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June 05, 2012

"Mad Men" Eliminates One of Their Own (Spoilers!!)

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Jared Harris
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

After this week's "Mad Men," Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce is no more.

With all the excitement of the season finale of "Game of Thrones," it was almost easy to forget that "Mad Men" lost a major character.

After Don (Jon Hamm) discovers he embezzled money from the company and fires him, Lane Pryce (Jared Harris) can't stand the humiliation of being found out and hangs himself in his office.  This after unsuccessfully trying to asphyxiate himself in the brand new Jaguar his wife bought him as a gift.

Poor Lane.  I was disappointed when he stole from the company because of all the men at the firm, I thought he had the deepest streak of decency.  But once he was found out, it was inevitable that his humiliation coupled with his pride wouldn't allow for him to use the weekend to come up with an elegant way to quit as Don suggested.

In fact I was less surprised by Lane committing suicide than I was about Joan (Christina Hendricks) sleeping with that smarmy Jaguar dealer last week.  

The scene where Don cuts him down from the door was disturbing and just this side of egregiously gruesome, but I think it was less about the show being shocking and more about having the audience see Don's reaction to the ugliness for what he set in motion. 

Too bad.  RIP Lane. 


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