November 16th, 2011
03:09 PM ET
As "Mad Men" prepares for its fifth season to bow in March, fans can rest assured that showrunner Matthew Weiner indeed has a destination in mind.
Grantland reports that he explained at a recent L.A. event that the grand finale - which he expects will arrive in about three more seasons - came to him in the middle of last season, and we at least know that Don Draper will live to see the end.
"I always felt like it would be the whole experience of human life. And human life is a destination," Weiner said. "It doesn't mean Don's gonna die. What I'm looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like....It's 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it's related to you."
OK, so that's a bit vague, but at least Weiner is concentrating on crafting an ending to "Mad Men" that will suit its critical acclaim.
"All I want to do is not wear out the welcome," he went on. "I was 35 when I wrote the 'Mad Men' pilot, 42 when I got to make it, and I'll be 50 when it goes off the air. So that's what you're gonna get. Do I know everything that's going to happen? No, I don't. But I just want it to be entertaining, and I want people to remember it fondly and not think it ended in a fart."
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