Critic Consensus: "Severance" presents the age-old dilemma of human fulfillment, setting the stage for a final season layered with the big questions asked by Mad Men's beloved characters.

Episode Info

Don tries to track down a friend; Joan struggles to solve a problem with an account; Peggy is set up by an unlikely person.


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
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Aaron Staton
as Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Kevin Rahm
as Ted Chaough
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
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Critic Reviews for Severance

Weiner explored the meaning of life without going pretentious or heavy-handed. Don's terrific downer in Sunday's episode suggests that Mad Men will receive a finish befitting a landmark series.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm hoping we see more of Stevie - he seems perfect for Peggy. How great was it to watch Elisabeth Moss let loose with giant smiles.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

If Season 7a was about Don's resurgence in the business world, it appears 7b will focus on Don's quest for personal fulfillment.

Apr 6, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

In the annals of Mad Men season restarts, the "Severance" episode may be the most underwhelming of them all. Nothing about this series ever plunges to the depths of terrible. But as galvanizing hours of television go, this isn't Mad Men with a bang.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Severance" picks up this baton and twirls it in surprising and often elliptical ways.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…

I'll say that the themes that have defined Mad Men are still very much at play in "Severance" as is Weiner's willingness to spend time with characters outside of his core group of regulars.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Good God, Don. This? AGAIN?

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

While these themes of self-hatred and relapse are as tired and flawed as our antihero, Weiner manages to craft a beautiful and poignant episode on nostalgia's nastier and more painful cousin: regret.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

"Severance" marks a fitting start to the last weeks of Mad Men, as the mist of missed opportunity permeates through the agency air.

Apr 5, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

After an uneven first half of Season 7, "Severance" felt like it confidently eased back into familiar territory, but with the added intensity of knowing time is running out.

Apr 3, 2015 | Full Review…