While the prolonged speculation about the return of Mad Men for a fifth season left us with despair and an anticlimax, fans were reassured to hold out until 2012. And while we aren’t exactly counting down just yet, creator Matthew Weiner has plans to make it well worth the wait: by giving us a double serving of Jon Hamm, both on-and-off screen.

Hamm will not only return to his role as the suave, handsome, virtuoso Don Draper, but will also act as director for season’s premiere, set to air in March next year.

“The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen,” Hamm told TVLine. “It’s a very exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement.”

Just one more reason to get psyched about the return of Mad Men y’all.

In an AMC interview last year Hamm expressed how much he’d love to direct Mad Men, but given the amount of time he’s in the show it’d prove much more difficult. The actor will follow in the footsteps of his co-star John Slattery (who plays Roger Sterling) who directed the series twelfth episode last season.

“I watched Slattery do it, and he handled it with such grace and ability and ease. I figured if he can do it, shit, I can do it too,” Hamm jests.

Shit Jon, you’ve convinced us!