Last night, a friend who hasn’t seen any of the most recent season of Mad Men googled “Mad Men,” or something, to find out what season they’re up to (Season 5) and in .5 seconds had the entire season spoiled for him. Very foolish! I’m telling you that parable now so you don’t read this portion of an interview with Jarred Harris, the actor who plays Lane Pryce, if you’re not caught up on Mad Men because, SPOILER ALERT, it is one big spoiler. So stop reading now! If you aren’t caught up! But for the rest of us, Jarred was asked if Mad Men gave him a going away party (sure) and this was his answer, from The Daily:
They didn’t. You know, we’re always ending things. Actors are always ending jobs. It isn’t a big deal in that sense. Also other people had left the show that had been there since the beginning. Elisabeth [Moss] left the episode before and she’d been there since the beginning. Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey) left in season three [though reappeared for one episode this season]… Bryan Batt. People leave and it’s just part of it. They didn’t make a giant fuss.
Whuuuuuuuuut? Since the interview was published, the quote has been re-published everywhere as evidence that Peggy Olson is actually off of the show for good. (After a follow-up question, Jarred said “I have no idea what Matthew Weiner intends to do and even then I couldn’t tell you.” So there’s also that bit of back-peddling.) But, I don’t think it means that? I think he legitimately just does not know what he’s talking about. I also think that if Peggy Olson were off of the show for good (or close enough to “for good,” like Paul Kinsey), everyone would know about it already anyway. The surprise was that she left the agency, I don’t know that a slow-burner “oh yeah, she never did come back did she?” surprise would be something worth protecting. Right? Or no? Do you not agree? What do you think? Tell me what you think.