This past season of Mad Men saw its fair share of ups and downs between Don Draper and his protégée Peggy Olson, a relationship perhaps best encapsulated by the beautiful episode "The Suitcase," which starts with a work-related argument between the two and ends with a poor, beaten and grieving Don asleep in an equally needy (and sleeping) Peggy's lap. Too soon, fans heralded the nap as the Don-Peggy coupling that certain Mad Men shippers had been anxiously awaiting. Those same fans were then disappointed when that significant moment in Don's office was brushed aside in favor of his ill-advised engagement to his beautiful Quebecois secretary Megan.
But what about the much anticipated season 5? Don's real-life inspiration Draper Daniels eventually married his Peggy— will Don do the same? The answer, more than likely, is no. Additionally: Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss would really like you to stop asking.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Moss and Hamm had this to say about the now-iconic pair:
Jon Hamm: It's not a mistake that the show starts on Peggy's first day at work. In many ways, the story of Mad Men is the story of Peggy Olson: a young, ambitious, talented girl finding her way in this crazy world. I think Don and Peggy have a special relationship. They're unsatisfied with who they are and are willing to do what it takes to become something else.
Elisabeth Moss: People are constantly asking if they're gonna sleep together. I always get annoyed, because their relationship is more than that. And to keep that going over five years without selling out and having something else happen-that to me is really interesting and rarely done well.
Jon Hamm: People want to put us in a "Sam and Diane" box, but it's about their mutual appreciation for the work. That's where the material strikes its resonant chord, when it's ostensibly about one thing and then it becomes about so much more. That's the fun thing about Don and Peggy, and that's the deeper thing about Mad Men.
The actors' opinions on their characters comes as a huge relief to fans at the other end of the Mad Men-shipping spectrum (where I lie, for the record) who feel that their relationship is complex and interesting enough without any romantic entanglement. We know Don can philander, we know Peggy can make poor decisions in workplace relationships (at least if Pete and Duck are any indication). What we don't know (and what Peggy and Don don't know) is how they will manage a relationship in which Peggy is increasingly becoming Don's equal (both professionally and personally) and wanting more because of it. Or how they, as two of the most guarded characters on the show, will manage now that they've been so emotionally intimate with one another.
Whatever your personal opinion, I think we can all agree that March 25th can't come soon enough.