For those of you who had been anxious about the future of Mad Men, you had every right to be.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner reveals that he quit during season five negotiations.
“Yes I quit,” he confirms. “During the negotiation. I had come to terms with the fact that it was over.”
“In the most protective and demanding way,” he continues. “I did not feel that it was worth going back to work to make a show that was not the show I was making. I had this argument with my wife, where I said: ‘You don’t understand – it’s not just a matter of changing the show. I don’t want to go to work and do it different. I just figured out how it works.”
But luckily for us, “in the end, everything turned out.”
Well I should say so. If you remember, last year around this time, negotiations around Mad Men broke down because Matthew Weiner was unwilling to surrendor on numerous creative and budget issues. He wasn’t willing to cut cast Mad Men members (like the network wanted him to) and cut the show’s running time down, either.
Thankfully, on March 25, Mad Men will return and is signed up for three more seasons. But think of the drama: what we didn’t know really didn’t hurt us.