The series that took us back to the world of advertising ended [ SPOILER ALERT ] with one of the most iconic ads of all time, the "I'd Like to Buy The World A Coke" commercial.
And because the "Hillside" ad played right after cutting from Don Draper meditating on a hillside at a hippie retreat, many believed the implication was clear.
Don went on to create the commercial.
Star Jon Hamm says he was "struck by the poetry" of the final moment (which you can watch BELOW). And he has his own view of what it meant for his character. He said:
"When we find Don in that place, and this stranger relates this story of not being heard or seen or understood or appreciated, the resonance for Don was total in that moment. There was a void staring at him. We see him in an incredibly vulnerable place, surrounded by strangers, and he reaches out to the only person he can at that moment, and it's this stranger.
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."
Jon also offers some insight into the final episode by shedding a little light on some foreshadowing you may have missed. He explained:
"There was a little bit of a crumb dropped earlier in the season when Ted says there are three women in every man's life, and Don says, 'You've been sitting on that for a while, huh?' There are, not coincidentally, three person to person phone calls that Don makes in this episode, to three women who are important to him for different reasons. You see the slow degeneration of his relationships with those women over the course of those phone calls."
Sounds like a LOT of thought went into that last episode. Maybe we should take a breath and then rewatch the whole season to see what else we missed!