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“I think that’s beginning to be a lost art in our current culture of ‘140 characters and that’s good enough.’ The fact there are people who still strive for excellence … is inspiring. That is the one good thing about Don; not that he looks good in a suit, not that he can drink, not that he (expletive) a lot of women.”

With the journey nearing conclusion for Draper and his fellow travelers, Weiner is faced with the task of wrapping up the ambitious drama that put him in the front ranks of TV producers. There are 13 episodes planned for its last season, he said.

“I have an idea for what it feels like for the show to end, and I think I know how it ends, and I’ve known for a couple of years,” Weiner said — cryptically, of course.

Could Don, at last, find happiness? Hamm tackles that question.

“Well, that’s the hope. And at some point it will be the journey of the series, finding that happiness, or a balance.”

That’s the audience’s challenge as well. And Mr. Weiner’s call.