Since last week’s episode, the Internet has exploded with a theory that Megan is the Mad Men version of Sharon Tate, the soap star actress and wife of Roman Polanski who was murdered in her California home at eight months pregnant by Charles Manson followers. The whole theory stems from the red star tee Megan wears at last episode’s end, and has been semi-supported by a tweet from costume designer Janie Bryant.
This has Mad Men obsessees, including myself, on high alert for any clues that could support this theory. The first thing I noticed was that each of Megan’s scenes is very dimly lit and dark. Her outfits, too, are much darker than normal. Her first look is an orange and yellow striped sweater with jeans, and later she is in a black dress. Both these scenes take place in front of troubling TV news. During Don’s vision, “Ghost Megan” wears a pink printed shirt, has longer hair, and has a braid across her forehead, a full departure from her darkened IRL wardrobe. The pink could be a reference to her pregnancy, or maybe it reflects the rosy outlook “Ghost Megan” has on the future.