The Redemption of Don Draper

My take on the Mad Men series finale at RNS & Sojourners.

In Sunday’s finale of the critically acclaimed AMC series Mad Men, Don Draper calls Peggy Olson collect from a pay phone in California.

“I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. I took another man’s name and made nothing of it.”

It’s a breathless moment of confession, one that confounds (and concerns) Peggy and leaves the rest of us waiting for some sign of personal redemption, however fleeting or thin. We’ve been waiting for the better part of eight years.