Turns out there is something after all that makes Don Draper snap out of the perennial haze he lives his life in. No its not his wife or family or any one of his numerous dalliances all whom have abandoned him at this point. It's the possibility that Sterling Cooper will not be the same place as it will be. So the brooding ad man circles his troops, makes a few convincing speeches to people he's earlier never bothered with and crosses over to the dark side, embracing the beginnings of a change which is already coming over society, ushering in the 60s that was the real deal.
The season finale of Mad Men delivers all that it had promised through out the season in its usual quiet storm style. But it breaks away from its usual fornat where each scene seems more like a character study. The episode is rife with action with some major changes happening. Don and Betty's relationship seems to have ended. Sterling Cooper itself has ceased to exist. Like a phoenix, it destroys itself only to rise again from the ashes. Thought it is not marked with a movie like jubilance at beating the system, only a measured and partial optimism. So what does this mean for next season- No Paul, No Ken, No Sal? The big three have made their decision and chosen their band of renegades. Will these men and women be able to fight the beginning of a conglomerate culture that we know in hindsight, history already lost. It remains to be seen.