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This Is What You Need To Know About That Final Scene Of "Mad Men"

"I'd like to buy the world a Coke..." WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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WARNING: DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE SERIES FINALE OF MAD MEN.

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was not in great shape in the series finale of Mad Men. And after going on a bender...

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And sleeping with yet another pretty young thing...

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He decides to pay a visit to Stephanie Horton (Caity Lotz), the niece of Anna Draper (Melinda Page Hamilton).

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Who convinces Don to go to (though it's never said, but is heavily implied) Esalen, an alternative retreat in Big Sur, California.

Don is not amused.
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Don is not amused.

When Stephanie leaves after an uncomfortable interaction with another community member about the son she gave away, Don is alone and even more lost...

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...So he decides to call Peggy.

And though she's angry, she soon realizes what a bad place Don's in.

She tries to convince him to come back to McCann to work on the Coke campaign.

But he's not interested.

And with that, he hangs up.

But later, when a man at Esalen talks about how he's never really seen during a seminar Don's attending, he has a breakthrough.

He looks out into the distance...

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And finds peace.

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And an idea!

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Then, the screen fades to the iconic 1971 Coke commercial.

And if you pay close attention, you'll notice the woman with the braids looks familiar.

Like the one who told Don at Esalen that he could go when he pleases.

So "ding", Don gets an idea and goes back to make the Coke Ad? #MadMadFinale

Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant appreciated that fans noticed.

.@MyLifeInPlastic Not a #coincidence thank you for noticing 💋 https://t.co/RSSfCBpPq6

And doesn't that scenery look familiar too?

Even though the Coke commercial was shot in Italy.

Though many were confused about the final scene, some pointed out that Don's lightbulb moment indicates he uses his experiences at Esalen to go back to New York, pitch McCann his brilliant idea, and reclaim his place in the world.

Bwah ha ha ha ha ha. So Don obviously goes back to McCann, because Coke's "I'd Like To Be a Hippie Death Cult on a Hill" bowed in 1971.

Kind of surprised so many missed Don's ending. He went back to McCann & did the Coke ad based on his experience. He's a lifer. #MadMen

I'm going to assume that Don went back to McCann and made that Coke commercial. Anyone else? #MadMen #MadManFinale

Don finds inner peace, comes back to NY to finally make something of himself...with the Coke ad. I think... #MadMenFinale

Vox Media's Eileen Sutton and Todd VanDerWerff actually predicted the Coke connection after last week's episode.

"In talking with Eileen Sutton, a colleague from our Vox Media sister publication Racked who first pointed this out to me, I've come to realize that Mad Men is coming up on a very famous anniversary in advertising," VanDerWerff wrote on May 12. "It explains the season's obsession with Coca-Cola (which turns up even in this episode, in the form of the broken Coke machine). It explains the season's obsession with connection. And it explains the long, long wait we've had for a vintage Don Draper pitch. (By my count, we haven't gotten one since the sixth-season finale, which was the Hershey's pitch that lost Don his job.)"
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"In talking with Eileen Sutton, a colleague from our Vox Media sister publication Racked who first pointed this out to me, I've come to realize that Mad Men is coming up on a very famous anniversary in advertising," VanDerWerff wrote on May 12. "It explains the season's obsession with Coca-Cola (which turns up even in this episode, in the form of the broken Coke machine). It explains the season's obsession with connection. And it explains the long, long wait we've had for a vintage Don Draper pitch. (By my count, we haven't gotten one since the sixth-season finale, which was the Hershey's pitch that lost Don his job.)"

And the iconic 1971 Coke ad really did come from McCann.

View this video on YouTube

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When Bill Backer, McCann's creative director on the Coke account, was flying to London to write radio commercials with two successful British songwriters, heavy fog forced the plan to land in Ireland. Though passengers were at first unhappy, they bonded over the shared travel experienced over bottles of Coke in the airport café, inspiring Backer.

And really, we all should've known Don would like to buy the world a Coke with a splash or five of vodka.

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