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It’s hard to say if this is good news or bad news, but Mad Men was about to start its final season when AMC decided that if it’s going to end, they want a little longer to say goodbye. The final season will not only get an additional episode (bringing the season order up to fourteen), it will be split in half, with seven in 2014 and seven in 2015.

This news comes from the L.A. Times, and we’d err on the side of this being not good. Though we love Mad Men and we’re cool with the show ending (as long as it’s on its own terms), spreading it out into these half-seasons seems like a stop-gap measure to have new content for the network, which has had some great hit shows (like The Walking Dead), but many of its other efforts have become jokes. Like Low Winter Sun, which continues to be a punchline every time it follows Breaking Bad.

But in evoking Breaking Bad, it’s hard not to think about how great this run — which feels like a sixth season — has been, especially after this weekend’s showstopper of an episode, and it’s hard to say if people would have been as invested if this wasn’t a short blast of eight episodes to wrap up the journey of Walter White and company. Perhaps Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner, etc. want to cover one more year in the life of these characters, and by splitting up the season, there’s a better sense of closure.

Would rather say goodbye to Don Draper sooner or later?