The Agony of Saying Farewell to 'Mad Men'

If there's anything Matthew Weiner learned from his apprentice years on The Sopranos , it's this: Keep the Russians in the woods. One of the countless ways The Sopranos changed the world was how David Chase left plot threads dangling everywhere, refusing to play by the rules and wrap things up. So we never did find out what happened to the Russian hit man hiding out in the woods after he ate Paulie Walnuts' shoe for dinner. And as Mad Men heads into the final stretch — one last seven-chapter- miniseason — Don Draper's head is like the Pine Barrens, full of dangerous types we can't be sure we won't see again.