Will Megan Draper End Up Like Sharon Tate? And 4 More Wild 'Mad Men' Theories
"Mad Men" viewers know all too well: Nothing on that show happens by accident.
Creator Matthew Weiner is incredibly meticulous about what appears on screen, leaving fans to dissect every last shred of dialogue and every tiny costume detail, hoping to unearth clues as to what's coming next. And they have good reason to do so: Lane Pryce's tragic suicide last season, for example, was heavily foreshadowed in the episodes leading up to his death… if you knew what to look for.
Since a new (and crazy) theory about Don's young wife Megan has been circulating all over the web today, we're taking a closer look at the five biggest "Mad Men" theories still in play out there, and estimating the chances that they'll actually come true.
(1) Megan Draper will be murdered like Sharon Tate.
We thought there was something odd about Megan lounging on the balcony in this white T-shirt with a red star on it at the end of this week's episode. (Macy's product placement, maybe?) But it turns out that actress and Manson Family murder victim Sharon Tate was once photographed wearing the exact same shirt. And "Mad Men's" costume designer Janie Bryant confirmed the connection on Twitter:
Tate was murdered by members of the notorious Charles Manson family in August 1969, about a year after where we are now on "Mad Men." Like Megan, Tate was a young, beautiful, up-and-coming actress, and she was married to film director Roman Polanski, who helmed "Rosemary's Baby"… yes, the same book Don's daughter Sally was seen reading last week. (Cue the creepy "Twilight Zone" music.)
Now we're not sure Megan will be brutally murdered by a drugged-out hippie cult like Tate was. But the escalating threat of crime and violence has definitely hung over this entire season. The Drapers' condo got ransacked by an intruder last week. Peggy accidentally stabbed her boyfriend Abe, after he was already assaulted in their crime-ridden neighborhood. And we could barely hear Don and Megan's conversations this week over the police sirens blaring outside — the soundtrack to the summer of 1968.
Will Weiner put an exclamation mark on this season of barely-contained chaos by killing off Don's wife? Or is a different crime of passion on the horizon? Keep in mind: Don's affair with downstairs neighbor Sylvia is still a secret, and Sylvia said if her husband Dr. Rosen ever found out, he would "murder us both." We can't help thinking that something terrible is going to happen to someone in Don's world by season's end.
Chances It's True: 20% Megan getting murdered; 70% someone getting murdered.
(2) Bob Benson is a spy/journalist/serial killer/Don's illegitimate son.
Who the hell is Bob Benson? (Or "Bob Bunsen," as Roger calls him?) We've been asking that all season long, ever since "Lone Star's" James Wolk debuted as the firm's always-chipper account man. We don't know what Bob does at the office, or where he came from. All we know is he's brown-nosing his way to the top, smooth-talking his way into Joan and Pete's good graces… and maybe even Joan's bed.