1. Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Besides the fact that the new appellation doesn't quite have the same ring as simply "Sterling Cooper," I'm worried that the new office will affect the flow of the show. Part of its charm was seeing the bustling office, overhearing the women on the sound board bantering with each other, and observing the seemingly endless amount of flirtations that went on between the ad men and their secretaries. With just the major players here, will some of the lighthearted good times in the office (or, you know, lawn mower accidents) get lost?
2. No more Sal and Paul. The brilliance of Mad Men lies in its complex characters, and over the past three years I've developed a soft spot for all of them. I always thought Sal's struggle to hide his sexuality was one of the show's more interesting story lines, so I'm sad to see him go. Paul was always good for comic relief as well.
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3. Betty and Don are splitsville. The Drapers have never had a perfect relationship, but in some ways they felt like the show's epicenter. It's depressing enough trying to root for a couple when they are miserable, but will their never-ending squabbles start to wear us down? And will Don's trysts seem as sexy now that he's a free man?
4. Sally Draper as a season regular. Don't get me wrong, I love that the mini Drapers are part of the regular season, but I'm not sure I need to see Sally in every single episode. It already feels like the characters are often fighting for screen time, and Sally isn't high on my list of people I'd like to see more of.
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