'Mad Men' series finale recap: Find out what happened to your favorites in the end!

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WARNING: If you have not watched the series finale of Mad Men or do not wish to know where Don, Peggy, Joan and the rest of your AMC favorites ended up, leave now. For everyone else, pour yourself a drink, loosen up you tie, and listen up!

It truly is the end of an era.

After seven seasons of tagline pitches, sultry affairs, and an infinite number of drinks, AMC aired the series finale of its Emmy award-winning drama, Mad Men.

The final episode featured one hour and 17 minutes of twists, turns and highly anticipated answers as to where each of our favorite Sterling Cooper & Partners employees (and family members!) ended up.

Here's what you need to know about each of our main characters....

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'Mad Men' series finale recap: Find out what happened to your favorites in the end!

Jon Hamm as Don Draper - Mad Men _ Season 7B, Episode 11 - (Photo by Justina Mintz/AMC)

In this publicity photo released by AMC, Jon Hamm as Don Draper is shown in Season 5, Episode 1, of "Mad Men." The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are announced on Thursday, July 19, 2012. "Mad Men" is making a bid at Emmy Awards history to win its fifth best drama series trophy. (AP Photo/AMC, Ron Jaffe)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from "Mad Men." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/AMC, Jordin Althaus)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from "Mad Men." Hamm was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
In this publicity photo released by AMC, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson is shown in Episode 11, Season 5, of "Mad Men." Moss was nominated for an Emmy award on Thursday, July 19, 2012 for outstanding actress in a drama series for her role as Peggy Olson. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Jordin Althaus)
This image released by AMC shows, from left, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Jared Harris as Lane Pryce and Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in a scene from the fifth season of "Mad Men." On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity photo provided by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene of "Mad Men," Season 6, Episode 1. “Mad Men” returns for its sixth season Sunday, April 7, 2013, on AMC with 13 new episodes. Series Creator Matthew Weiner says he plans one more season for the 1960s drama. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This image released by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from the season five premiere episode of "Mad Men," where Megan surprises Don with a birthday party. On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Ron Jaffe)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 05: Jon Hamm is seen filming 'Mad Men' on March 05, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
This undated publicity image released by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene outside of a Howard Johnson's restaurant in an episode of "Mad Men." The actual Howard Johnson's in upstate New York in this scene, was in fact a shuttered, deteriorating one in an LA suburb. Virtual airbrushing was provided by Zoic Studios, which repainted the building, replaced its sign and deleted nearby post-'60s buildings, all digitally. "Mad Men" competes with other contenders now for a special effects Emmy nomination in a new category. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity photo provided by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene of "Mad Men," Season 6, Episode 2. “Mad Men” returns for its sixth season Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity image released by AMC shows John Slattery as Roger Sterling, left, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, center, and Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in a scene from the season six premiere of "Mad Men," airing Sunday, April 7, on AMC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This image released by AMC shows newcomer Teyonah Parris as Dawn Chambers, left, and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in a scene from "Mad Men." On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 05: John Slattery, Rich Sommer and Jon Hamm are seen filming 'Mad Men' on March 05, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, left, and Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough in a scene from "Mad Men." The season finale airs Sunday, June 23, on AMC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity image released by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from the finale of "Mad Men." The popular drama ended its fifth season on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
Don Draper portrayed by Jon Hamm, from left, Roger Sterling portrayed by John Slattery, Pete Campbell portrayed by Vincent Kartheiser and Lane Pryce portrayed by Jared Harris appear in a scene from season six of "Mad Men." The final episodes of the popular series begin on Sunday. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This image released by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper performing a French song in a scene from the season five premiere episode of "Mad Men," where Megan surprises her husband Don with a birthday party. On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Ron Jaffe)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper, left, and Jessica Pare as Megan Draper in a scene from "Mad Men." The season finale airs Sunday, June 23, on AMC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in a scene from "Mad Men." Olson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series on Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/AMC, Jaimie Trueblood)
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Don: When the finale began, we found our protagonist channeling his inner-speed racer while shacking up with a blonde prostitute in the desert. After Sally spilled the truth about Betty's lung cancer, and discovering that he would not be getting custody of his boys, Don quickly spiraled into a dark, alcohol-fueled mess. Heartbroken for "Birdie" and drunk with regret, Don ended up on Stephanie's doorstep in California.

Stephanie took "Dick" to a place up the coast that seemed to be part yoga retreat and part rehab facility. After a ridiculously heavy sharing circle, Stephanie becomes an emotional wreck and leaves -- thus stranding Don at the center. An emotionally distraught Don called Peggy to confess that he's "not the man" she thought he was, but his former co-worker dismissed his concerns and told him to come home. After being coaxed to attend another sharing session, Don resonated with another man's sad testimony and gave him a tearful hug.

We ended Don's journey by seeing him in a group meditation on a cliff overlooking the beach, He said "Ohhhuhhmmmm," and then smiled. And although it wasn't explicitly stated, we think that Don eventually went back to McCann Erickson and helped create the now-iconic "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercial. Why do we jump to that assumption? As the brilliant David Clinch pointed out on twitter, one of the girls in the commercial sports the same beribboned braids as the front-desk clerk at the retreat. Boom! Minds blown...

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Peggy: Remember that badass Peggy we saw waking through the halls of McCann Erickson? Well, she most definitely kept that attitude with her because she did not let any of her new condescending superiors bully her when it came to her accounts. And after agreeing to help Joan and Ken write a script for an upcoming Dow commercial, Peggy was shocked when Joan offered her the chance to start their own production company. After some rather blunt advice from Stan -- "There's more to life than work" – Peggy eventually turned down Joan's offer and chose stay at McCann Erickson.

Who was the most elated to hear of her decision? That would be Stan. In a shocking and completely swoon-worthy twist, Stan confessed that he was head over heels for Peggy. ""All I want to do is be with you," he said. "I'm in love with you." After hyperventilating for a minute or two, the wheels in Peggy's head began to turn and she realized that she loved Stan as well. " "You make everything OK. You always do. No matter what," she confessed. "I think I'm in love with you, too. I really do." They sealed their newfound relationship with a kiss and (in our minds) lived happily ever after!

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Joan: Since leaving her partnership with the McCann Erickson -- due to their extremely chauvinistic behavior -- we caught up with Joan this week while she enjoying a sunny vacay with her newbeau Richard and embracing all of the things she's never done before – like cocaine. After her drug-fueled rendezvous, she met up with Ken for a business lunch and he enlisted her help to find a commercial producer for a Dow movie.

Joan then reached out to Peggy's help to write the script for the project and eventually pitched a truly amazing idea: Harris Olsen Production Company -- a new career adventure that would be free of misogynist bosses. While Peggy pondered whether or not she wanted to commit to the new venture, Richard was adamant about his opinions and promptly broke up with Joan when she revealed her new business plans. (Good riddance!) Peggy eventually passed on the opportunity, but that didn't stop Joan from starting the Holloway Harris Production Company all by her badass self!

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Roger: For a third time, wedding bells were ringing for Roger Sterling! The salt-haired playboy finally settled down with none other than Marie Calvet -- Megan's mother. To make matters even sweeter, Roger met up with Joan to reveal that he added their son Kevin as a major benefactor in his will. The two old friends seemed truly happy for each other and for their "little rich b*stard" to be financially secure for the rest of his life.

Betty: After last week's tragic twist of discovering that Betty has an advanced case of lunge cancer, things were not much different in the Francis household. Betty was still adamant in no one in the family knowing her "private" affairs, and Sally was still acting like the most mature one in that family. Sally even called up Don to break to bad news to him and then advise her father to let Bobby and Gene continue living with Henry so that their lives could retain a sense of normalcy.

When Don called up Betty to say that he would absolutely take the boys after her eventual death, she was very firm in her decision: "I want to keep things as normal as possible. And you not being here is part of that," she said. He called her "Birdie" and they shared tears through the phone. By the end of the episode, Betty was still alive and smoking in the kitchen as if nothing had changed.

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