Mad Men is back on Sunday. The sixth season of the AMC TV show about the world of advertising in 1960s New York finds many of it characters at a crossroads, struggling with death and identity.
Thanks to the strict anti-spoiler policies of series creator Matthew Weiner, reviewers can’t say much more than that. On the list of things Weiner banned reviewers from talking about: the status of Don and Megan's marriage, what year the season is depicting and whether the agency has expanded to another floor.
Slate contributor Seth Stevenson said that last one is an example of “Weiner-ian overkill.” Although Weiner tries to maintain tight control over what information is revealed before the series premier, Stevenson said the series has never been about specific plot points.
“Most of the drama happens from the way characters interact with each other, the way societal norms or brushed up against, by characters moving up the corporate ladder and dealing with racism and sexism and such,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson will be recapping the new season at Slate and spoke Thursday with WNYC’s Amy Eddings.