Matthew Weiner Explains Betty Draper, Mad Men's "Melancholy Dame"

Betty has a big season ahead of her.

It’s precisely this sense of being unfulfilled, caught in between, left behind by a changing world, that Betty must now face. When success for women solely meant being thin, young, beautiful and married, the world made sense to Betty. Now it doesn’t. “She has a sense of these rules,” Weiner explains, “and people are always breaking these imaginary rules, but she’s living by them.”

As for this year: “She has a big season,” Weiner declares, smiling. “That’s all I can say.”


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