A few details have surfaced regarding the end of the popular NBC sitcom The Office. Steve Carell’s Michael Scott won’t return for a cameo, but B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling will, and someone in the Dunder Mifflin office will be fired.
“Steve is very much of the opinion that the ‘Goodbye Michael’ episode and the story arc that we did leading up to it was his goodbye to the fans and to the show, and that the stuff we’re doing this season is the goodbye that the rest of the show gets to have,” creator Greg Daniels said Wednesday, reports Yahoo.
“So, at the moment, we don’t have any plans for him to come back,” Daniels added. “There’s still a lot of good things that we have planned for the rest of the goodbyes.”
So no more Michael, period. The show hasn’t really been itself since he left, anyway. So what are we to expect from the final episodes of The Office? Daniels hinted at some pretty interesting stuff, like a story about the “documentary crew” that has been chronicling the Scranton office for the last nine years.
“If you look at how many characters there are here, and you think that it’ll be our 200th half-hour when we do the finale, I don’t think we’re planning on packing everything into the last episode. I would encourage people, if you are waiting for the end of The Office to re-tune in, I would start doing it right away,” Daniels said.
“There’s an episode tomorrow night that is very good, and then the one after that is really what I would say is the beginning of the end, where we start to break down what’s going on with this documentary, and see behind the scenes and who’s involved.”
Daniels also said that someone would be getting fired, but he declined to give any hints as to who it would be.
“Someone is fired. I will hint at that,” he said. “There’s drama and someone has to get fired.”
He didn’t say how the series would end, but told TheWrap that his favorite series finale was for the program Newhart, which saw Bob Newhart’s character from his previous series, The Bob Newhart Show, waking from a dream with his wife from that show, Suzanne Pleshette. This suggested that the events of Newhart were all a dream.
So will Ricky Gervais wake up, having dreamed the US version of his show?
“No, it’s been done,” Daniels said. “You’ve got to figure out another thing.”
Who do you think will be fired from The Office? My money is on Dwight. Because irony.