“What Sally Sees”

I close out Dear Television’s coverage of Mad Men, Season Six at The New Republic with a close look at the season’s closing scene. All my pet theories—Don’s de-centering as protagonist, the ascendance of Sally and Peggy as the show’s primary points-of-view—come home to roost.

“As the song plays out and the last frame of the season shows Don and Sally looking ahead together, with Don’s face in focus and Sally’s blurred in the foreground, we mirror the camera’s priorities by wondering what Don is thinking, what kind of revelatory vision he’s had. But we know that’s not the point and now so does Don. It’s what Sally sees that matters.”

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