Maureen Ryan on Betty Draper:
I. Don’t. Care. I don’t care about Betty, and at this point, I never will. “Mad Men” clearly wants us to care about this child-woman’s evolution from petty, spoiled suburban matron to fat, petty, spoiled suburban matron to slightly less fat, petty, spoiled suburban matron.
Her one-dimensional performance and her chilly presence work against my ability to take an interest in what Betty does and doesn’t want, and frankly the writing for the character doesn’t help. “Mad Men” has repeated the same notes and themes for a long time now with Betty, but I am less and less interested in her as time goes by, and I would much rather spend time with other characters in this world.