How'd you like that series finale? The Mad Men series finale was polarizing, with its wild tonal swings, its too-pat closure of some stories, the disappearance of Don as an active participant in his life, and its seemingly ambiguous ending — until you realize that it's not ambiguous at all, at which point it might seem too cute. To have an ending that some people will worship, and others will hate feels right for Mad Men , a historically important show that was never a mass hit, unlike its AMC brethren The Walking Dead or, as the years went on, Breaking Bad. For the TV business, the quality of dramas on basic cable was about to hit its apex, and Mad Men would soon start collecting the Emmys to prove it. For fans, Mad Men 's visual beauty, its attention to history, and its rigorous narrative complexities were their own rewards. Of course, it was never the most fun show of television's second Golden Age.
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The milk and honey route, from which this penultimate episode takes its name, was the hobo nickname for one of the train lines running through Utah. It got its name from the generosity of Mormons who would feed the itinerant travellers but, as this piece by the American sociologist Nels Anderson explains, the term has come to mean any route taken which has a promise of better things to come. Anderson writes:. What may be a milk and honey route to one hobo may not be so to another.
‘I watched my mother die. I won’t do that to you’ – Betty
If you pay close attention to the clues along the way, you see that he was dropping hints as to what was really behind this story all along. The story takes place primarily inside an advertising agency, and he is using subliminal messages to tell a parable about the meaning of life, to be sure, and the search for truth. Two accidents in particular. There are a lot of recurring themes that pop up in just about every episode of the series. Travel is the most dominant theme, and for good reason. That is an old hobo term for a rail line that runs through Utah.
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