out a credit card to pay for it. I don’t think we flew first class when I was a kid–just plain old regular fare…and that as comfortable as the seats were when you got in, if you had a long flight (which meant you had to sleep) it was still hellish to try and do that on a plane.

          • Donna Tabor

            And even in coach they served full meals, as long as your flight was around two hours or more. Then the meals were served on… wait for it… actual china, with actual silverware. And the silver was packed into these adorable packets with napkin, and salt and pepper packets.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          According to Wiki (with usual caveats) airlines didn’t start distinguishing between full-fare and economy until the late 1970s. First class didn’t exist yet.

      • barbarasingleterry

        Oh the tights and shoes matched. My mom had the same shoes in different colors to match all her outfits. And Pucci prints!!!!

    • http://reneshiro.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      They all crash-land on an mysterious island… with smoke monsters! And it turns out they have been DEAD ALL ALONG!!!!!!!!!!!

      • QHarp

        BOBBY!!! BBBBOOOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

    • Roz

      Roger’s booties!

    • CupcakeTrudy

      Do the Kittens know if the bright colors and scarves of the stewardess’ uniforms signify travel to any in particular? Or were these basic TWA uniforms? Also, in which year does this season take place?

      Other notes: Peggy’s daisy pin is adorable and the entire outfit is perfect for the character. Love the side by side of Roger and Don. The difference between their outfits is hilarious. Megan looks fab, as always.

      • Pennymac

        My mom wore that daisy pin to church. LOVE!

        • decormaven

          I’ve got the sister to that pin in red and black. I’ll wear it in the spring in honor of Peggy.

        • Janet B

          I have a similar pin that I wore in my school photo, 1967-68.

      • judybrowni

        I had a daisy pin, myself, in high school.

    • Matute Lyons

      Yeah, screw the theories; I want to discuss that footwear!

      • decormaven

        Wonder how the costumers find vintage footwear? They must troll EBay. If they show Sally wearing Pappagallo flower flats, I will fall dead away in a swoon.

    • siriuslover

      Isn’t it funny how airport waiting lounge seats haven’t changed in 45 years? I do admit they’re comfortable. If Peggy’s flying to CA, I hope she doesn’t hook up with Ted again (and this from someone who really adored Ted last season). Maybe the taking the kids to see his house prompted Don to go to therapy (plus the whole I lived in a whore house and Hershey chocolate made me think I was just a normal kid meltdown). Looking forward to it!!!

    • Sofia

      that’s megan in the last shot? it doesn’t look like her to me.

    • MsC

      Some things that stand out for me:

      1. Airports and airplanes = arrivals and departures. Is Don leaving? If so, what (and who) is he leaving? Where is he going? Or is Don coming back to himself, whoever that is?

      2. Don is largely looking away, or at something off-screen, in these photos. Is he looking for something? Or seeing something he’s been looking for or trying to run away from? Or is he disengaging from his old world?

      These photos may be setting the mood for the season and the characters, more than teasing actual events.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        “Don is largely looking away, or at something off-screen, in these photos. Is he looking for something? Or seeing something he’s been looking for or trying to run away from? Or is he disengaging from his old world?”

        The Mad Men promo pictures are never this allegorical or symbolic. And besides, every single person in these pictures is looking away or off-screen.

        • mommyca

          Even MW said they are just advertising! :)

          • Matute Lyons

            Yes, these are not from actual scenes. It is a good way to whet the appetite for the show and preview the fashions (although not all the pieces are ever used on the show).

      • leahpapa

        I actually think a lot of this might be punking the feverish online conspiracy theory of last season that Don will turn out to be D.B.Cooper. Last season’s poster, which featured a dangerously askew plane and Don passing his doppelganger in the street (holding an attache case, etc.) seemed either like a really obvious nod to that ending, which I think would be ridiculous (though there are some pretty convincing essays online about it) or just a coy practical joke to mess with a fanatical and obsessive audience. Which, btw, is what I think the “next time on MM” snippets at the end of each episode are: obscurantist nonsense that essentially satirizes the way audiences salivate for the next installment of a serial.

        • Musicologie

          Someone should go back to the promo posters for each season and discuss how much it actually related to the following season. Said someone can be as facetious as they care to be.

          • leahpapa

            I may or may not have just done a quick survey via Google image search, and you’re right: most of the posters have little to do with what happened that season (unless I’m just too obtuse to deduce it). Don’s halfway underwater – he’s going to drown this season! Don’s looking at a naked mannequin – he’s going to cavort with a blow-up doll!

            • decormaven

              The promo poster done by Milton Glaser is gorgeous. Psychedelic influences indeed!

            • mommyca

              I always took the one where Don is looking at a mannequin as him understanding/accepting/not accepting Megan’s acting career. I think it captured pretty good what happened that season.

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          I really don’t think any of that’s likely. No one is putting that much thought and story into a set of promotional pictures. They’re all on airplanes because at the end of last season Sterling Cooper opened a California branch and Megan moved out to California for her acting career.

          • leahpapa

            I agree – and, as you point out, these outlandish, extreme predictions for a finale will render the actual finale comparatively anticlimactic or disappointing, if one were banking on Don turning out to be an elusive hijacker, or Jimmy Hoffa’s undertaker, or the captain of Oceanic Flight 815.

    • StarburstLady

      Blue skies and sunshine are screaming LA to me. And Megan looking so cute makes me think she’s out there for her acting.

    • mommyca

      Great thoughts on overanalyzing and what it did to True Detective finale… Totally agree! (Btw, I loved the finale).
      On these Mad Men shots, this is what Matthew Weiner said on his interview with Vulture yesterday:

      Q:The network sent us a few pictures of Don, Peggy, Megan, and Roger —
      Those are all gallery shots, or, in the language of the show, advertising.

      Q: The shot (below) of Roger and Don looks like it was from an episode.
      We picked the airport partially because of the irony of the fact that
      there is zero glamour at an airport now, and in travel in general. It
      doesn’t defy analysis, because all those people will be in the show, but
      I would not read meaning into it. Sorry!

      • lobsterlen

        I am guilty … I over-analyzed True Detective but loved the finale.

        • Kitten Mittons

          It’s an easy trap to fall into.

          I loved it, too. The final scenes were mesmerizing.

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        He should check out a couple of Irish regional airports – they still look like the late 1960s.

        • fitzg

          Actually, I was at LaGuardia yesterday, and it pretty much still looks like it does in that shot of Peggy and Don at the gate, except dirtier and more run down. It has the same seats and everything. I actually wondered if they had cleared out a gate at a ridiculously early morning hour to shoot this.
          To be clear, love New York, hate LGA.

          • A Shiny O’Connor

            Actually I went through LGA recently and I agree, it’s beyond drab.

    • altalinda

      Those stewardess scarves look impractical. How many cups of coffee and dinners did they dip into?

      • Ginger

        Who cares about impracticality? They look amazing! :)

    • ccinnc

      The stewardess uniforms are great, but did they REALLY wear those ridiculous scarves? Mine would’ve been dipping into every drink I served.

      • Floretta

        IIRC they boarded and de-boarded in full uniform but removed the scarf (and gloves) while working. Nurses used to complain about working wearing their white caps, too, but old-timers insisted on it, in spite of the caps falling off or ending up askew while working with patients.

    • Pennymac

      April can’t get here soon enough!

      • marlie

        This AND GoT? I’m going to be glued to my TV.

        • MilaXX

          This, GoT AND Orphan Black.

          • marlie

            YES. I forgot about Orphan Black!

          • Violina23

            Yes! Tatiana Maslany is the definition of “wuz robbed” in award season

          • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

            “Game of Thrones” and “Orphan Black” for moi. Never could get into “Mad Men”

    • MartyBellerMask

      1. Thank you. Thank you for saying that!!

      2. Sigh. I have been waiting for this show to return, but these pictures… these pictures are not really exciting me in any way.

    • http://thejoyfulfox.blogspot.com/ Laura

      Can we talk about Roger’s Chelsea booties?!

      • KinoEye

        Ahh! I didn’t even notice them, but that’s such a huge change in his style. For once, Roger’s ahead of Don on the style curve. I love Chelsea boots.

      • JulieTy

        That is EXACTLY what I was going to say! :-)

      • alyce1213

        He got them from my father-in-law. The whole outfit, in fact.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Ugh. Reply went in the wrong spot.

    • KinoEye

      I think it might’ve been TLo who theorized that Don would probably end up in California at the end of the series, and I’d give traction to that theory. He’s always been the most comfortable/happy there.

      • Kate Andrews

        I want to start calling him Dick Whitman!

      • filmcricket

        And Weiner has said that one of the themes of the show is the pull of the culture away from the decaying hell hole NYC was about to become and out to the fresh, crunchy granola newness of California.

    • Judy_J

      I’m glad to hear your stance on the over-analyzing. Discussing and kibbutzing are fine, but it is also good to just enjoy the story as it is being told. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in the Don Draper/Dick Whitman saga.

    • lobsterlen

      Did stewardess wear white gloves when they served you? I know they wore hats and gloves when they “arrived” but would they have kept them on?

    • Chris

      The pictures are great and I love seeing vintage flight attendant outfits. I just wish there were more pictures released and that Betty and Joan were in some. I love getting that first glimpse of how they could be styled for that season.

    • crash1212

      Smoking on planes. Beatle boots. Roger rules! Can’t wait for new season.

    • MilaXX

      I’m sure Ill get sucked back in but right now I think I’ll mostly be watching Mad Men to see how Weiner ends the show. I read the interview with Weiner over at Hitfx and honestly he sounds as full of crap as ever. I may be one of the few that liked the True Dectective ending. Then again I didn’t really bother with the whole Yellow King mythology and various conspiracy theories so I was let down. It was nice to just sit back and enjoy the ride and the performances by Harrison & McConaughey.

      So I’m gonna try and just sit back and enjoy the Mad Men ride.

      • mommyca

        There is a lot of people out there who liked the True Detective ending…
        And why is MW full of crap????

        • MilaXX

          I don’t know I just get this pretentious vibe from him that bugs. I’ll admit it could be me. Weiner is on my irrational hate list. He acts like Mad Men is high Art instead of a tv show. I just want him to calm down and go sit in a corner.

          • mommyca

            That’s funny, because I think the opposite, I just love him :) And he is the writer, so of course he is going to think it’s high art, why not?
            thanks for explaining :)

    • ovarB

      I spend my days specifying Herman Miller furniture so this makes me giddy seeing the classic Eames Tandem Sling seating designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

      • decormaven

        Yes! This show is such a goldmine for furniture. Love every minute of it.

      • BobStPaul

        I could go for an analysis of the furniture similar to the one on costume design. The cool thing is you can still buy the furniture – though it’s becoming increasingly expensive.

        • Ginger

          Someday in the not-too-distant future, this furniture will once again be deemed old-fashioned and not in style (and the price will once again plummet). That’s when I make my move. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • anotherEloise

            You and me, Ginger! I’ll be adding to the stuff I’ve already inherited. I grew up with Midcentury Modern and love it all the way.

        • ovarB

          Yes, Herman Miller still produces a good amount of the Eames collection and yes, it is not for the faint of pocketbook. You will be pleased to know that the Eames Lounge Chair is still made by hand and still one of the most comfortable chairs you will ever sit in.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      The blue green motif for adultery is funny because adultery is so prevalent in this show I’m sure one could find any number of leitmotifs to signify it.

      I am going to go the easy route and say Peggy in green hopefully means monetary success for her (and probably less success on the romantic front, knowing our Pegs.)

    • KayeBlue

      Megan, put on some goddamn PANTS!

      • Floretta

        One wore colored textured tights with dresses and skirts that short. I have a college picture from a few years later (circa 1972) of me wearing a navy pinstripe corduroy sleeveless jumper with white long-sleeved poet ruffled blouse underneath, and the jumper came several inches higher than my fingertips – I wore navy tights with it. Megan is fashion forward; dresses that short would fly in New York and LA, especially among her peers but in more conservative fly-over America it took a couple years to catch-up to the really short dresses — and not long thereafter came the godawful midis.

        • anotherEloise

          Agree. I grew up in the SF Bay Area, and we teens and tweens wore our skirts and dresses that short, above our fingertips, as you say. With tights and, of course, pettipants to keep from revealing too much ;). Megan obviously would consider herself young enough (and hot enough) to keep her hems as short as the adolescents would.

    • Vanessa

      Can’t believe that those airport seats are still very much in use at BWI (and probably other airports).

    • Susan Velazquez

      I wish Sally and Betty were also featured in these shots. I can’t wait to see them in ’69 drag.

    • decormaven

      That’s such a great look. Can you imagine trying to serve people, leaning over, with that d scarf around the neck? That’s when people dressed for the occasion, and bit the bullet to be stylin’ in public.

    • MerBearStare

      [Comic Book Guy voice] Worst. Episode. Ever [/Comic Book Guy voice]

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      Oh also, I know last season ended somewhere in the middle of 1968, but I realized that Belle de Jour came out in the US in April 1968. Given that Don has already expressed a fondness for Catherine Deneuve in a prior season (an offhand mention of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg) I wonder if the film will influence his time as a househusband at all (or if we will see any mention of it – I love Buñuel).

    • PastryGoddess

      Roger…in PLAID pants. Roger!!

      • Gatto Nero

        And the boots!

    • Lilyana_F

      Respect for you guys for realizing it all went a tad bit too far with the over-analyzing (although, I feel you didn’t cross the line). I, of course, will be reading your reviews religiously, as always, that’s the thing that makes the Mad Men experience compete for me. They should totally credit you for that! lol

      • Ginger

        I never watched an episode of MM until I started reading the Mad Style posts. Now I can’t tear myself away. I’ve seen all of the back episodes numerous times and even my husband is hooked! They really should credit our dear uncles with turning people onto the show in the first place.

    • Missy

      Ugh. As a frequent traveler can I just say how in-awe I am by how *plush* and comfortable the airplanes look in comparison to now (even in first class)?

    • seelebrennt

      i could swear a couple of these were taken at the burbank airport. the picture of peggy and don sitting near the windows (the airport/seats totally still looks like that) and the shot of megan and don outside. i CANNOT wait for this!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        The airport waiting area seats often are exactly these. I cannot believe that Weiner & Co. aren’t late ’60s correct, so it’s a bit of a surprise that they hail back 45 years. And look good, too, from an enduring design standpoint.

    • another_laura

      Very very odd to see the stewardesses wearing those heavy scarves, which make no sense from a practical perspective. That’s all I got.

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        You know you want one though ;)

        • another_laura

          Oh yes, darling, I do!

    • Paula Pertile

      I’ve had the True Detective song stuck in my head all week. Loved the finale, never over-anaylized any of it, so didn’t have any expectations. MM in the wheelchair – hello Emmy.

      My dad had some of those Roger boots. My dentist wore plaid pants. People smoked on planes. CrAzY!

      Can’t wait for it all to start!

      • Kitten Mittons

        That whole scene outside the hospital was fantastic.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I deliberately didn’t waste my time theorizing about True Detective. I also didn’t understand why people were looking for a grand conspiracy in regards to the Yellow King – I thought the show introduced everything we needed to know before the finale. The show established that “the man with the scars and green ears” is the big monster, and he was revealed in the finale scene of Episode 7

      I’m excited for Mad Men. Maybe these promo pics are messing with us, since so many people are convinced Don Draper is DB Cooper

    • TigerLaverada

      At, the 727, configured comfortably for passengers. A bygone age to be sure. Can’t wait for the new season of MM.

      I loved all of True Detective, including the ending. But I’m not one of those analyzer types, I tend to take programs as presented and only respond negatively to shitty/ridiculous plotting, bad acting and crappy production values, particularly poor lighting. True Detective had almost to none of these flaws in my book, and the acting and cinematography in particular were superb.

    • Rand Ortega

      Not only did I over analyze “TD”, I read every over analysis of “TD” I could find. And I still loved the finale. I don’t know what Matthew McConaghey’s smoking these days, but he should bottle it & sell it to every young actor in HWood. That MF is on fire.

      • A Shiny O’Connor

        He’s always had it. Remember him as ‘himself’ in Sex and the City? That was some powerful shit.

      • lobsterlen

        Did the same exact thing! Over analyzed, created all sorts of alternative endings and was totally wrong and completely happy about it. I haven’t read all the negative reviews but it seems there maybe a major disconnect between “official” TV critics and the general public.

      • mlurve

        I did the same thing. I got totally caught up in some of the crazier theories (mostly the ones about Maggie’s dad and Audrey) but I absolutely loved the finale. I think a lot of people who were overanalyzing were disappointed because coming up with complicated theories made them feel smart and they didn’t get to say “Ha I told you so!” at the end.

        • Rand Ortega

          Exactly.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Roger Sterling is wearing Chelsea boots. Everything will be FINE.

      • Sabin

        Is that what those are called? I had an instant flashback to my dad wearing those. I HATED them as a kid. Thought they looked like they were trying too hard (trying too hard at what I had no idea).

    • ashtangajunkie

      I’m too excited to analyze just yet. It always feels like eons between MM seasons.

      • Laura Renee

        It’s going to be even worse this time, with seven eps now and then waiting another freaking year for the rest…

        • AnneElliot

          NOOOOOOOO!!!!! Had not heard this. Why, why, why?????

          • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

            Because Matthew Weiner doesn’t want it to end, either? Especially the money part? Another year is another chance to win awards again? Pick one or all of your favorite answers…

    • Synnamin

      Am I the only person who had never heard of True Detective until this week?

      also, SQUEEE!!! Yay promo photos!

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      It’s really hard not to analyse every damn detail. I just noticed the only two black people in all these pics are in the last one. Looking in opposite directions, one is a porter and the other looks to be a businessman, they are both carrying bags – one a trolly of luggage, the other a briefcase.

      *smacks self on hand to STOP already*

    • Wendi126

      I read an interview with Weiner and these pics were staged for the promos. Not stills from actual footage

      • Kit Jackson 1967

        They never are. I remember a promo picture of Peggy in a great dress. I waited all season to see her wear the dress, and it never appeared, outside of the promo shot.

    • AwesomeJen

      As a flight attendant, I feel like this season is going to make me weep at the former glamour of my profession…if only I could wear go-go boots to work, *harumph*

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        My grandmother was a flight attendant in the early 1950s. She got a proposal of marriage from a sheik and on another occasion her sister tried to throw herself out of the plane because of love gone wrong. A very different time!

    • Melissa

      All I have to say about True Detective is this: don’t dangle carrots then expect the audience not to bite. I completely agree with you on the Mad Men over-analysis, but True Detective planted dozens of Checkov’s Guns the criticized the viewers for expecting them to go off. If a sizable portion of your audience is missing the main point of your show, maybe you need to take a look at where you’re leading them.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        How sizable was that portion of the audience, though? Just because people online were speculating wildly doesn’t mean the majority of the audience was. And I’d be curious as to which parts you consider carrots dangled in front of the audience because virtually all the carrots I’ve heard referenced tend to be misinterpretations of what was presented and why.

        • Melissa

          Damn, I wrote a long, thought-out reply, but Disquis appears to have eaten it. If it shows up later, apologies. The jist was basically that I actually liked the ending (the acting was superb and the character payoff huge) and don’t think people ought to expect their own theories to be used on the show. However, I /also/ don’t think it’s right for the creator to criticize viewers for speculating on the clues in a detective/police procedural. Clues he featured very deliberately and prominently. Yes, the character development and grander themes were a huge part of TD, but for a man who says he hates bait n’ switch, Nic Pizzolatto sure threw in a lot of red herrings. I don’t believe all the clues were meant to be symbolic, I think some were just sloppy dead ends. Don’t insult your viewership’s intelligence by telling them they ‘don’t get it’ when you could have been less misleading.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            When did Pizzolatto criticize the viewers?

            • Melissa

              Sorry, I was thinking of bloggers when I said ‘the creator,’ though I do think Pizzolatto was doing a bit of covering his own ass by telling people not to speculate on theories in interviews. All in all, I felt it was a solid show, I just think some of those theories were spurned on by misleading writing.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Doesn’t it make more sense that Pizolatto was telling people not to speculate based on wild theories because the theories were all wrong and not because he was trying to cover his own ass?

            • mommyca

              Totally agree here… and it’s kind of tough for writers out there to match everybody’s expectations in this day and age of over-analyzing shows. He wrote the story and it’s out there for us to like it or not, but he doesn’t have to do this or that… the characters speak to him one way or the other and that’s the finale he had in him… It’s like a painting to me, everybody will have their own interpretations, but the writer/artist doesn’t OWE any specific finale to placate people’s wild theories… Well, at least that’s how I saw it… :)

      • Adrianna Grężak

        I actually disagree. I wrote in a comment earlier today that I felt that True Detective revealed everything we needed to know by the final shot in Episode 7, and I didn’t understand why people were even theorizing before the finale. I felt that the plot was geared towards figuring out who was “the spaghetti monster,” which was revealed in the final scene of Episode 7.

    • lillyvonschtupp

      Im gonna be mad if everyone moves to LA like Laverne and Shirley.

      • Floretta

        OMG – Peggy’s mother will be beside herself, lol.

    • The Versatile Chef

      Random thoughts:

      Roger is rocking the Botany 500 look. Plus: ankle boots!
      Those airline seats look so much more comfortable than what we’re offered today
      Who thought a winter scarf would be a good idea as part of a stewardess uni?
      Needs more Joan.

      • decormaven

        Botany 500 will always remind me of Johnny Carson.

    • Daisy Buchanan

      Is True Detective really worth the watch? I tried to get into it, and I have to be honest – the way women were objectified in the opening credits alone put me off (I also had just come from watching Top of the Lake, so my sensitivity may have been in a heightened state).

      • ThaliaMenninger

        I didn’t see Top of the Lake, but I tuned out of True Detective after a few minutes because of the way women were objectified. And also Matthew McConaughey’s wacko philosophizer who kind of made me roll my eyes.

        • Daisy Buchanan

          Definitely check out Top of the Lake (all seven episodes are on Project Free TV). Elisabeth Moss is extraordinary. It’s atmospheric like The Killing but with Clarice Starling as the lead. Holly Hunter’s character is indescribably weird.

      • judybrowni

        No, it’s not worth watching.

        I tuned out at Episode 3, although I was fairly fed up much earlier.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        I loved True Detective – it’s the only show to give me goosebumps. (twice!) I normally hate the way women are objectified in HBO shows. It’s one of the main reason I haven’t watched The Sopranos past Season 1. With True Detective I’d say the objectification is deliberate b/c that’s how one of the characters treated women at that point his life. (The plot spans across 17 years) For example, the sex scene with the other main character doesn’t even show the woman’s naked body, just his.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      The stewardess in the background behind Peggy and Don looks a lot like Megan. And they’re both in red. That’s the extent of my theorizing! I so agree on the tendency to chew up a show rather than, as you say, letting it breathe. I wanna see what they do and where it’s going as it unfolds and not waste time on panicky MANSON! theories which only make me anxious and dready.

      • Daisy Buchanan

        Where does the “Pete is killed by a bear” theory work into this? :)

        (I read too much Uproxx.)

        • ThaliaMenninger

          I haven’t heard that one but I don’t read Uproxx, either. So… Trip to Bohemia, Pete finds an abandoned baby and is trying to decide whether he should rescue it (feeling guilt over the lost Peggy baby) when oops, exit Pete, pursued by a bear?

          • Daisy Buchanan

            I think their theory is that a bear walks into SCDP and just attacks Pete. It’s super weird; I honestly don’t even understand how they came up with it. The site was mildly distracted during last season with the whole “Megan is Sharon Tate” theory but as soon as that failed to materialize, they went back to “Pete is eaten by a bear.”

            • ThaliaMenninger

              Because bears so often walk around in Manhattan. And take the elevator up to an ad agency and walk in, ask the receptionist for Pete, and then politely chomp on him. I like my Winter’s Tale better. Although I have to say, Weiner hasn’t really shown an inclination to cadge from Shakespeare, but the whole loss thing he keeps talking about would fit Perdita, whose name means… Ta da! Lost. But if Shakespearean influences seem unlikely, so do bears in Manhattan.

            • Daisy Buchanan

              I just have to tell you, I completely laughed out loud from your opening line :) Not everyone can achieve that feat, so if you ever come to Boston, I owe you a libation.

          • Floretta

            Not unless the bear shoots Pete with his (Pete’s) gun that has been hanging around since he traded in the duplicate chip and dip set for it back in Season One.

            • ThaliaMenninger

              Well, maybe Chekhov comes into the ad agency inside a bear suit and shoots Pete with his own rifle because he’s mad the rifle thing never paid off.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      OH MEGAN.

    • DeniseSchipani

      Is Roger wearing boots with those plaid pants??

      • Lilithcat

        He is, indeed! That was the height of male chic back then.

    • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

      Megan is rocking that Pucci like it owes her rent.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I actually don’t mind all the wacky theorizing. As long as you don’t expect it all to come true, it’s hilarious to read and come up with. To my mind it’s a symptom of the show itself becoming a little mundane as it lumbers along past its prime. (“Surely they can’t just drag yet another bad affair on for a full season! There must be more to it!”) I’m prepared to eat my words, but personally I’ll be shocked if the story reveals something new that hasn’t already been said in the first 6 seasons. Don continues to be a dick, the world is changing and his destruction is assured. What else ya got?

    • MarinaCat

      What’s with Don’s Wayne-Newton-hair in the second picture?

    • judybrowni

      Jon Hamm.. . I may have to go lie down.

      No reporting here on what happens next.

    • shopgirl716

      The oddest part of the True Detective discussions, to me, was the level of emotion people put into their critiques. It’s a TV show, calm down people.

    • golden_valley

      TWA! Takes me back to those latter 1960s days when my dad took us to look at the brand new St Louis airport. People were dressed just like that unlike now when people fly in their pajamas. It was all so glamorous then.

      Oh you uncles are so right about over analysis. Let the writers tell their stories people! You can write your own story if you don’t like it…it’s called fan fiction. Just please! stop complaining if you don’t like the way the writer did it.

    • vickilu

      Let’s, for a moment, acknowledge that the flight attendant uniforms are the same color as Lifesavers candy packaging. This leads me to suspect that I am now craving Lifesavers candy.

    • rainwood1

      I’ll be especially interested this season because it takes place at a time when I was old enough to notice what was going on and I’ll be able to tell if MM got it right.

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      Lizzie did a great interview for NYMagazine. The title article was “Elizabeth Moss was always the star of MadMen….She just didn’t know it.

    • Karen North

      Roger is so…Rowans and Martin. Is it possible that we still sit in the EXACT SAME chairs in the airport terminal?

    • Shawn EH

      Don is TRYING to be with Megan, whose career is finally taking off, and he has A job somewhere, COMPETING DIRECTLY with Peggy. That’s my guess. Also Roger’s boots = love!

      • AnneElliot

        My dad had those boots in the early 70s. This season will definitely bring back childhood memories!

    • stephbellard

      Well said. Nothing was worse for Lost than Lost-fans.

    • Leona Laurie

      I’m not going to analyze the photos, but I don’t think it’s an accident that you can’t see Don’s left hand in any of the images. Or Megan’s in the one she’s in. No give-away on whether either is still wearing a ring.

    • Glammie

      So, I’ve been assuming the airplane shots are about Don Draper going to California. However, TWA handled international routes. There may have been a connecting NY-LA run, but domestic was not TWA’s bailiwick. So, I’m wondering if Don and co. are going to California or pitching TWA. Or both? Presumably, he gets back in with SC somehow because he’s seated next to Roger.

    • AutumnInNY

      Ugh. I was really hoping for a Megan-less season coming up. The character is boring and the actress is very limited IMHO. She’s had more screen time than any of the principal women in the cast since season five. Surely Joan, Betty and most certainly Sally are far more interesting and deserve a decent story line already.

    • Ajay

      My favorite photo is Don with Megan. Love their edgy facial expressions and body language and yet they still look very sexy, harmonious and stylish as always. I think the background scene and props are brilliant and amazing . Great shot. Love everything Megan wears and her shiny luxurious hairdo is priceless. Can’t wait what will unfold to this vulnerable couple. Will they get divorced, is there still love and reconciliation ?

    • Karmas.Laugh

      No mention of the scarves? Or the cranberry/ salmon colors that seem to be spots of happy on an otherwise drab background? I like how Peggy is smirking and Don is ignoring it.

      • Karmas.Laugh

        Also, doesn’t that look like Trudy and Pete looking out the window with the pic of Don and Peggy?

      • Kit Jackson 1967

        I wouldn’t describe Peggy as smirking. It’s more intense concentration.

    • Thomas C Bennett

      Further pushing my fantasy to look as fabulous as Roger always does. Slacks!