June 13th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
Television fans often have a difficult time letting go of some of their favorite shows, especially when a program is as beloved as “Mad Men.”
But Jon Hamm is giving viewers an advanced warning: The saga of Don Draper and his ‘60s era cohorts is going to have to end at some point, he tells the BBC News in an interview.
Matthew Weiner has said that he sees "Mad Men" ending after three more seasons - the exec producer told TV Guide, "I think that's how long the story is...I'm not 'The Simpsons'" - and Hamm agrees.
“It should end. Everything should end,” he says. “I was a big fan of ‘The Office’ over here because it ended.”
But "Mad Men" isn’t leaving just yet – there’s still season 5 to contend with, as well as the season opener that Hamm himself is directing…although he admits he doesn’t know what that episode will be about yet.
They’re supposed to begin production in July or August, but Hamm still hasn’t seen the scripts. “I don’t think they exist yet,” he tells the BBC. “The way [Weiner] writes the show is very organically. He starts when he starts and eventually there are scripts but I certainly haven't seen them."
The fifth season was at the center of tough negotiations, but Hamm says that's just part of the game when a show becomes as valued as "Mad Men" has, and it's a success story that's he thankful for.
"I'm a million in Hollywood years...I'm 40, which is ridiculously old in Hollywood. I mean, come on, I'm not in 'Twilight.' I could play their grandfather or something," he says. "It's crazy that this has happened. I'm a very, very lucky human being."
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