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The Season 5 premiere of AMC’s Mad Men is just a hop, skip, and a jump around the corner. Sunday’s episode will begin to unravel some storylines that were becoming prominent way back when Season 4 wrapped up in 2010. However, one prominent character on the period piece show will be missing from Sunday’s 2 hour premiere. If you are an audience member who has gleefully been straying away from any news of the upcoming season, now is not the time to keep reading. Following, there are SPOILERS.
Housewife, mother, and controversial character Betty Draper, who is played by actress January Jones, is missing from the Mad Men Season 5 premiere. The move was not a secretly cultivated plot point; instead, Jones’ recent pregnancy is the culprit behind her absence. According to an interview with THR, Jones actually shot scenes from episodes further along in the season while she was pregnant, and then took a break after son, Xander, was born. She’s back now, and creator Matthew Weiner could not be happier for her.
“We wanted to accommodate her. She has a very modern situation. Way more modern than Betty Draper. We accommodated her work life, and we're just so happy for her. And so she got to go off and have her baby, take her maternity leave, and come back to work. We actually shot some of the things out of order, not just the first episode but later episodes, like scenes and things like that when she was able to come back to work."
Although it is great to hear the Mad Men producers worked around Jones’ schedule, I’m selfishly a little sad she won’t be showing up on Sunday’s episode. After such a long period spent waiting to see what the characters are up to, I feel like I need to know what is going on with each and every one of the main cast, as soon as possible. Even if she is sometimes unlikable, Betty Draper is still riveting, and I can’t wait to see her pop up onscreen once more.
Mad Men premieres Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.