yayitsjenni asked: From one Madmen fan to another I have to ask, do you believe that Don cheats on Megan for the same reason he cheated on Betty? it bothered me when people would blame Betty's behavior for his cheating and even say that he don't love her but nothing in the show proves that he was unhappy with his marriage to her. I figured it was his lie that caused him to cheat on Bets but he's not lying to Megan and he's still cheating! Why do you think that is?
Hi there! That is a really good question, isn’t it?
I also have noticed that the Don-worshippers love to blame Betty for his infidelity. It reminds me of all the people who make excuses for Walter White’s inexcusable behavior, especially those who blame Skyler.
Blaming Betty makes even less sense if you can see how living with a man who constantly lied to her and treated her like his property definitely contributed to her neurotic behavior!
I think Don cheats because he is trying to fill his own emptiness. He doesn’t know how to show love because no one showed him how. He never saw a healthy relationship, he only saw abuse. I think it was profoundly confusing to him when the prostitute who showed him so much kindness by taking care of his cold then turned around and forced him to have sex. Now he has problems separating love from sex.
I think Don is starting to gain enough insight into his problems that he wants to be a better father to his kids. We saw that at the end of last season when he told them, “This is where I grew up.” He may have a better chance of fixing this part of his life than he does the relationship piece, but that’s just my guess.