Mad Men has earned a reputation for foreshadowing future plot points with cultural touchstones, providing viewers with hidden clues to decode.
And Sunday’s midseason finale gave fans a glimpse of what could be a deadly development in the seasons to come.
A new character was introduced named Sean, who conspicuously wore a football shirt read with OJ Simpson’s uniform number when he played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans from 1967 to 1968.
A murderer among them? Sunday’s episode of Mad Men featured a character wearing the same football uniform number as OJ Simpson
Simpson, now 66, is a legendary football player who, in 1994, was tried for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and a waiter, Ronald Lyle Goldman.
Star on trial: OJ Simpson was tried for double murder in 1994 after legendary football career
He was acquitted after an eight-month trial, which turned out to be the most high-profile criminal trial in American history.
But in 1997, a civil court ordered him to pay the families of the victims $ 33.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Ten years later, he was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. In 2008, he was convicted of the charges and was sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Simpson is one of the most iconic soccer players, nicknamed “The Juice”, holding numerous records and is a member of the Football Hall Of Fame.
In Sunday’s episode of Mad Men, which marks the middle of season seven, Sean is introduced as the son of one of Betty’s childhood friends.
He’s a high school football player, who catches the attention of Betty’s daughter, Sally, when he and his family come to live with the Francis family.
The young athlete appears to have impressed 15-year-old Sally as her mother notes the high school student wore lipstick before heading to her lifeguard job – something the young woman has never done before.
But the connection grows stronger as the two families sit down to watch the Apollo 11 moon landing, which only elicits a cynical response from Sean, who claims it is a waste of resources. .
Family bond: The disturbing young man is the son of one of Betty Draper’s old friends
Love interest: The fit young man provides entertainment for Sally
In the next scene, Sally can be seen repeating this point of view to her father Don Draper on the phone when he calls her.
Previously, Mad Men would send rumors swirling when Jessica Pare was seen on screen wearing a white t-shirt with a red star and her underwear.
And it’s not just because Megan wore next to nothing, the top in question has already been worn by another famous star.
Seems familiar? Jessica Pare character Megan Draper, right, seen in the Mad Men episode “The Better Half” wore the same red t-shirt murdered actress Sharon Tate wore in a 1967 rash series for Esquire
The late actress Sharon Tate wore the same outfit sexier, drenched in the t-shirt for a racy 1967 broadcast in men’s magazine Esquire.
Sharon was brutally stabbed to death at the age of 26 in 1969 at her home in Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles.
She was eight and a half months pregnant with her famous director husband Roman Polanski at the time of her murder in her home along with four other people who are supporters of Charles Manson.
Mad cult leader Manson sent brainwashed “family” members to assassinate Tate.
The apparent connection sent fans of the series into a frenzy as it was speculated whether or not the series foreshadowed a similar death for Megan, who bears many similarities to the tragic icon of the Sixties.
The show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, said at the time that the selection of the suits for the shirt was just luck and was not meant to tie Megan to Tate in any meaningful way.
Since then, however, the series has apparently made more connections between the two, as Megan is pictured auditioning for roles similar to Tate, is married to a man with similar character traits to her husband. Tate, Roman Polanski, and even lives in the canyons of Los Angeles like Tate did.
Whether all of this foreshadowing and symbolism will pay off (in terms of plot) remains to be seen.