I'm really looking forward to this season and I hope that in some way these tragically flawed characters will find happy endings. We know that most of them are too rooted in their pasts to dominate for much longer; we knew that from the beginning. The only question is whether or not they will even try to bend to the winds of change or if they think, as many in their generation did, that by standing tall in the face of the future they can somehow prevent it.
I think sometimes who these people would be by the 1980s... Don would be similar to Bill Holden's character from Network
, Roger would retire early, blow his money investing in est
, Pete would eventually join forces with Chaugh and run a sweatshop-style agency.
Joan would become a charter member of the NYC businesswomens' association while Peggy would turn into a grizzled hag indistinguishable from one of the men. Betty would remain an old society lady while Megan went on to join the jet set, perhaps having had a brief fling with someone from Andy Warhol's Factory crowd.
Sal would go back into the closet and end up like Chris Cooper in American Beauty.