With long-time NBC stalwart "The Office" nearing the home stretch, executive producer and showrunner Greg Daniels spoke today at a Television Critics Association panel about bringing the series to a satisfying close.
News broke earlier last week that Steve Carrell's Michael Scott would in all likelihood not be returning for the series finale. Daniels confirmed today that Carrell “was very much of the opinion that the ‘Goodbye Michael’ episode and story arc leading up to it was [his] goodbye to the fans and the show” while the current final season “is the goodbye that the rest of the show gets to have.”
Carrell's lack of involvement does not rule out the return of other series regulars and guest stars making an appearance, including Mindy Kaling. Daniels confirmed that while the final episode script has not been completed and is still in the table-read stage, the finale will be one hour and will be under the helm of Ken Kwapis, who directed the very first episode of the show.
The showrunner was short on spoilers, but did hint that one character will be fired in Episode 15. Given Ed Helms' character Andy's uneven performance as branch manager, my money's on him, although this could also be an indication that Jim's recent business endeavor will be getting more serious.
Daniels noted that it was fulfilling to be able to steer the series to a satisfying conclusion, and while all loose ends will likely not be tied up, he is confident that fans of the show will appreciate the finale. “I couldn’t imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t be directing what was happening at the end,” he said, adding: “That happened to me on King Of The Hill.” He called his connection with The Office “more emotional than any other show I’ve ever had.”
How do you think the series should wrap up?