The Office shall be drawing to a close after the conclusion of its forthcoming ninth season, reports producer and original show runner, Greg Daniels. Daniels will be returning in his capacity as show runner for the final season noted in a report on
Daniels, who participated in a press conference this past Tuesday commented on how this announcement would shape the episodes leading up to the finale particularly stating that’ As we head into the homestretch, we have a lot of exciting things I’ve been wanting to do since season two,” Daniel told reporters during a conference call Tuesday. “The end should be pretty cool.”
As for the suitability of the show ending this coming year, Daniels commented on that regard stating that at” some point you have a choice: to always tell the beginnings of stories and the middles or to allow a story to end, and I think endings can be very powerful and meaningful pieces of the story,” said Daniels, who added that NBC Entertainment president Bob Greenblatt was supportive of the plan to end the series. “If we didn’t let it end this year, I don’t know if we would have been able to tell the endings for so many characters that I really want to know the endings for.
As for the structure of the forthcoming season, viewers will see how storylines develop into arcs which shall have been established into the premiere as opposed to simply providing episodic storylines.
Furthermore, Daniels commented on the excitement in terms of the different possibilities for each of the endings for each of the characters as well as the creative risks which he can be taken in this regard.”There are so many storylines to follow now, so many endings to write for different characters, risky things we wouldn’t normally do if we knew we were going for a long time,” Daniels said. “Now that we have an end date, we can blow up things and take some chances. It’s very freeing and creatively exciting for the audience.”
Such risks include Nellie hosting a charity at The Office as well as Dwight donating money to the Taliban as a form of retaliation. This year will also bring bank Daniel Denman whose character Roy will be getting married and it is also said to be a big year for the character of Jim and Pam. Furthermore, David Wallice will be seen running Dunder Mifflin. The show is said to nhave a feel of what it was before the Sabre days which would make sense given how Sabre is no longer running Dunder Mifflin.
Furthermore, viewers will have a chance to see who the individuals who have been filming the documentary throughout the entire course of the series actually are.
While some of the exciting story arcs were revealed by Daniels, it should be noted that the producer hopes to keep most of the major details a secret for the coming season, to help instill an actual element of surprise as opposed to viewers knowing what will happen beforehand.
As for anticipations which Daniels has for the season he noted that he wanted to hire Kelp Kalipus who directed the pilot episode as a way of bringing this to a full circle. Consequently, the question of whether Steve Carrell will return as Michael Scott arose. While Daniels did not provide a definitive response, he did essentially mention that although it would definitely be great to have Carrel return he acknowledges that the actor is busy with other projects and therefore this may not necessarily be possible.
What is your response to the show ending this season as well as to the storylines which have been announced? What directions would you like to see the show take in its final season. Sound off on the comments section?