updated 03/21/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/22/2012 AT 8:30 AM ET
AMC’s Mad Men is back Sunday after an absence of more than a year, and its maniacally intense fans are anticipating what new developments are in the pipeline at the chilled offices of 1960s ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Mad Men is too subtle to resort to cliffhangers – people here live or die according to what account gets signed over a business lunch lubricated with drinks – but season 4 ended with everyone poised on the brink of … something.
Something maybe good, possibly bad. Maybe neither. It’s that kind of show. Ominous, but incrementally so.
Before Sunday’s premiere, here’s a refresher as to where the show’s main characters were when we left them: