Slattery spoke to NYMag about his bare final scene, saying, “Roger standing there with no clothes on, arms wide open, staring out at the world is saying, 'I’m ready, I’m vulnerable, I’m waiting for the next experience, come what may.' It’s a pretty great place to be. It’s probably scary, which is why he asks Julia [Ormond]’s character to go with him. He says, 'I need to do this again, and I don’t want to do it by myself, because I don’t know what’s out there.' But when she says no, he strips down and does it by himself. It’s adventurous and courageous in a way; for someone that age, being brought up the way he was, at this place in his life to say, 'I need something new and I don’t know what it’ll be.' Who knows what will happen? I could jump in front of a bus and kill myself, I don’t know. I think it’s pretty astonishing, and I can’t wait to see where he goes.”
Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), like so many characters this season, had a big year as well. She had Roger's baby, finally kicked her army surgeon husband Greg to the curb and accepted a controversial indecent proposal from a sleazy Jaguar client to become a partner at SCDP. Fans were split over the decision, with some feeling the incident was far fetched (Weiner insists it wasn’t) while others thought it was out of character for Joan. Hendricks was conflicted on the issue, asking, "The question is, what would you do to protect your family? Joan is raising her son all on her own. She has no help from anybody. So is it noble? Is it slutty? I don't know." Regardless of the answer, Joan finally finds herself with a seat at the table (one that had been, intentionally or otherwise, denied her for quite some time). Though she now feels the burden of being the pragmatic one in poor Lane’s absence, she’s picked a good time to go all in with the company doing better than ever.
So what does this mean for Moss who has essentially been the second lead on the show since it began? If this were any other series on the air right now, we have no doubt the writers would figure out a way after 6 or 8 episodes to work Peggy back into the SCDP offices next season, but “Mad Men” has never been that show. Recall when Joan left the company prematurely and was forced to get a job at a department store -- the audience never saw Joan until Pete bumped into her there. We have a hard time imagining the show keeping up with two advertising firms but Weiner does reassure fans we haven’t seen the last of Peggy. Weiner told the NYTimes, “She’s still part of the show. So far. We want to know where she is in this world. I can’t tell you what’s planned for her, but there she was.”