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AMC is splitting the final season of 'Mad Men' over two years

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The final season of Med Men will be split into two separate sections, aired a year apart. AMC has announced that the two halves of season seven (which series creator Matthew Weiner earlier confirmed would be the conclusion of the show) will be called "The Beginning" and "The End of an Era," according to The Los Angeles Times. The first set of seven episodes will air in spring of next year, followed by the final seven episodes in spring 2015.

The move to split the final season of Mad Men mimics AMC's decision to do the same with its other marquee television series, Breaking Bad. Extending the final episodes has worked well for the other show, as AMC president Charlie Collier says that the premiere for the second half of the final season had nearly twice as many viewers as any prior episode. He added that "We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase."

By giving both halves of the season distinct titles, it's likely that AMC is seeking to avoid complications that led one iTunes Season Pass customer to sue Apple for not including all final 16 episodes of Breaking Bad in the subscription. If you're concerned about the implications AMC's decision has for the quality of the final episodes of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, at least, appears to be looking forward to working on two separate parts of the last season. He says that "We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience." Considering AMC's reluctance to says goodbye to Mad Men, we'll have to keep an eye out to see if it will come up with a spin-off series to keep the world alive — just this month it announced such new shows based on both Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

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