Mad Men: Dick Whitman, identity thief/preternatural ad man
Who wants to be Don Draper more than Dick Whitman himself? As the story goes, Dick assumed the identity of Lieutenant Donald P. Draper during the Korean War to start a new life for himself. Under the alias of “Don” he worked his way up from used car salesman to founding partner of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Along the way he married Betty Hofstadt and together they embarked on a prefabricated American lifestyle. Their marriage eventually crumbled and when we last saw “Don” it looked like he was about to take the plunge with a woman who has no inkling of his past life as Dick… or does she? (Dum da-dum dum!) Hey, we’re taking a stab, because seriously, what’s going to happen?!?!
The man beneath the suit: We’ll probably weigh the good and evil of “Don Draper” until the series’ end and beyond. Because, as creator Matthew Weiner once said, Mad Men is about “the experience of human life,” and as we all know, life is really just a lot of gray area.