The episode called for the entire cast to be in the scene, which helps to bring it all together. But what was it like to navigate such a large and emotional ensemble?
It was all done in one day. We prepared tremendously. They are a machine: hair, makeup, wardrobe, the ADs and a great cinematographer. What I was really worried about was holding everybody’s attention for the 15 hours or whatever. But honestly, it was dramatic enough that it could. These people play these characters, so you don’t have to do much. As long as they’re in the scene and reacting, you make sure that you get them on camera. My whole thing was: get the stunts right and structure it dramatically so that you feel that moment of triumph and then really feel the chaos. Because that’s how things like that happen.
You can read the full interview with Matthew Weiner, guest director of episode 12, here