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Well-intended but misguided criticism of the show. Don Draper has already failed; at the end of season 5 he was asked if he was alone, and this season has confirmed it. He’s a bad husband, a lousy father who’s kids either care more about their step-dad or claim to not know him at all, and finally, in the one place he ruled, his office, he’s turning out to be a distant, uncommunicative, selfish boss, completely out of touch with his staff and partners. The complete opposite of Ted Chaugh. Season six is about his unmasking and unmooring both personally and professionally. Even his mistresses are rejecting his act. It’s ugly business, especially if you loved Bad Sexy Don, to find out he’s been a cad the whole time. This insistence that he still has to pay (a crying jag? primal scream therapy? a solo album?) seems more like a call for revenge for making us care about him at all, the same way everybody wanted The Sopranos to end with the whole family dying in a hail of bullets. I wouldn’t hold my breath. Don might not ever learn and end up like Jack Nicholson in Carnal Knowledge or he may join an est seminar. Perhaps you don’t care about him the same way now, but either way, it’s still very compelling drama.