Ted ChaoughPlayed by Kevin Rahm
Despite a longtime rivalry and Don’s reputation, Ted is excited to merge his firm with Don’s. But when Don finds himself threatened by an in-house competitor, and when Ted’s professionalism is compromised by his love for Peggy, he finds himself vulnerable to Don’s attempts to cut him down. After promising Peggy that he’ll leave his wife, Ted’s conscience catches up with him, and he instead pursues a fresh start for his family in California. Unfortunately, Ted can’t outrun his unhappiness; his depression nearly drives him out of advertising, until Don convinces him the path back to fulfillment is through re-embracing his passion for his work.