Mad Men: final episodes are given US air date

"There's no version of this ending that's not super painful for me," says the show's star Jon Hamm

It’s been a long wait for Mad Men fans, but now they finally know when they’ll see the end of Sterling Cooper & Partners – this coming April on US TV.

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The final seven episodes of the split seventh season will debut on American network AMC on 5th April, it was announced at a Television Critics’ Association event in California, after the first half of the series finished airing in May of last year.

Here in the UK, we’re yet to get a firm date, although the remaining instalments are expected to be broadcast on Sky Atlantic shortly afterwards.

Speaking during an AMC panel session, creator Matthew Weiner said: “What an incredible journey this has been.

“I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”

Beginning in 2007, Mad Men follows advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his colleagues through 1960s America, with storylines focusing on Draper’s mysterious past and historical concerns of the period.

“I’m looking forward to being unemployed,” Hamm joked yesterday, according to zap2it. “So happy not to see any of these people ever again. All of that is really great. Hashtag sarcasm.”

More seriously, he added: “There’s no version of this ending that’s not super painful for me.

“Yeah, I will be happy when the shows air and I don’t have to fake that I don’t know how it ends or make up some ridiculous story about robots or zombies. But I will never be able to have this again, and that’s a drag.”

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Still, if necessary he said he had a perfect and original idea for a spin-off series – “Better Call Pete!”  Now where have we heard that before