Jon Hamm opens up about his character, Don Draper, on AMC's original series, "Mad Men." (Photo : AMC)
Spring is upon us, and so is season six of "Mad Men." AMC has always been overly protective with details concerning their original series by not providing fans with spoilers or any other season details. All the network has given fans are several cast photos, none of which show anything that will be seen in the upcoming season, and an ominous sketched poster that hints at certain topics, leaving fans with even more questions to ponder.
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So naturally, fans got excited when Jon Hamm, who plays the show's star Don Draper, sat down to talk about his character during a recent press day. He provided a brief synopsis on how his character has evolved since season one and hinted at what we may or may not see come season six.
"We open [Season 6] with a man sitting in paradise reading about hell. And I think that's an interesting juxtaposition. We see it in the key art, and as the season progresses you'll see a lot of dualities and two sides of this person. We also ended last season with Don leaving Megan in the spotlight and retreating to the shadow. I think that's significant. [Also] where we're at in the '60s and where we're at in the culture at large -- not just United States culture but world culture -- it's such a turbulent time. I think that that all serves to add depth to this story and to this man's journey. How is he going to navigate these increasingly choppy waters?"
"With a couple of the big events in Don's life that have ended badly or opposite the way he wanted them to end -I'm thinking specifically of his brother's suicide, Lane's suicide and Joan's decision last season - Don had the capacity to change those things and tried... I think it does resonate in [Don's] life that he in a lot of situations is very good at convincing people to do what he wants and in these three particular life-altering situations he couldn't. That's an interesting observation I think."
"I wish for him to find peace and or balance and or happiness. I think Don's life has been one out of balance for quite some time. Not to get too 'Life of Pi' on anyone here - which was an excellent film by the way, if you haven't seen it please do - we find out more in Season 6 about why Don is how he is. And why Don does what he does. His house is built on a week foundation. He's a fundamentally damaged and broken guy. I would advise him to fix that foundation. And then work on the house. Don't work on the house first. Work on the foundation first. I hope that was cryptic enough."
Draper is a complex man. We still aren't entirely clear on his past or if he'll ever address its problems before it destroys him, but we'll get a better idea upon the April 7 return of "Mad Men" on AMC.