Jon Hamm gives his interpretation of "Mad Men" finale

Jon Hamm arrives for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 24, 2013, in Hollywood, California

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At the end of the "Mad Men" finale, Don Draper returns to McCann-Erickson with a brilliant idea for a Coca-Cola ad, right?

Well, Jon Hamm, who played Draper, is giving his interpretation of the critically-acclaimed show's finale in a new interview with The New York Times.

"My take is that, the next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has this serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man," he told the Times. "And so, this thing comes to him. There's a way to see it in a completely cynical way, and say, 'Wow, that's awful.' But I think that for Don, it represents some kind of understanding and comfort in this incredibly unquiet, uncomfortable life that he has led."

He also spoke about the fate of his character: "...I think, like most stories that we go back to, that it's a little bit ambiguous. We had talked about this ending for a long time and that was Matt [Weiner, the 'Mad Men' creator and show runner]'s image. I was struck by the poetry of it. I didn't know what his plans were, to get Don to this meditative, contemplative place. I just knew that he had this final image in mind."

And unlike the "Sopranos" ending, for example, the "Mad Men" finale had more clarity, but Hamm says everything isn't necessarily tied up with a bow.

"There's people saying, oh, it's so pat, and it's rom-com-y, or whatever it is. But it's not the end of anything. The world doesn't blow up right after the Coke commercial ends. No one is suggesting that Stan and Peggy live happily ever after, or that Joan's business is a rousing success, or that Roger and Marie come back from Paris together. None of it is done," he said.

Go here for more from the NYT piece on Hamm. He chimes in on the three phone calls made in the finale, along with what's next for him as an actor.

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