There is cause to celebrate in spite of Mad Men’s production delays: Jon Hamm just signed a deal that commits him to three more years as the brooding Don Draper, to a handsome pay raise (allegedly $250,000 per episode). Which means Don Draper and his Cary Grant-esque visage will be there to grace the small screen until the final season.
With three seasons to go, questions linger among Mad Men-ites. Will Don Draper be outed as Dick Whitman? Will it matter? With loss of the Lucky Strikes account, what does the future hold for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce?
And with the real-life pregnancy of actress January Jones, exactly what solutions will Matthew Weiner, the brain behind Mad Men, find for her character, Betty? It seems unlikely to write in another pregnancy, but as the wonderful world of Mad Men has shown, it is full of secrets and surprises.
Hamm is also slated to direct the first episode of season 5, which begins next March.