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Jon Hamm Responds To Criticism Over 'Mad Men' Series Finale

Jon Hamm is defending the 'Mad Men' series finale against criticism that it was overly sentimental and contrived.

On the final episode, Hamm's Don Draper was credited with creating Coca-Cola's iconic 'I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke' commercial after finally achieving inner peace by connecting with another lonely man.

"My take is that, the next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man. And so, this thing comes to him," Hamm tells The New York Times.

"There's a way to see it in a completely cynical way, and say, 'Wow, that's awful.' But I think that for Don, it represents some kind of understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led."

"There's people saying, 'Oh, it's so pat, and it's rom-com-y, or whatever it is.' But it's not the end of anything," he says.

"The world doesn't blow up right after the Coke commercial ends. No one is suggesting that Stan and Peggy live happily ever after, or that Joan's business is a rousing success, or that Roger and Marie come back from Paris together. None of it is done."

"These aren't the last moments of any of these characters' lives, including Betty. She doesn't have much time left, but damn if she's not going to spend it the way she wants to spend it."

"Matthew Weiner had said at one point, 'I just want my characters to be a little more happy than they were in the beginning,' and I think that's pretty much true."

May 21, 2015 |

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