That certainly was a great episode.
Pete is definitely going to California. He too has essentially lost everything. But, as Trudi tells him, it's sort of a freeing thing for him. He can definitely start over in California and perhaps the more laid back lifestyle will enable him to loosen up and quit chasing the wrong things.
Don has a different starting over to address. He has decided to focus on his children. He has realized that his childhood sentence will not be theirs. The look he shares with Sally in front of the old whorehouse is heartbreaking. "I'm going to come clean with you," he's saying, and she shares a look of understanding, regret, appreciation, and respect. Perhaps she won't continue down the road to ruin. Next season will tell us.
I have NO idea what's going to happen with Don. Apparently, neither does Weiner. In interviews, he simply talks about how he likes to blow it up at the end of the season and challenge himself. I honestly don't know how the show works if Don is not at SC&P. Could the final season be split? Pete and Ted in California, SC&P, and Don on his own? I think it becomes too fragmented at that point. We'll have to see.
Some people think Don will follow Megan to California, but I don't. He doesn't love her anymore and he wants to be near his kids. He won't go there without them. I honestly think Megan is done. I see nothing left to do with her character and she was sort of wasted this year as well. Too bad - she showed a lot of promise last season.
Honestly, I think you could drop Pete and Ted too. They've served their purpose. But, I doubt the show will do that.
Bob Benson? I know the actor is on another show now...so we'll only see limited bits from him at most.
I thought Joan got shortchanged this year. Weiner says she DID get Avon and thought that was well communicated. Not. I'm also curious why she would vote against Don...even with his problems...before talking to him.
And, what does Peggy do now? She was enjoying the corner office at the end but she will never get that. It's still 1968 and she's still a woman.
Overall, the season felt poor to me until this episode...but, this episode was SO good it lifts the season as a whole. It really showed us why a lot of things happened the way they did.
One more season to go!