'Mad Men' final season: Why Don Draper is headed for Portland ... and a plane ride to nowhere

March 24, 2015 12:24 PM

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On November 24, 1971, a tall, well-dressed man in his 40s walked up to the Northwest Orient Airlines counter at Portland International Airport and bought a one-way ticket to Seattle. He gave his name as Dan Cooper. It was an alias. Once he had settled into his seat with a bourbon and soda, and the Boeing 727 had lifted itself into the sky, he politely informed a stewardess that he was hijacking the plane.

Could this be how Don Draper's story ends in a couple of months? The last half-season of "Mad Men" begins on April 5.

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