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Mad Men 'The Phantom' season five finale: Your verdict

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When Digital Spy interviewed Jon Hamm before the start of season five of Mad Men, he posed us the questions: "Do people ever really change? Or do they just move in circles?"

His comments can now be looked back upon as a spoiler for the journey Mad Men took in season five. Fights, LCD-trips, suicides and the arrival of Jaguar at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may have hinted at new beginnings or change for the show's leads.

Mad Men S05E13: The Phantom

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However, by the end of this week's finale episode 'The Phantom', it appeared nothing had changed at all. Pete was a snivelling wretch, who managed to get his own, but appears to have learned nothing from his affairs or disgusting behaviour towards the late Lane Pryce. Roger is still a womanising sleaze. He just happens to be a womanising sleaze on LSD who likes standing around in his birthday suit now.

Meanwhile, Don is back to being the swaggering James Bond-esque sly old dog that he's been trying to move on from all series. Megan's decision to use Don to bag herself a role in a tacky advert and the exit of Lane in last week's episode appear to have shaken Don back to his sordid roots. That final smouldering look to the camera from Hamm. Wow. Cooler than a polar bear with shades on.

As a viewer there was a mixture of comfort and despair at this circling of storylines. Don's return to his strutting,eye-twinkling, bar-boozing ways will have brought a smile to many people's faces. But is his failure to escape and move on from his past not also slightly disheartening?

Mad Men S05E10: 'Christmas Waltz'

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And if Don's return to bed-hopping doesn't depress, then surely Pete's (the sublime Vincent Kartheiser) snagging of a s**g pad in the city away from Trudy and his overall miserable train wreck of a life will have dragged you down.

On a more upbeat note, the company finally has a second floor (yay for Bert getting his own office!), we saw Peggy again (hurrah!) and we couldn't be any more excited for season six if you delivered it on a plate on top of a naked Christina Hendricks. The only negative? We'll have to wait another year for more Mad Men. Someone fetch us a bottle of best whiskey.

What did you think of the Mad Men finale? Voice your verdict below!
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