Mad Men’s finale teetered between darkness and optimism.
While its core characters found unexpected happiness, they also were weighed down by the destiny of their identities.
At the center, of course, was Don Draper/Dick Whitman, shifting between those two identities in the episode, on the verge of a nervous breakdown but finding some kind of a nirvana meditating on a California hilltop before dreaming up — or so the show implied — one of the most famous advertisements of all time.
While the episode was packed with surprises, we’ve only picked eight of our favorites. For a full recap, go here. Warning: Spoilers ahead.