“Mad Men”: Finale fever and a Q&A with Matthew Weiner

Weinerhamm After a season of twists, turns, trysts and trips (Roma anyone?), we’re in the home stretch for what should be a momentous third-season finale for “Mad Men” on Sunday night.

Yes, I know that Weiner is of the David Chase/”Sopranos” school where the big, big stuff usually happens in the penultimate episode. And certainly, the JFK assassination in last week’s episode, “The Grown Ups,” set a number of interesting things in motion. But it’s folly to predict this show (remember, Roger Sterling actually turned down an opportunity for cheap-and-easy drunken sex just a few episodes ago) — so why bother.

Watch this space on Sunday night for a Q&A with the maestro himself, Matthew Weiner. We had a nice long chat on Thursday morning about the big themes and the grand design of this season, though he said not a peep about the finale. I’ve been spoiled with advance screeners for episodes this season (usually landing on my desk on the Fridays) but not for the season finale. I’ll watch it like a civilian and do my best to make sense of it before the bars close (L.A. time).

The Q&A will pop up right after the finale ends, or a little after 11 p.m. (L.A. time). Matt, as always, covers a wide range of territory — he offers some particularly interesting insights into the foot fiasco from “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency.”

Can you guess who he’s talking about with this observation: “His use of silence is such an advanced concept of acting.”

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