Bad news for all you Mad Men fans hoping to see more of Sterling Cooper’s closeted gay art director Salvatore Romano —don’t hold your breath. Though Sal (played by Broadway’s Bryan Batt) hasn’t been seen on Mad Men since 2009, fans still keep that candle burning. Unfortunately for them, the series’ creator Matthew Weiner finally went on record with The Wall Street Journal saying Sal is not coming back.
“If you liked the first season so much, go watch it again," he said. "You cannot have bacon at every meal. I got that from David Chase. You'll burn out that way."
Weiner realizes how important the character is to many fans though. “More than with any other character, I've had lots of conversations about [Sal returning]…I wanted to tell the story of how incredibly unfair it was for Sal, and that's the sacrifice I made. It's a gigantic moment in the series."
So there you have it. Sal is not coming back, but on the bright side Mad Men still has plenty of theater vets on there like Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer and, of course, Robert Morse.
Mad Men season six begins April 7 on AMC.