|PAM: Everybody, let's take our picture in front of the mural! |
...Oh, I kinda just meant everybody from The Office.
(That's Greg Daniels with his arms around Pam and Clark)
"John Krasinski[,] Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak were pretty confident that we should have a final season. And when they first suggested at the end of season 8, I thought, “Let’s keep trying to go as long as we can.” But as we got it underway, I actually thought it was a great move, and I got really on board because it opened up a lot of stories, and it felt very good to ultimately have an end."
When asked if they'd planned the ending all along, Daniels had this to say:
One of the biggest show-related news stories surrounding the finale was whether or not Steve Carell might return as Michael Scott during the last show. Steve, Daniels, the rest of the cast, the crew and even the network all vehemently denied that he would make any kind of appearance. But about 2 weeks before it aired, TVLine broke the rumor that Michael Scott would return to the show, but only in the form of a cameo.
In retrospect, Daniels said:
He also explained that the network was very hands off about the finale, and that the cast and crew kept the Carell cameo under wraps, even from the network, so it wouldn't leak.
Daniels on his approach to writing the finale:
Lastly, when asked if he tried to leave the story open for a spin-off or movie Daniels said this: