Mad Men Mind Games: 7 Premiere Moments That Prove the AMC Drama Is Messing With Us

There’s an old saying that when you’re holding a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

In the same vein, when you’re a Mad Men viewer who’s been primed to plumb every word, image and inflection for clues about what’s to come, each scene provides plenty of fodder for speculation and predictions.

The phenomenon reached a frenzied point last spring, when several entertainment sites — including TVLine — pointed out the parallels between the fictional Megan Draper and the real-life Sharon Tate, whose grisly murder took place in 1969.

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Those alleged “clues” to Megan’s death turned out to be… not quite on-point, at least not by the time the Season 6 finale credits rolled. After all, Mrs. Drapers lives on. And series creator Matthew Weiner himself said last summer that while he was grateful for the audience’s passion, any coincidences were just that: coincidences.

“The fact that [Tate] died the way she did — I didn’t even think about it,” Weiner told TVLine at the time.

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Fast-forward to this week’s season premiere, however, and it seems like perhaps the Mad Men Powers That Be are looking to mess with its fans a little this season. And because TVLine likes nothing better than ramping up your TV obsessions to insane heights, we’ve captured several moments from “Time Zones” that might mean something… or nothing at all.

Click through the gallery below for our (somewhat) insightful soothsaying, then hit the comments with your own thoughts — the more obscure, the better! — on what Season 7’s tea leaves reveal.


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  1. casey says:

    I definitely think they’re just messing with us at this point.

  2. Kelly says:

    What’s with all the grainy pictures other than the Pete one? It’s like someone was taking pictures of a TV.

  3. Kathleen W says:

    The blue theme with Don’s powerlessness was so awesome. Opened with “I’m the man” and Don’s slow escalator ride past blue tiles to meet his red hot wife literally dressed like an ice cube (as well as her frosty reception). Megan driving the car–making Don impotent in a sports car (Ha!). Blue was always his “power” color and now all that has turned on its head. Love Mad Style with Tom and Lorenzo. Has really opened my eyes to these subtle clues.

    • Titi says:

      The song was “I’m a Man,” by the Spencer Davis Group. Chicago Transit Authority also has a great version of this song (even better, I think).

  4. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I would have to agree Weiner is messing with us on anything related to Megan. Good premiere. Typical Mad Men premiere where we’re just checking in on everyone, but good nonetheless.

  5. irvoneil says:

    I love the grainy screenshots–they capture the edgy emotional states of the characters! But I also like that nice clear shot of the cute blonde real estate agent, too! Thoughtful article, too.

  6. JZ says:

    If the story suffers because they have to put in these extra clues, than its bad. If it does not, than its fun. After all this is not classic literature or art. The Vanilla Fudge song was awesome. They were huge in the 60’s and many people aren’t even aware of them now. Very slick use of period music.

  7. When people start demanding clues and searching for them it becomes trite. Lets just let it unfold, okay?