The Office Season 9 Almost Broke Up The Show’s Most Important Couple


Jim and Pam’s relationship on The Office was a candy component that helped the present blossom. In the present’s ultimate season, the couple faces a number of challenges as Jim’s new job takes him away from his household in Scranton, and Pam confides in Brian, a digicam man who has been filming the in-world documentary in regards to the workplace.

But whereas the 2 work by their difficulties and stick collectively, the unique plan was going to ship them down a a lot rockier highway. Collider is reporting that, in response to Andy Greene’s new guide The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Jim and Pam have been going to be break up up in the course of the season, earlier than ultimately reuniting within the finale.

The guide says that Jim’s actor John Krasinski had raised the potential of their characters going by a break up to showrunner Greg Daniels earlier than the filming of the ultimate season, however the DNA of this concept goes again a lot additional. One of the present’s writers, Warren Lieberstein, remembers the concept being floated throughout a gathering round Season 5. “I think Mindy [Kaling] was the first or one of the first champions of it,” he mentioned. “The idea was to introduce some romantic triangle with Jim when they were such soul mates that you had to say, ‘How could she possibly be interested in somebody else?'”

This ultimately changed into the Brian plot within the ultimate season, as that plan made probably the most sense: “What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?,” as Lieberstein places it.

Writer Brent Forrester says that this plan didn’t go far, although, as they realized that it could be too exhausting on the followers that had caught with them for therefore lengthy. He recollects that Krasinski had mentioned as a lot to him: “Brent, this final season is for the ultra fans of the show. They’re the only ones really still left watching, right? This is for them. Jim and Pam splitting up is too painful for them to sustain all the way to the reunion. We have to get them back together immediately.”

Fan reactions in the direction of Brian and the marital issues that have been labored into the plot have been largely destructive, and so it was determined that Jim and Pam wouldn’t break up up earlier than reconciling within the finale.

Another main reveal from the guide is that Steve Carell doubtless would have stuck around for longer if anybody on the manufacturing aspect had requested him to. A reboot of The Office is reportedly being planned, though nothing concrete has been introduced yet–unlike the Friends reunion that’s occurring on HBO Max.