‘The Office’: This Is ‘the Only Thing That Helped’ the Cast Cope With the Series Finale

Spanning nine seasons and 201 episodes, The Office is largely considered to be on of the best TV comedies of the age. Thanks to Netflix, new people are discovering the documentary-style show every day. In fact, the popularity of The Office today actually eclipses the popularity it had during the eight years that it had while it was on the air. While the show is certainly special for fans, it was even more special to the cast.

The Office cast members Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski
Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Given that The Office boasted a very large ensemble cast, there were tons of personalities on set. While that could have been a problem, the cast of The Office actually got along famously. In fact, they are all still in communication today. The cast has been particularly outspoken about how special and memorable the show was for them. In fact, some cast members are currently revisiting the show and their infamous characters via podcasts and even a potential spinoff show.

‘The Office’ cast was incredibly tight-knit

Because the cast was so tight-knit, it made it particularly difficult for them to say goodbye to one another and the show. Though the actors, producers, writers, and showrunners collectively decided that season nine was a natural stopping place for The Office, it didn’t make the ending any easier for them to film. In an interview with Daily Actor, director and actor, John Krasinski (who plays Jim Halpert in the show) spoke about how difficult it was for the cast to film the final episode.

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John Krasinski reflects on saying goodbye to the show in the series finale

Krasinski shared that there was really no way he could put into words what the cast felt when The Office officially ended. “It’s a life-changing event and there’s just no way to describe it,” Krasinski confessed. “It’s not like ending college. It’s not like anything, really. It’s a part of your life that defined you, and to have it go away is so incredibly bittersweet.”

But just how did the cast manage to cope with the end of The Office? According to Krasinski, the cast understood that having the opportunity to even record a series finale and end the show on their own terms was special. “I think the only thing that helped us all is that we’re so proud of the work and that we’re so proud that we got to have a Series Finale,” Krasinski shared. “You know, I think that we – you know that’s a very rare thing.”

The legacy of ‘The Office’

The Office alum added that knowing that he and his castmates had done incredible work and left a legacy also helped them deal with the excess feelings. Considering that the show is still well-known and well-loved today, we’d have to agree with Krasinski that the cast did some brilliant work throughout the show’s nine seasons.