12:15pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Matthew Weiner Confirms Elisabeth Moss to Stay on 'Mad Men'
Normally one to hold plot points very close to the vest, Mad Men creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner has put an end to one of the biggest lingering questions of the AMC series' recent fifth season.
Elisabeth Moss, who has played Peggy Olson since the first scene of the series premiere, will return next year despite a storyline that took her character away from the advertising agency that houses the bulk of the series' characters.
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“When people leave Sterling Cooper, sometimes it is the end for [the character],” Weiner told TVLine. “But I will spoil that one tiny piece of anticipation and tell people that Elisabeth will be showing up to work... I can’t say how much, in what capacity or what [her story] is going to be, but she has not left the show.”
Moss' character appeared in the finale, working at a rival agency, episodes after leaving Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
Many Mad Men characters have departed the series without the grand exits of Lane Pryce (Jarred Harris) and Ida Blankenship (Randee Heller). Paul Kinsey (Michael Gladis) and Sal Romano (Bryan Batt) were both written out with little fanfare, something that prompted many viewers to question January Jones' future on the series when Betty and Don (Jon Hamm) divorced -- and even more when Don took another wife.
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“Everyone was like, ‘I guess January Jones is off the show,’ and I was like, ‘Why would she be?’" added Weiner. "I never understood that.”
The sixth season of Mad Men goes into production later this year.