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'Mad Men': That cult compound looks familiar...

Everything old is new again!

In last night’s Mad Men, Roger and Mona drove upstate to attempt to talk some sense into their daughter, Margaret Martha Marcy May Marlene Marigold, who — surprise! — had joined a commune/cult of sorts. And just moments after the commune setting appeared, the Internet noted that the house looked mighty familiar: It appears to be the same set from the season 1 episode “The Hobo Code,” where viewers saw young Dick Whitman living on a Depression-era farm. Not quite as cool as Dick later moving to the house from the “Thriller” video — but a fun detail nonetheless. READ FULL STORY

Time's 'Mad Men' cover story: What we learned

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The story of Mad Men is as much about the transformation of its characters as the changes that took place in 1960s America — not to mention the storytelling revolution of modern television. As the iconic AMC drama prepares to enter its seventh and final season, Time TV critic James Poniewozik examined the broad significance of Mad Men for the magazine’s latest cover story. Here’s his take on why we’re mad about the show.

The characters

It’s easy to envy a guy like Don Draper (Jon Hamm) — on the surface, at least. But the tailored suits and beautiful apartment and gorgeous women are just selling points in the broken ad man’s personal marketing campaign.

“I’m always surprised when people are like, ‘I want to be just like Don Draper,’” Hamm tells Poniewozik. “You want to be a miserable drunk? You want to be like the guy on the poster, maybe, but not the actual guy. The outside looks great, the inside is rotten. That’s advertising. Put some Vaseline on that food, make it shine and look good. Can’t eat it, but it looks good.”

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Overthinking the inscrutable 'Mad Men' season 7 photos -- THEORIES

Matthew Weiner has once again shrouded the new season of Mad Men in Soviet-level secrecy, disallowing cast members from saying anything more specific about their roles on the show beyond “I am still on Mad Men” and “Please redact my previous statement.”

But as the show prepares to unveil Season 7A, the veil has lifted ever-so-slightly. Last week, AMC released a preview, which showed Don disembarking from an airplane, very slowly and mournfully. “Jesus, maybe it’s a metaphor!” we all thought. “Or maybe it’s an homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2,” some of us thought. “Don is the Yellow King!” screamed your friend who proved that True Detective and Mad Men were set in the same universe, and had the GIFs to prove it.

However, new photos from the season have just been released, which strongly imply that “airplanes” aren’t just the subtext of the season: They might actually be the text. The photos show various Mad Men cast members hanging out in various stages of the air travel process, experiencing a variety of emotions running the gamut from “abstract befuddlement” to “meanderous ambivalence” to “existential perambulation.” But they’re all doing it while air-traveling! Let’s take a look, shall we?

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'Mad Men': Will it really end in 1969?

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Since the very beginning of Mad Men, Don Draper has seemed doomed. From the show’s opening-credit sequence, with a silhouetted suit falling helplessly from the Madison Avenue skyline, to this year’s season premiere, which featured Don delving into a copy of Dante’s Inferno, the future always seemed bleak for our dapper anti-hero.

Oblivious to the fact that he’s always on the wrong side of history, Don began to wither. What seemed cool about him in the beginning — his afternoon drinks and serial womanizing — has devolved to pathetic.

So where will it end? And more importantly, when? Will the year be 1969 when Mad Men returns for its seventh and final season? Or 1970? 1973…? Or might Matthew Weiner throw a curve and leap into the future — say 1980 — before flashing-back to the beginning of the previous decade.

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'Mad Men': Don Draper is always attractive, and Harry... well -- PHOTOS

Is Mad Men becoming That 70s Show?

It certainly seems that way based on some photos snapped this week from the set of the sixth season of the drama, which will premiere April 7 on AMC. We already know that Don and Megan will apparently be visiting Hawaii. Now it also appears Roger, Don and Harry will be in a car together, all at the same time, at some point this season. What could it all mean?

This is what happens when you don’t announce anything about the show, Matthew Weiner. We’re forced to speculate on the smallest details. Will Sterling Cooper Draper (Pryce?) land an ascot account this season? Will Don and Roger ever change their look? (Nope!) Are you wondering how much longer you can possibly wait without seeing a trailer that isn’t just pictures and the word “affair”?

Check out another photo below that shows viewers Harry is fully embracing the new era: READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' revealed? I now think I know how the entire series is going to end

Trying to predict what happens on Mad Men is a fool’s game. That’s because the show’s creator/head writer/executive producer/genius, Matthew Weiner (I didn’t think I could ever worship a small-screen auteur the way I used to worship Scorsese when I was in college — but Weiner wins that level of awe in me), learned a lesson well from his former capo David Chase, and that is to keep the lid of omertà clamped tight over everything that happens. When you’ve got a genuinely great television series, leak and reveal…nothing. Maintain the sacredness of silence. READ FULL STORY

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