‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Spoilers: Costume Designer Clarifies Megan Draper Sharon Tate Theory
Yesterday the internet and ‘Mad Men‘ fanbase alike exploded over a Reddit theory pointing out the wardrobe and character similarities between ‘Mad Men’ character Megan Draper, and real-life slain model/actress Sharon Tate, seemingly implying a grisly end for Don Draper’s latest wife in the episodes to come. Now, ‘Mad Men’ costume designer Janie Bryant has offered a bit of clarification on the wardrobe choice, but is the fan theory debunked for good?
Whether or not the theory proves to have any truth to it, ‘Mad Men’ costume designer Janie Bryant recently told The Daily Beast that Megan’s red star t-shirt indeed paid homage to Tate, but as a political statement on the character’s behalf rather than a death omen.
There was that moment of [Megan] just being at home—it’s summer time and it’s hot again. We get to see another time in her life. In terms of the t-shirt, Matthew Weiner had just said, ‘It would be great to have something political.’ I had done so much research of different political t-shirts, and found a picture of Sharon Tate from Esquire magazine. It’s the Vietnam star.
We saw a little bit of how Megan was so upset after Bobby Kennedy was shot, it really is so much a part of the turmoil happening during that period—really this is the time filled with civil unrest. [And New York] was really a decaying city.
Granted, Weiner notoriously keeps all ‘Mad Men’ spoilers under wraps, meaning we won’t know anything for sure until the final four episodes play out in the coming weeks. Certainly Abe’s stabbing, Grandma Ida’s home invasion, or the omnipresent police sirens must be building to something though, right?
What say you? Do you think the ‘Mad Men’ crew are trying to throw viewers off the trail? Does Megan Draper have a gruesome end in her future after all? Watch the latest preview below, and give us your theories in the comments!