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‘Mad Men’ Series Finale Recap: “Person to Person”

“Is he dead?” Meredith asks Roger, who’s very gently trying to let her go, early in Mad Men‘s series finale. Then: “I hope he’s in a better place.” Roger quickly becomes exasperated. “Stop saying that,” he tells her. “He’s not dead.” On one level, this is clearly Matthew Weiner poking fun at everyone who thought Don was fated to go out the office window or march into the sea or jump out of a damn airplane in the show’s final scenes. But it’s one of Mad Men‘s charms — and quirks, as well as perhaps a bit of a cliché — that its truest words are often spoken by children and fools. “There’s a lot better places than here,” Meredith replies. And wouldn’t you know it: Don Draper ends up in one of… Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 6 Recap: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

The audience doesn’t really see the event that ends “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken,” just two close-ups: the first on a terrified Sansa, the second on a man who identified himself as Theon Greyjoy just hours before. The second closeup lasts far longer, the emotion on its subject’s face rawer. That’s because, to make an already disgusting situation even more so, what happens to Sansa isn’t even about Sansa; it’s about teaching “Theon” he’s still Reek. It’s also about Game of Thrones destroying the narrative the show has constructed around her—deliberately, of course, but perhaps not wisely. … Read More

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Classic Character Cocktails for the Seventh and Final Season of ‘Mad Men’

We’ll all be weeping into our glasses tonight after the seventh and final season of Mad Men graces the small screen. Matthew Weiner and company have kept us guessing about the fate of our favorite characters, but its been firmly established that Mad Men’s players love a classic cocktail. We’ve curated a selection of fine libations for your drinking pleasure, matching some classic bevvies with the Mad Men and Women we love. Cheers to a fantastic seven seasons of television! … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Louis C.K.

Amid new claims of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. took to the SNL stage to close out the show’s 40th season. As expected, there was no acknowledgement of the alleged incident (incidents, really, since these rumors have been popping up since 2012), with C.K. getting some uncomfortable laughs during his provocative monologue about child molesters. The 40th season’s final chapter has been, shocker, somewhat disappointing. Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson tackled cruddy material, while Taraji P. Henson and Dwayne Johnson fared better. But SNL has bounced back from worse, and the show’s growing pains are starting to temper. Say goodbye to 40 with C.K. and musical guest Rihanna, who was perhaps the best part of last night’s episode with a striking multimedia performance. … Read More

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‘Outlander’ Episode 15 Recap: “Wentworth Prison”

Take a deep breath, Outlander fans. The anguished, drawn-out penultimate episode of the season is here, and those of us who have read the book all know that the Worst Thing is about to happen either in this episode or sometime soon.

Turns out of course that we’re not spared any agony throughout “Wentworth Prison,” and neither are… Read More

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The Best Quotes from Mad Men’s Seventh and Final Season

Tomorrow night marks the end of an era when Mad Men concludes its seventh and final season. From the characters and music, to the style and social themes, there is much to praise when it comes to Matthew Weiner’s period drama. But words and writing have played a key role in Mad Men’s allure, even when it comes to the books that Don lingers over, inspiring essays for weeks following each appearance. Here are some of the seventh season’s best quotes, proving how each line becomes a key that unlocks the show’s themes and character narratives. In the spirit of togetherness as we approach Mad Men‘s finale, continue adding to our list, below. … Read More

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Watch a Riveting ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ Talk About Racism and Baltimore with Killer Mike and John Waters

One can argue that Killer Mike has a political career, evidenced in his music and lyrics. But if the… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Bye Bye, Betty

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Jane the Virgin ends its first season with a fittingly soapy twist, Mad Men celebrates the world’s most depressing Mother’s Day, and Scandal reunites its central couple. … Read More

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The Worst Thing the ‘Mad Men’ Finale Could Do Is Shock Us

For as long as Mad Men has been the topic of obsessive culture-wide scrutiny — which is to say, since its second season at the very latest — viewers and critics have been speculating on how it will end. Will Don Draper go out the window, reenacting the show’s Saul Bass-like title sequence? Will he die some other way? Does he, as the Internet’s enthusiastic conspiracy hobbyists suggest, have late-stage syphilis or (sigh) turn out to be DB Cooper? I love Mad Men enough to pick it apart each week, but I have to confess that I’m not too worried about any of these outcomes. Of course, I’m curious about how Matthew Weiner will leave Don and Joan and Roger and particularly Peggy (Pete’s and poor Betty’s stories seem to have wrapped up in the penultimate episode). But I can’t see anything happening that will change the meaning of the show that much. … Read More

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