The great show Mad Men returns for its penultimate season Sunday evening. As the terrific critic Andy Greenwald emphasizes, “It’s not plot that makes Mad Men the best series on television; it’s depth.” Here’s another snippet:
The show is still, more than ever, about just who Don Draper really is. But it turns out the soap-operatic secret our dapper hero had been hiding was nothing but a Band-Aid pasted over a far deeper wound. Identity and purpose are much more elusive than a set of dog tags or a bespoke suit. They can’t be bought with a big salary nor conquered with charm. And, despite Don’s desperate searching, they’re equally unlikely to be discovered lurking at the bottom of an old-fashioned or in the bedroom of an alluring stranger.
You can get ready by watching the following from last season’s first episode.