Critic Consensus: "Waterloo" tidies up a number of story arcs with a hopeful, emotionally satisfying midseason finale.

Episode Info

Don receives a troubling letter; Pete butts heads with Cutler; Roger gets an unexpected phone call; and a risky venture entails a new future for Peggy.


Jon Hamm
as Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss
as Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser
as Peter Campbell
January Jones
as Betty Francis
Christina Hendricks
as Joan Holloway
John Slattery
as Roger Sterling
Aaron Staton
as Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Allan Havey
as Lou Avery
Talia Balsam
as Mona Sterling
Derek Ray
as Brooks Hargrove
Josh McDermitt
as George Payton
Kellie Martin
as Carolyn Glaspie
Elijah Nelson
as Neil Glapspie
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Kevin Rahm
as Ted Chaough
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
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Critic Reviews for Waterloo

Matthew Weiner -- who directed and co-wrote last night's mid-season finale with Carly Wray -- gave us plenty to chew on in an immensely satisfying and oddly optimistic stopping point with the men in a panic and the women in calm control.

Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Just because Don is trying to be a better man, and taken "one small step," doesn't mean the rest of his world has caught up with him. Repercussions of his past continue to dog him. Will he continue to try, or slip and slide backward?

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

A death, a song and dance number and a sale; must be a season-ending episode of Mad Men... Love how Don's marriage ended in a hushed sigh as they both just gave up; meanwhile Peggy and Sally become even closer copies of Don. How can we wait until 2015?

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…
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Overall a rewarding hour, that leaves us with much to ponder over the break before the last seven.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Bert's been around, he's had a good life and he got a great sendoff. Megan, to be honest, we knew back at Howard Johnson's that was never going to work. But losing Julio, well, that's going to take some adjusting.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

The achievement of "Waterloo" is in some ways more impressive, because the show has given us this exact episode two times previously and yet managed to do one that was more exciting and emotionally satisfying than the ones before.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Only Mad Men can mix fast food burgers with a moon landing and make us laugh and cry in the same episode. See you in 2015!

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Mad Men has delivered an episode that, largely due to the weight of its closing moments, could easily have served as an incredibly satisfying end to the series itself.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Say what you will about the episode's ending -- bizarre and out of place, or comical and uplifting -- but if there's one thing Mad Men never fails to deliver, it's a shocking season finale.

Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

These are all notes that the show has played before, but what makes them work so wonderfully in "Waterloo" is that the show can now play around with a sense of finality it didn't really have in the past.

Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…