[WARNING: If you have yet to see this week's finale of 'Parks and Recreation,' stop reading now. Seriously, don't even glance down there. Major spoilers ahead!]
So how about that 'Parks and Recreation' Season 6 finale? Was it everything you'd hoped it would be? There was Michelle Obama, a fun-filled Unity concert, and a flurry of familiar faces, including a brief Ron and Tammy 2 reunion (once again proving that Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have the greatest Hollywood marriage of all time).
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But most importantly, the show's final scene ended with a THREE-YEAR TIME JUMP to 2017, where we not only met Leslie's now-walking triplets, but saw her straight up fire an incompetent Jon Hamm right before she and Ben got on the elevator to attend some sort of high-level situation. (Seriously, what's that about?) Either way, this switch-up will clearly change the whole trajectory of next season, which, according to executive producer Michael Schur, could "likely" end up being the show's swan song.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Schur explained how once they "were given really every assurance" by NBC that they'd get another season, they decided to "throw a crazy wrench into the works" instead of just leaving things open-ended.
First and foremost, their main goal became figuring out a way for Leslie to take the job, but still be able to stay in Pawnee. Sounds smart enough. So why even bother with jumping three years into the future? "We talked about: Is it five years? Is it 10 years?" Schur remarked. "It seemed like enough time to be for really radical change without everybody having gray hair."
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As for where that leaves our beloved Pawnee characters for next season, Schur assures fans that the main cast will all be back, however, their involvement in Leslie's new job remains a little unclear. (Anyone else notice how Tom wasn't in that last scene? There's a reason for that!)
He also confirmed that the show will be much less about the politics of Pawnee since "it wouldn’t feel that logical if she were still battling it out with Jamm every week." Furthermore, Schur made it very clear that, though there might be some flashbacks, "the main action of the season will take place in that slightly futurescape."
And when asked if next season will, in fact, be the show's last, Schur confessed that the prospect seems pretty likely to happen at this point. "It’s fairly likely that next year will be the last. The natural rhythm of the show and the big creative jump we take at the end of this season certainly suggests that we’re moving in that direction."