After a burgeoning sixth season of Mad Men, it all came to a close tonight with the episode, “In Care Of.” What was your initial reaction? Share your thoughts here!

The opinions of Mad Men season 6 are as varied as Peggy’s hairstyles. “In Care Of” wrapped up the penultimate season (according to creator Matthew Weiner, season 7 will be the last) and, as every season before it, is meant to stand alone as an ending to the entire show, if need be. What did you think? Did it feel incomplete, or like it could have ended Mad Men on a solid note?

In summary, this season saw a monumental amount of tension build, harvested a few stand-offs between characters, and witnessed some bridges burned for good. Roger’s mother passed away, while his rights to his grandson were also pulled out from under him by his daughter. However, he was almost vindicated this episode, when he was let into Joan’s home for Thanksgiving, but not for her sake, she clarifies, for their son’s.

One of the main discussions of this episode centered around the firm’s decision to expand into a new LA branch. To become bicoastal and embark on this new journey had Ted, Don, Megan, just about everyone vying for the chance to start over and escape their New York City lives.

Pete, who we’ve seen inconvenienced by his mother’s rapidly deteriorating mental state, was ‘freed’ of the burden of having to take care of her when it’s learn she has been lost at sea, conveniently after marrying Molano. Also cut off from his wife, Trudy, and daughter, Tammy, he has a sincere scene with his estranged wife, bidding farewell before he goes to LA. Bob Benson, a power player in this season, is unsurprisingly berated by Pete prior to a work trip to Detroit, but ultimately appears relatively unscathed by the end of the episode – he didn’t run over a GM display – that was Pete’s doing when he put the car in reverse instead of drive – and he celebrated Thanksgiving with Joan. Roger was also invited to the dinner, unbeknownst to him Bob would be joining them.

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Benson gained the trust of the SC&P (the freshly-merged ad agency of SDCP and CGC) and even heads up part of the crucial Chevy account. Benson’s in good with Joan and tries to gain the admiration of Pete, but ends up rubbing Pete the wrong way (literally, kind of), and the two find themselves in a cold war.

A number of social upheavals occurred over the season, which takes place in 1968. The characters felt the tremors of the Vietnam war and the consequential riots. They also faced the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. There’s also the unsubtle shift in the fashion trends, heading into the 70s – the last time we see Peggy she’s rocking a print pant and matching top.

Peggy and Abe had a rocky season 6, only made worse by the brownstone they purchased in a rough part of the city. When Peggy accidentally spears Abe, mistaking him for a criminal, the two officially call it quits. Peggy fell quietly in love with Ted Chaough, who seems to reciprocate. They do sleep together this episode, after Ted promising he will leave his wife and start anew. However, he decides to do the moral thing and put a contient between them before he can act on this promise.

mad men finale smallDon and Megan’s relationship is tumbling downward, only worsened by Don’s tumultuous affair with Sylvia Rosen, the woman married to a doctor that lives in the apartment building. It doesn’t help that he also decides to rekindle his love with Betty for one night, and that she walks away with her head held high – much higher than Don’s. When she informs Don of Sally’s suspension Miss. Porters, she seems vulnerable and has regressed to the old days when they were a young couple in love.

Despite her at-times cold exterior, we see that she does in fact feel bad that she can’t give her daughter a perfect life.

Megan and Don seem to be failing on all accounts, given that Megan left Sally and Bobby alone and had their apartment robbed by an impostering “grandmother.” Megan is trying to build her career as an actress, but struggles to work her way up, even after landing two different characters on her soap opera. When the opportunity to relocate to Hollywood arises, she jumps at the chance. It’s unsurprising that she’s furious with Don when he says they will not be going after all – her character was already written out of the show, she had had meetings set up on the West Coast. She storms out of the apartment, and while Don proclaims his love for her, she neither reciprocates, nor indicates they will be together much longer. Would Matthew Weiner give Don yet another divorce in the last season? Maybe.

mad men finale small sally 2In a pivotal moment, Sally catches her father in a very compromising situation with Sylvia. Her response, of course, is to get as far away as possible, which naturally means boarding school. Betty is quite proud of Sally for choosing a future, but is Sally getting herself into a world of trouble?

The answer is yes. Sally is suspended not long after starting school, for being drunk and buying beer for her classmates. When she talks to Don, her sass is at an all-time high, while it’s not completely warranted, Sally always has been sarcastic and known to err on the side of rebellion.

Peggy Olson might be one of the most fascinating female characters to watch in recent years. There are timelines out there than can depict her rise from secretary to chief copywriter more eloquently than we could explain here, but that shot of her in Don’s office, sitting in his chair, wearing pants (this is a big deal), she has achieved something few probably thought possible at the time. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but by the show’s end, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Peggy running the show as SC&P, or even opening her own firm.

Don might have been more honest in this episode with his co-workers and family than he ever has been before. From his Hershey’s pitch, finally divulging the details of his less-than-picturesque childhood, leaving the Hersey’s execs and his fellow partner’s mouth’s agape, to showing his children the home he grew up in, now decrepit and decaying.

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All season long we’ve seen Don spiraling, and he has finally, maybe hit rock bottom when it is suggested by the partners that he take an indefinite leave of absence. This point is emphasized when asked, ‘going down?’ Yes, yes he is.

The question is, with Mad Men heading into its final season, how many of these changes will really stick? Will those heading to LA stay there for long? This was certainly an eventful episode, full of subtext, actions and consequences.

Tell us what you thought of the ‘Mad Men’ season 6 finale ‘In Care Of’

After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”