Jon Hamm Shares Bryan Cranston’s Advice on Life After ‘Mad Men’ in GQ First Look (Exclusive Photos)

In the magazine’s April cover story, on-screen Walter White told departing Don Draper: “It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.”

“Mad Men” star Jon Hamm graces the April cover of GQ magazine, wherein he kicks off the long goodbye to his star-making drama “Mad Men,” TheWrap reveals in an exclusive first look.

Labelled a “fashion god” by the men’s magazine, Hamm said he got some advice from a fellow actor who also bid farewell to his iconic character and show — Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White on AMC’s other flagship drama “Breaking Bad.”

“‘It’s hard, man. It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times,’” Hamm said Cranston told him recently.

“Mad Men” is largely credited with sparking the scripted drama trend on cable, and as the final episodes air beginning April 5 Hamm is as curious about his future as we are.

“The one constant thing I’ve had in my career is now removed,” said Hamm. “And that’s an eye-opener: Are people still going to take me seriously? Am I just going to do romantic comedies for the rest of my life? What’s next? And I don’t know, you know? I wish I was smug enough to have had a grand plan.”

It’s not all bad news: While Don Draper was certainly a style icon, his internal struggles were often dark and destructive. Hamm says the character has taken its toll on him over the years.

“You’re kind of hoping for redemption, and it’s not forthcoming.… To consistently come in and be the bummer was always like, ‘Oh, that’s not fun.’ But at the same time, it’s been like the greatest obstacle course in the world. A puzzle to figure out,” Hamm said.

See TheWrap’s first look photos from the magazine’s spread below and head to at for complete cover story and photo spread.

“Mad Men” returns for its final seven episodes Sunday April 5 at 10/9c.