Mad Men Recap: Surrender to the Void

Deep into "Lady Lazarus" is a brief moment that crystallizes the essence of Mad Men: a moment when a man finds himself staring into an abyss.

The man is Don Draper. He has just said good-bye to his second wife, Megan, who's decided to leave Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and pursue the acting career she abandoned a few years ago. Although they're still married — and, it appears in subsequent scenes, happily so — Don and Megan's parting when she steps onto her elevator has unusual weight. There's more going on in their kiss and subsequent exchange of close-ups than a simple, temporary parting. It feels like a rupture, a decisive moment that could go either way in the long run. Read More...


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