The The Office series finale was already given a super-sized one-hour episode so fans could say goodbye to the employees of Dunder-Mifflin the right way, and now fans can hold onto the show just a little longer, as NBC has announced that the final episode of The Office has just been extended by 15 minutes, with Hannibal following after the finale with limited commercial interruption.
The series finale has been buzzed about quite a bit lately after the synopsis of the episode explained, "Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked."
Guest stars include once series regulars and writers B.J. Novak (Ryan) and Mindy Kaling (Kelly), along with new faces like Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur and Bobby Ray Shafer. Just recently it was confirmed that Steve Carell would have some kind of role in the finale, but rather than being a big part, he would only have a small cameo. That kind of dashed our hopes of seeing Michael Scott and Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) tie the knot for the finale, but anything can happen.
As of now, we're expecting the aforementioned wedding to likely be that of Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey), which should make one of those pranks being "prunked" pretty great - especially coming from Jim Halpert (John Krasinski). But maybe this last 15 minutes means we'll get a little bit more Carell in the finale?
It would be quite a treat for fans, and would make the send-off even sweeter. Either way, it's going to be a bittersweet farewell to Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton and Craig Robinson. More recent cast members like Catherine Tate, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy also deserve some love, but the rest of the squad has been at Dunder-Mifflin for many years.
The Office series finale airs May 16th @ 9/8c on NBC