I get why Pete Campbell is important to Mad Men. I do. I know that by having a greedy, immoral little turd hanging around the office, it gives the show the opportunity to do bad, bad things, and in the process let a deeply flawed character like Don Draper put on the white hat every now and then. And I also know that if you removed him entirely from the series then you wouldn’t see what happens when someone who doesn’t have any of Don’s charm gets jealous of the seemingly consequence-free life he lives and tries to get away with the same types of things, usually with disastrous results. I get that. I know that the whole point is that the audience is supposed to hate Pete most of the time, and that the show is probably much better for it. I’ll concede all those points.
But what if Pete Campbell gets eaten by a bear?