Mad Men endgame theory: Don Draper is D.B. Cooper

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In 1972 a man using the alias D.B. Cooper highjacked a commercial jet flying out of Portland, Oregon and jumped out with a parachute and $200,000 in cash. He was never seen again.

Two years ago, Lindsey Green posted a theory that Don Draper is D.B. Cooper. Since then, nothing has happened on the show that blows her theory.

Some observations and ideas (Spoiler alert):

Ben Collins of The Daily Beast asks an interesting question:

If [Mad Men creator Matt] Weiner learned that he got found out—that his legendary ending was spoiled by a particularly clever PR person in New York City — would he ever think of changing the ending? Would keeping it diminish the art? Would changing it? Could Green have had an effect on the end of the show?

“I’ve asked myself that. I’m like, ‘Did I ruin it for myself? Did I ruin it for everybody?’ I get nervous about it. I think Matt is such a smart writer,” Green says. “It could go in so many ways.”

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  1. I am going with my first impression from the first minute on the first episode as my wife watched it.
    I bet he jumps off a building.

  2. I don;t think he will end up being D.B. Cooper because that would be stupid.

  3. If [Mad Men creator Matt] Weiner learned that he got found out—that his legendary ending was spoiled by a particularly clever PR person in New York City — would he ever think of changing the ending?

    A better question would be, would Weiner troll the audience by throwing in Don looking at a plane in a late episode, years after the D.B. Cooper theory became popular? A theory he's been asked about many, many times. For the lulz? (The answer being... yeah, probably.)

    An even better question would be, isn't staring out a window at a plane a perfectly reasonable, even trite, foreshadowing of Don's dissatisfaction with where he is in his life, indicating his desire to make a change? Doesn't need a theory to explain it. It fits the story as is.

    Although--an ending that has Don on a plane, handing a stewardess a note, then a fade to credits with some appropriate music, would be cool. Could be seen as a typical Don move of giving her his phone number and indicating he's back to being his old self... or... just maybe... the famous bomb note.

    Hmmm... the series is set to end around 1971. And those glasses. And he is heading west. And Cooper's ghost visit.

    OK, maybe.

  4. If Draper turned out to be DB Cooper, it would be the most exciting thing on the show that has happened by a factor of 100, eclipsing the previous most exciting thing to happen, which was Cosgrove getting his eye shot out with a BB gun. I expect the show will end with a whimper not a bang.

  5. Pedantic point of order: the hijacker actually used the alias "Dan Cooper." The "D.B." part came into popular lore due to a media miscommunication (those were the initials of one person the F.B.I. looked into after the hijacking on the off chance that he was foolhardy enough to buy a ticket under his real name).

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