What’s really behind all the spoilers and teasers for “Mad Men” season 6? In the past month an abundance of vague spoilers have hit the Internet, but nothing specific. Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, has offered bits and pieces of the puzzle over what season 6 will be about.
In an interview with reporters in Los Angeles recently, Weiner addressed the general theme of what “Mad Men” will have.
“What you really see on the poster … is that you do repeat things in life,” Weiner said. “[It's about] coming back to a place where things are not so great, and starting to realize that maybe you are the problem. [There is] anxiety that is created by all of these characters wondering why they are the way they are. Maybe you’re a fraud. Maybe you’re facing all the bad things you’ve ever done in your life. But you are back in a place where you are the issue. In the first episode when someone says, ‘People will do anything to alleviate their anxiety,’ that’s what this season is about.”
How will “Mad Men” compare with today’s world?
“I feel like more than ever it’s in line with where we are right now,” Weiner noted. “[We live in] a very different economic time and different political time than when the show takes place, but we’re talking about a period of powerlessness. [There was] a huge boom in technology that might be more alienating than we like to believe. The society is having an identity crisis just like Don is. Can you change?
“There is a general anxiety right now, especially in this country about who we are and what we’re supposed to do. I try to capitalize on it as much as possible but it really has to do with facing yourself.”
And what about the initial teaser when the photos came out that fans “are invited to the affair of the year”? Weiner to explains that it didn’t necessarily point to infidelity.
“They suggested that to me and I didn’t even see the double entendre,” Weiner admitted. “To me ‘affair’ is like the oldest word for a party that there is. [It] sounds like ‘my parents’ catered affair.’ And I love the idea that the show hinges on that, but Don’s infidelity to me is like so low on the list of tensions. If you think the show is dependent on that, we’ve really failed. And ‘the affair of the year’ is just like — I embarrass myself, I’m such a writer and everything’s got subtext and I didn’t even [notice].”
Anything viewers can sink their teeth into about season 6 of “Mad Men” is welcome news.
How do you feel about Matthew Weiner giving us a closer look at what’s to come on the show?