The new season of Mad Men kicks off this Sunday (read our review of the premiere here). As usual, the plot of the new season remains shrouded in mystery; the only photos that have surfaced so far show Don and Megan Draper lounging on a beach in Hawaii, which could mean that Mad Men is transforming into Mad Men: Hawaii, and the new season will be all about the Drapers’ wacky attempt to run a hotel in Maui. More likely, though, Mad Men‘s sixth season will once again track the employees of Sterling Cooper Draper
Pryce as they live through the ever-evolving culture of the 1960s.
Producer Matthew Weiner has, as per usual, kept the timeline of the new season a mystery. However, we know that the the fifth season finale ended in mid-1967. We also know that the show typically takes a leap forward in time between seasons — anywhere from six months (between seasons 2 and 3) to a year (between seasons 1/2 and seasons 3/4). Following the transitive property of serialized dramas, it seems likely the new season will deal to some degree with the events of 1968, historically viewed as a breakneck and traumatizing year for America. Let’s take a look at some of the key events from that time and how might might play into the new season, should our chronological calculations prove correct. READ FULL STORY »