Mad Men's Bryan Batt: "I Hope There's More to Sal"

For Mad Men's Bryan Batt, looking back at the AMC drama's third season is bittersweet.

Yes, Batt's character, closeted art director Salvatore Romano, received ample screen time and emotional story lines. It's just that the most gripping episode of his arc may have been his very last on the show.

In the episode, Sal refused the advances of the son of Sterling Cooper's largest client. In the fallout, he was fired, and his character did not appear in the remainder of the season. Batt says he hasn't been approached about returning for Season 4, which begins airing this summer.

"I don't know what's happening with my character," Batt tells "The only thing I can hold onto is that [series creator Matt Weiner] said in an interview, he's not dead. So it's kind of in limbo, and limbo's getting very crowded. As far as I know, nothing's on the table."

Still, Batt is looking on the bright side: He has an upcoming guest-starring role in Ugly Betty and is set to release a memoir, She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother, on May 4. And he has no hard feelings about his character's fate.

"So many people are very passionate about Sal," Batt says. "I think it really is a testament to great writing, and... creating a character that people really care about. What happens to him resonates on so many levels."

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