As excited fans learned yesterday, Mad Men is returning on April 7, and even though the hype fatigue is already beginning, the hype is most certainly on. AMC has now released staged, non-episodic press shots ahead of the new season, featuring our beloved misanthropes at a gathering of sorts — a gathering that might (emphasis on the "might) just offer some clues about where (and when) we're at in Season 6. Here are the glamorous new images:
So what can we infer from these photos? Though we don't know when exactly this season is taking place, stylistically these photos show a move into late 1960s-early 1970s fashion. No, none of our characters are wearing bell bottoms — yet — but Pete Campbell is sporting minor sideburns (as BuzzFeed points out), and we'd label Betty and Megan's dresses as "groovy." And remember: 1967, when last season ended, is the year the seminal comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuted. And 1968 gave us Barbarella. We also saw some of this shift in style and attitute last season — need we remind you of Roger's LSD trip? — but compare the image above to one of last year's buttoned-up press shots:
As far as plot speculation: We ended last season as Megan was happy with her job shooting a commercial and as Don (possibly) entertained the idea of entering into an affair — or maybe even entered one. Creator Matthew Weiner said in an interview with the Daily Beast: "I would love for people to just watch the last 10 minutes of Season 5 right before Season 6 starts." The top image seems to put Don in the same kind of place. He has a happy wife, leaning over him as he looks out into the distance, but he seems detached and unhappy.