'Mad Men' Season 6: Can Don Draper be tamed?

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  • Two-hour season premiere, titled 'The Doorway,' was well-received
  • Warning: Season 6 spoiler below
'Mad Men' Season 6: Can Don Draper be tamed?

Spoiler Alert: Musings from around the Internet on the season premiere of "Mad Men"!

Critics and audiences couldn't wait for the season 6 premiere of "Mad Men," and the verdict is in: New season, same old Don.

The philandering ad genius may have been on vacation in Hawaii with his beautiful new wife Megan in the premiere episode on Sunday, but his wandering eye still hasn't been tamed.

The show opened with an ominous quote from Dante Alighieri’s "The Inferno": “Midway through our life’s journey I went astray from the straight road and awoke to find myself alone in a dark wood.”

Alone, indeed. The entire episode revolved around themes of death and getting older while the world changes at a rapid pace, with each character dealing with growing older and dying in their own way -- whether it be through denial, a change in appearance or adultery.

Speaking of cheating, while Don seems to have it all on the outside, the episode captured that dichotomy of outward happiness and crippling inner loneliness: Don once again failed to remain faithful to Megan and jumped into bed with a neighbor's wife. Or as Huffington Post put it, "Oh my God, Don Draper is sleeping with Lindsay Weir!"

Critics lapped up the symbolism of Don trapped in purgatory, with Salon calling the character a "hero on the outside, big fraud on the inside" and U.S. News referred to the "disorienting feeling" caused by the episodes's many allusions to life and death.

Read more: Photos: 'Mad Men' goes sultry for season 6!

Back on the mainland, Peggy seems to be finally stepping out of Don's shadow while echoing his treatment of underlings in a way that foreshadows her rise to the top -- but does that mean she'll lose her sense of self along the way?

Betty, meanwhile, dyed her hair from blonde to brunette after a condescending comment about her golden locks. The change was a major turn-on for Henry, but Rolling Stone thought it was just "ew." (If you're wondering, yes, January Jones is still rocking the prosthetic double chin.)

Betty's evolution over six seasons still hasn't completely unlocked the character for audiences just quite yet. She, of all the characters, remains something of an enigma because her motivations for change and acceptance can change so rapidly.

In what was certainly a shock to his system, Roger experienced two deaths: his mother's and his shoe man's, and the loss made the silver-haired fox face his own mortality for the first time. In disbelief, Roger was left to pick up the pieces alone, since Joan finally extricated herself from his grips. Does this mean that Joan and Roger are over? Not so fast, thinks Rolling Stone writer Sarene Leeds, "Her refusal to attend Roger's mother's funeral did not go unnoticed by the SCDP staff, leading me to believe that the Ballad of Roger and Joan has another verse in store."

With the two-hour premiere chock full of information, this season is gearing up for some heavy storylines. What do you think will happen as the season unfolds?

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