Steve Carell Returning for ‘The Office’ Finale?

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With The Office series finale rapidly approaching, die-hard Dunder Mifflinites are resigning to the fact that they will only get to see the beloved characters of the popular NBC show a few more times before their favorite paper company branch closes its doors for good. Even NBC realizes how tough it will be for fans to let go, as the network has recently kicked off a 10-episode Webseries titled The Office: Farewells, which will give viewers a chance to say a tearful goodbye to their favorite characters and the actors who portrayed them with behind-the-scenes interviews and memorable clips from the show.

The Office: Farewells will likely give fans some closure, but there’s no question that almost any fan devoted to the show from the beginning would love nothing more than to see Steve Carell return as Michael Scott one last time – and fortunately, there’s still a chance it could happen.

Despite announcing months ago that Carell was unlikely to return for the finale, NBC and the show’s producers are still attempting to convince him to reprise his role as Scott one more time. TV Line is reporting that though there is no confirmation one way or the other, an NBC spokesperson teased “Don’t rule anything out”, but would not comment further.

Even if NBC was successful in coaxing Carell into a cameo for the hour-long finale, it’s unlikely that it would ruin the surprise. However, Carell’s personal representative did let some telling information slip, saying that Carell was on the set for the final episode, but did not shoot any scenes.

Carell could have been on set for a variety of reasons, including visiting old friends, but since he is not involved with the show in any capacity at the moment, one can only wonder why he would be there if he wasn’t shooting his much-anticipated return scene.

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It’s also interesting that the network is suddenly refusing to confirm or deny his return and is instead dropping cryptic hints that seem to be designed to get fans to tune in to the finale. Obviously, it wants a massive viewership for the final episode, but it surely doesn’t want to disappoint those who have invested so much in the series and the characters.

Most fans can respect that Carell left the show on his own terms – as he felt Michael Scott had completed his character arc and was satisfied with the character’s exit –  but there’s no question that they would be absolutely delighted to see him again – and one could imagine that Carell wouldn’t want to disappoint, either.

Do you think Steve Carell will return for The Office series finale? And should he?


Tune in to see if Michael Scott makes an appearance on the final episode of The Office, which airs May 16, 2013 on NBC.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Man I hope so… the show hasn’t been the same since he left.

  2. Haven’t watched the seasons without him. I said from day one the last episode should be his wedding.

  3. I’m surprised the show has been so good since he left. There was definitely a drop in quality, but it wasn’t the toilet I expected it to be after his leaving.

    He should come back for the finale. If Michael rosenbaum can get back for the smallville finale, so can Steve carel

  4. Carell has to return. It’d be like having the last episode without David Brent back in 2003.

  5. Wow, I thought this mess of a show was off the air a couple of years ago. Huh.

  6. Carrell will undoubtedly, 100% return to the show. That is a fact. Whether he is an integral part of the finale however I am not so sure about.

    Realistically, Michael Scott defined and made the show what it is today. Yes, he has been out these last two seasons but the show should focus largely on his character and his post Dunder Mifflin life in the finale.

    I too agree that a Michael Scott wedding would be the absolute best way to go out, without a question. Make it an hour long episode and satisfy the fans.

    I think that they should have Dunder Mifflin go under, for real, in the last few episodes and then have Jim’s new start up, which will be doing well, expand and open up a workspace in Scranton where Jim runs the office and hires all the people from the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch thereby resolving the tension between Pam and Jim and simultaneously paving the way for the upcoming years for the beloved characters. Of course not everyone would stay aboard: Stanley might retire, Phylis might move with her husband, etc. Would be a satisfying conclusion I think.

    As for the past few seasons, while the quality has not been as good as when Steve Carrell was around, it really has not dropped too substantially (very surprising). There have been a lot of good moments these past few seasons and since Carrell left we have had a chance to grow closer with the other characters.

    Def love this show and will miss it when its off the air….sure in some way this show will be rebooted years down the line tho

  7. Yes he most certainly should, he made the show what it is and is lacking without him, plus it helped launch his incredibly successful career so far. He owes fans one last episode.

  8. Why do you think the show is going OFF the air in the first place? decling ratings since he left, a lot of the new material they wrote for the less-known characters (who weren’t the spotlight of the show like Steve was) are looking more and more like side-show characters than anything else.

    It’s a sad sad day for people, like me who like this show so much, and try to like it even without his involvement.

    It’s literally like Ricky Gervias leaving his own show. It’d bomb horribly.
    If they do have him set to return, I’d also like to see his Wedding, that’d be interesting.

  9. Did anyone think last weeks episode was really good. it was the most i laughed this season

  10. Absolutely, he should.

  11. I still wish they made Vince Vaughn the new boss.

  12. Who cares. The show isn’t funny, nor has it ever been.

  13. Steve Carell did almost 7 whole seasons of the 9 seasons of the office. He was the main character and one of the reasons the show was such a success. He was as much a part of the show as the show was a part of him.

    He mentioned in an interview that it wouldn’t really make sense for his character to come back but he was definitely looking at being on set during filming of the final episode/s to be with his former cast mates and be there when it all ends.

    I’m not saying he definitely WONT be in the last episode in some manner (it’s definitely possible) but I think it’s unlikely.

  14. Yes. Michael and Holly should fly back to Scranton to get married…or at least have The Office team fly to Colorado for it.

    • I’m sorry, but that sounds awful.

      I think it was the writers and producers trying to recapture the pam/jim chemistry that eventually turned this show into a sappy Rom/Com and killed it.

      Just my thoughts though

  15. You know, I thought he wasn’t coming back….but now that I think about it, it would only make sense for the Office to completely ruin the finale….by bringing him back and butchering the ending.

    Show shoulda ended years ago. I feel bad that Michael had to leave initially on such a sappy note. I hope he can get a funnier opportunity to say goodbye, but again, knowing this show….they’ll ruin another ending.

    And no, I won’t be watching…with or without Steve. Sadly this show got so bad it’s hard to even watch the good reruns

  16. It should just flash to him in the end, watching the documentary with Holly… with a baby in their arms.

  17. The last scene should be Michael watching the documentary with Holly, holding their baby. End scene with Michael smiling.

    The end.

  18. All these dudes wishing they could see Michael Scott get married…

    It’s just disturbing on so many levels. Go read a Nicholas Sparks book or something.

  19. omg I would LOVEEEE to see Michael return for the final episode I think all the fans can agree the show hasn’t been the same without him and it would be nice to see a follow up on him and holly’s marriage . also can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with all the other characters esp Jim and Pam ! I’m sad the show is going off but there will always be re- runs ..

  20. We’ve spent that last two seasons building stories around the current characters. It would be great to have Michael back, but the episode shouldn’t focus around him.

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