Call them predictions, spoilers or educated guesses, but here are some things you’ll probably see on the upcoming final season of ‘The Office’
Andy’s new attitude
In the season opener, Andy (Ed Helms) has just returned from a summer of Outward Bound leadership training, and comes back to Dunder Mifflin with an aggressive new attitude. His first mission: to torment Nellie (Catherine Tate) to the point that she becomes so frustrated that she’ll quit. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Nellie won’t let him get to her, since Tate is signed on for the entire season.
Say so long to Kelly
Now that Mindy Kaling is starring in her own series on Fox, The Mindy Project, this sadly means we’ll be bidding farewell to customer-service rep Kelly Kapoor. As it turns out, Kelly had a somewhat unique method of dealing with customer complaints: she completely ignored them! When she exits Dunder Mifflin, she leaves behind more than 4,000 unanswered voicemails from irate customers.
Meet the newbies
Prepare to see a couple of familiar faces at the Scranton branch: Pete (Jake Lacy of Better With You) and Clark (Clark Duke of Hot Tub Time Machine), who’ve been hired to clean up Kelly’s mess by going through all those customer complaints. The two new hires aren’t exactly welcomed with open arms, especially by Andy, who gives them the less-than-flattering nicknames “Plop” and “Dwight Jr.”
Exec producer Greg Daniels has cryptically noted that there will be “relationship arcs” for some characters, and one of these is likely to involve Angela (Angela Kinsey) and the maybe-father of her baby, Dwight (Rainn Wilson). Kinsey confirmed this in an interview with E!, hinting that “right out of the gate, some Dwight-Angela stuff happens with the baby. Who’s my baby-daddy?”
Andy reveals his famous — and unlikely — relative
In an upcoming episode, Andy discovers he’s related to First Lady Michelle Obama, and revels in no longer being the whitest white guy in America. Andy’s new “blackness” doesn’t go over particularly well with Daryl, who’s just been promoted to assistant regional manager (not assistant to the regional manager, by the way).
Dwight will quit and go to work on The Farm
The Office is bowing out, but its spin-off may just be starting. A special episode scheduled for sometime next year will serve as a backdoor pilot to set up a potential new series called The Farm, focusing on Dwight and his wacky family after he leaves Dunder Mifflin to work at his bed and breakfast/beet farm. If the episode/pilot hits the mark, expect to see The Farm on NBC next fall.
An Emmy-winning actor will direct the season’s ninth episode: Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. Not much is known about the episode yet, other than it’s called “Work Bus.” If the actors appear more jittery than usual, don’t be alarmed; it’s probably just the blue meth.
The truth about that Dunder Mifflin documentary
One of the more intriguing tidbits about the final season is that we’ll finally find out exactly what the deal is with that documentary film crew that’s been filming the Dunder Mifflin for the past eight years (can you imagine how much footage they must have?). Before the season is over, we’ll meet the filmmakers, find out why they’re shooting this thing, and if/when it’s ever going to be finished.
Michael Scott will return…or not
Will Michael Scott make one final trip back to Scranton? Exec producer Greg Daniels says he’s keeping that option open, but former Office star Steve Carell has gone on record as saying he thinks it’s a bad idea. “I think the people who say they want to see Michael Scott reappear would be ultimately slightly disappointed,” Carell told the Los Angeles Times. “I think you always wish for something that you don’t sincerely want to come true. And I think in a way it’s better to imagine where Michael and Holly are at this point than actually see it.” Personally, I’m on the fence; as much as I’d be jazzed to see Carell in The Office one more time, I worry that it just won’t be able to top his exit from the show, which was just about as perfect as it gets.
The season premiere of THE OFFICE airs Thursday, September 20 at 8.30 p.m. on Global