PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Is Don Draper actually D.B. Cooper?
With the series finale of “Mad Men” set for Sunday, one popular theory for the show’s end is that Don Draper becomes D.B. Cooper, the man who hijacked a plane from Portland to Seattle on Nov. 24, 1971.
In the penultimate episode, Don Draper (played by actor Jon Hamm) is last seen giving his Cadillac to a young con man. Draper then sits on a bench waiting for a bus that’s headed West.
Theories about what may happen in the finale abound, and series creator Matthew Weiner did not confirm or deny any plot twists or details in various interviews.
D.B. Cooper boarded an afternoon plane at Portland International Airport for a 30-minute flight to Seattle. Shortly after takeoff, he handed a note to a flight attendant that said he had a bomb and he was hijacking the plane.
Over the next few hours, his demands for $200,000 and four parachutes were provided. Shortly after 8 p.m., he apparently jumped from the plane that was headed south.
He was never found, though authorities believe he landed somewhere in Clark or Cowlitz counties or possibly the Washougal River.
It remains the only unsolved hijacking in US history.
Fans of “Mad Men” know Don Draper is actually the pseudonym he took to begin a new life. The character’s real name is Dick Whitman — and this theory plays into his desire to start a new life again, using D.B. Cooper as an homage to his advertising industry mentor, Bert Cooper.
The series finale airs on AMC this Sunday at 10 p.m.