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The Office series finale promo photos + spoilers

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THE OFFICE SAYS GOODBYE IN ITS ONE HOUR SERIES FINALE—GUEST STARRING MINDY KALING, BJ NOVAK, RACHAEL HARRIS, DAKOTA JOHNSON, JOAN CUSACK, ED BEGLEY JR., MALCOLM BARRETT, MATT JONES, ANDY BUCKLEY, MIKE SCHUR, BOBBY RAY SHAFER—Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked. Also starring Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Catherine Tate, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy.

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Love never fails.

It took those three little words to calm The Office's fan base after months of stress, and even anger, over the recent marital troubles of the show's central couple, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer). After almost a whole season of secrets, fighting, crying and even — eek! — couples counseling, the end of last week's episode flashed back to a beautiful moment from "Jam's" Season 6 nuptials and then flashed back to present day and a passionate kiss.

However, with three hourlong episodes still to go ( airing Thursday at 8:30/7:30c on NBC), Jim and Pam aren't out of the woods just yet.

"I remember Greg saying, very smartly, that we have to give the audience something as far as trying to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But I don't think it necessarily answers all the questions as to how they'll solve it," Krasinki told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. "There's a romantic hope that everything will be OK at the end of that episode. And now there's going to have to be a little bit more brass tacks, if you will, as far as getting to understand how this will work. Because Jim needs to figure out what he wants to do with Philly, and Pam needs to figure out how she feels about him doing this for her."

Krasinki, who is also a producer this season, said he enjoyed exploring Jim's ambitious side, which played a bigger role in the show's early years. He pitched the idea of Jim taking a new job in Philadelphia based on his brother's own experience. "At the beginning of his job, he was travelling a lot all over the country for all his different clients. It was definitely a strain on the family in a very new way," Krasinski said. "For me, it was — can you have this perfect relationship go through a split and keep it the same? Which, of course you can't. I said to [showrunner Greg Daniels] it would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well."

The distance — physical and emotional — between Jim and Pam has been one of the comedy's central focuses throughout its final season, which is why mending fences may take a few episodes. "I think Greg was really smart to say we can't just hold this out until the last episode and have people almost getting terrified to the point where they wouldn't enjoy the finale," Krasinski said.

Added Daniels: "We didn't want there to be such anxiety over Jim and Pam that you could think of nothing else during the last episode."


The last episode of The Office, airing on Thursday, May 16 at 9/8c, is so chock-full at the moment that Daniels is hoping to extend the finale beyond its original hourlong running time. "We're trying to get more time and the network's being creative about scraping more time together for us without having us start the finale in a weird time that will cause half the audience to miss the first 10 minutes or something," Daniels said. "We're still hopeful to get slightly more than an hour."

But no matter how much extra time The Office finale may get, Daniels says the last three hourlong episodes combine to make up the show's true final farewell. "My hope is that people will treat the last several episodes as the finale and not force us to do everything in the last episode," Daniels said.


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ljubavirakija 2nd-May-2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
The wedding has to be Michael and Holly!
klutzy_girl 2nd-May-2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Nope, more than 100% convinced it's Dwight and Angela's.
ljubavirakija 2nd-May-2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you're right. Can't believe I forgot about them

Also, it looks like he's sitting at the head of the table in the restaurant still
snoozeen 2nd-May-2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Same.

And I hope Ryan and Kelly hijack it.
bellyroomfan 2nd-May-2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
now that the spin-off isn't happening, i can definitely see this. theirs is a true love that can triumph over anything, imo.
luckycherry_13 2nd-May-2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think so too, but I wish it were Micheal and Holly's. You can see Dwight's house in the background in Kelly and Ryan's picture.
iamglory 2nd-May-2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
100% convinced thanks to the picture of Dwight with wedding cakes.
ohsookie 2nd-May-2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think so too. There is no way they wouldn't get Steve Carrell back for the finale, right?
heyitsokay 2nd-May-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
omg :(
klutzy_girl 2nd-May-2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Am more than 100% convinced that the wedding is Dwight and Angela's! Also feel the same way about Steve Carell and Amy Ryan appearing - It's going to happen. They keep denying Steve's appearance too much.

And there's a TV Guide article scan about the finale and Ryan's holding a baby. No one's sure if it's his, but most people are guessing Dakota Johnson is the mom if it is.

And LOL, what the hell is going on in a few of those pictures?

I hope Jim and Pam moved/are moving to Philly. I don't want them stuck in Scranton and Dunder Mifflin forever.

Oh God, the end's so close and despite it being time to end, I'm not ready for the show to go. And it's weird because this time last year I was ready for a final season renewal. This is going to hurt.
apeshit_x 2nd-May-2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Is Steve Carell part of the finale?
klutzy_girl 2nd-May-2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
They keep denying (vehemently) that he's not appearing, but I'm pretty sure he and Amy Ryan are going to make a surprise cameo.
apeshit_x 2nd-May-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yay I hope you're right.
ljubavirakija 2nd-May-2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
He said no to a surprise appearance; but, I call shenanigans
sophistiquated 2nd-May-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Apparently, he was on set while they were filming the finale. He could have just been visiting, but IDK.
bellyroomfan 2nd-May-2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
thank god this is finally ending. should have happened after jim and pam got together, imo.
norrell 2nd-May-2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Ditto they shoved them together too soon and after that everything just failed
cptcataracts 2nd-May-2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
IA, I like to pretend that is when the show truly ended.
bellyroomfan 2nd-May-2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
yeah, i really think the writing staff painted themselves into a corner with that relationship. cause that relationship was all people really had to hang onto in the show. and all the characters stayed terrible people and never really developed. idk. it just went down hill so fast.
weighty_ghost 2nd-May-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Eh, I disagree. If they stretched it out over 5+ seasons of will they-won't they, it would be infuriating.
struckbyh3arts 2nd-May-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
crying already tbh
calinewarkwc69 2nd-May-2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
YES! I got my cable back right in time.... too bad I missed like... the last 2 seasons before this oops.
anne_renee 2nd-May-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
It has to be Dwight and Angela's wedding. I really hope that Steve shows up. Even if its for a brief moment. I got so excited when they flashbacked to Jim and Pam's wedding and had that shot of Michael.
legenxxdary 2nd-May-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
me too lol! i think another recent episode they were watching footage from the documentary and there was a part with michael and everyone was all excited to see him within the show and it made me so happy!
pieisgood08 2nd-May-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm just excited for Mike Schur. Mose!!
kewljules00799 2nd-May-2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I mean
[Spoiler (click to open)]
we know steve was on set during the finale shoot, but his rep was all "oh but he didn't shoot anything himself" and now THE LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH METHINKS


tl;dr he's totally in the finale
lucifersam 2nd-May-2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
JOAN CUSACK

omg yessss this flawless queen
allysouu 2nd-May-2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
Being amazing on Shameless
mots_inutiles 2nd-May-2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Lol what if she's Angela's sister that she hasn't spoken to in years because of the fight no one can remember or whatever?
crazyfirecrotch 2nd-May-2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
that first still before the cut looks like



i'm sure it's harlem shake or something redic. their take on planking was late but still hilarious. i was so obsessed with this show and now i can't really be bothered to even watch the finale.
heyitsokay 2nd-May-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
no it looks like yoga
wasabi_girl1 2nd-May-2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Can Mindy and BJ just get together irl plz THEY KILL ME
la_petite_singe 2nd-May-2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY. Every time they tweet at each other I'm like :DDDDDDDD
deuxcoeurs 3rd-May-2013 02:27 am (UTC)
MTE. They're killing me with their cute banter.
champagnexdream 2nd-May-2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm going to cry. :[
diggingtrouble 2nd-May-2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
mte i can barely read articles about the finale without getting all misty eyed
champagnexdream 2nd-May-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
The show has been kind of meh for me lately in general but the end of last week's episode I had tears for days and was like OMG THERE'S ONLY LIKE THREE EPISODES LEFT WHY GOD WHY!?!!?
marmar627 3rd-May-2013 12:53 am (UTC)
I thought I was so over the show that I wasn't even going to care anymore, but, yknow, now that it's getting closer, I am getting a little sad.
16_bit_goddess 2nd-May-2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
awwww excited! there's no way michael isn't going to make an appearance in this.
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