Again we television viewers had a nasty shock. The first was when sweet Sybil died post-childbirth on "Downton Abbey."
Some of us had been waiting for a person or an event to save him from himself. Much like Don Draper on "Mad Men," Will seems to hate himself. And, just like Don he uses and abuses women. Alicia, the woman he told "I love you," was pushing back as a competitor. Also, just like Don, he screws up big time professionally. After being suspended for several months for dipping into a client's funds he still went into the office and through his own self-created systems practiced law.
Anti-heroes resonate with us. We see our dark side in them. We hope they are capable of change. That gives us enormous hope that we too can become if not better human beings, then less self destructive ones.
Next month as "Mad Men" starts up again we fear that Don will commit suicide. That could be the active form. He could leap out the window or in front of a train. The other option is to check out passively by driving too fast or starting an altercation with a low life who offs him.
Ideally, there would be special programming on PBS in which spiritual, psychological and business leaders discuss how the wounded can save themselves. Pope Francis would be a perfect member for that panel.