After the last few seasons of The Office saw an increasingly divided fanbase, the long-running sitcom-mockumentary will finally end next year. The spirit of the show briefly saw the possibility of carrying on with Rainn Wilson’s proposed spinoff, The Farm, which would have seen office weirdo Dwight Schrute taking the reins of his family beet farm.

For fans not yet ready to see The Office‘s fictional universe disappear, NBC unfortunately declined to purchase any episodes of The Farm beyond its pilot. However, a recent announcement indicates that the world will end up seeing just what Wilson had planned for the Schrute Farm, as the show’s pilot will be aired next year as part of the final farewell to The Office.

TV Line has confirmed that a slightly retooled version of The Farm‘s pilot episode will appear on NBC before the series finale of The Office. Showrunner Greg Daniels (Parks and Recreation) has stated that – despite NBC passing on a full Farm series, the network wants to show the pilot as part of the final farewell to one of its all-time most successful sitcoms.

Though cagey on the details, Daniels acknowledges that extra material will be filmed so that The Farm will conform more elegantly to the structure of The Office‘s final episodes. There is some speculation that this material will involve the final fate of the off-kilter romance between Dwight and Angela (Angela Kinsey). Whether this means that the pair will ride off into a beet-filled future together should provide for fine online debate fodder.

Though it’s no doubt fine news to fans once eager to see the continuing misadventures of Dwight Schrute in a rural setting, news of The Farm‘s pilot airing must be bittersweet to those who put in the effort to produce it. At the very least, a wide audience will be able to experience Rainn Wilson and company’s comedic vision. However, even if viewers are enthusiastic about the episode, it will be unfortunate that we’ll never see exactly where that vision might have led.

The Farm‘s retooled pilot episode will air next spring. The Office will begin its final run of episodes on January 10, 2013.

Source: TV Line