Jon Hamm just said something very unsettling about Don Draper’s life after the finale of “Mad Men”

While Mad Men had quite an incredible finale, of course you might think about what would happen next. During an interview with The Rich Eisen Show, Jon Hamm reflected on Mad Men‘s Don Draper, a character so strong and intriguing that he truly made the AMC hit what it was.

Many of us were introduced to Hamm based on Don Draper, and since he filled the fictional ad man’s shoes, he probably has the best insight on what happened after the run of the show.

As a reminder, the last scene of the show focused around — you guessed it — an ad. After a moment of zen, it was implied that Draper found the motivation to create the famous “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke” advertisement that we all know and love.

All in all, it was much more uplifting than what fans originally guessed — that Draper, the conflicted man that he was, would leap off a building much like in the opening credits.

Instead, he found peace. And we have to admit, it was a heartwarming way to end the series.


But in Hamm’s eyes, that zen didn’t last too long. Maybe it ended right around his last complimentary bottle of Coca-Cola that we’re imagining he received for such a genius campaign.

"I don't think that stuck. I don't think that Zen moment of understanding of anything really stuck. That leopard is not changing his spots," Hamm said.

Huh. Well, based on Draper’s actions during the rest of the series, we can possibly see that as being true.

"I think it was more about, he just had a really good idea for a commercial."

Maybe the audience just projected more on Don, since they genuinely wanted him to be good. It definitely makes you think.

You can watch more of the interview here:

For the record, Hamm also believes that without a “massive lifestyle shift,” Draper would totally be “six feet under” today. Poor guy.

Based on clues from other interviews Hamm did about the big scene, it’s pretty obvious that he’s felt this way for awhile. In 2015, right after the finale aired, Hamm discussed Draper’s final moments with The New York Times.

"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. 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," he said.

Anyone else suddenly in the mood to rewatch the entire series?