The big, shocking news on Mad Men this week was (spoiler alert) that Lane Pryce kills himself after Don dismisses him from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce — and since this isn’t American Horror Story, that means a farewell to the actor who plays him, Jared Harris. So, Harris has been making the rounds, doing exit interviews with various news outlets. But it’s The Daily’s Michelle Ruiz who got what might be the biggest scoop, about another major character’s departure. In answering a casual question about whether his cast mates threw him a big goodbye party (they didn’t; he’s fine with that), he said, “Elisabeth [Moss] left the episode before and she’d been there since the beginning. Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey) left in season three [though reappeared for one episode this season]… Bryan Batt. People leave and it’s just part of it. They didn’t make a giant fuss.” But when Ruiz pressed him to confirm that Moss was off the show for good, Harris backpedaled: “Um… I have no idea what Matthew Weiner intends to do and even then I couldn’t tell you.”
Huh. It certainly looks like Harris let the cat out of the bag, quickly realized his mistake, and then tried to cover it. Peggy fans shouldn’t despair just yet, though — it’s entirely possible that he only meant she won’t return this season, or that he spoke based on an assumption, as it seems likely that the ever-secretive Weiner hasn’t let any of the actors in on his plans for Season 6 yet. What we’re trying to say here is, this can’t actually be the end of Peggy. Right? Right?!