Fox News — John Krasinski saved “The Office” characters Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly’s relationship after the show’s writers wanted them to break up in season 9.
In the book “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s,” author Andy Greene said the show creator, Greg Daniels, wanted to break up Halpert and Beesly in season 9 with a cheating scandal, Collider reported. The characters went public with their relationship in season 4.
One of “The Office” writers, Owen Ellickson, revealed the secret alternate ending in the book.
They didn’t move forward with the plan because of Krasinski, now 40, who played Halpert.
“We had to pull the ripcord on it because it was so painful to the fans of the show. John Krasinski said to me, 'Brent, this final season is for the ultra fans of the show. They're the only ones really still left watching, right? This is for them. Jim and Pam splitting up is too painful for them to sustain all the way to the reunion. We have to get them back together immediately,’” show writer Brent Forrester claimed in the book.
He added: “I was like, 'Wow, we can't allow this beautiful couple to really be like on the verge of divorce. It's too awful for them.'”
Thank God John Krasinski stepped in and prevented this atrocity from befalling America and creating a Game of Thrones-like ending to the greatest sitcom of a generation. I can't believe this nonsense was ever entertained.
I like the post-Michael Scott seasons of The Office more than most people, but this would have taken the show and driven it straight into a lake.
I can't believe Greg Daniels built an entire story around two characters spending years falling in love, getting married and having children just to be like, "You know what? Let's blow this shit up."
And I'm even willing to listen to the Jim and Pam truthers who insist Jim should have stayed with Karen because she worshipped the ground he walked on while Pam wouldn't pay attention to him — this would have been the right call in the short term but a disaster for a long-term relationship. But Pam was always the answer.
It's bad enough the show insinuated Pam even kind of had feelings for Brian the Sound Guy at all just because he listened to her cry about Jim once at the lowest point of their relationship. But if she actually left Jim Halpert — who built his entire life around her and was willing to give up the job of his dreams just to be with her — for BRIAN THE SOUND GUY, The Office would have joined Game of Thrones as my two favorite shows ever which were both ruined by idiotic decisions in their final seasons.
Thank you so much, John Kransinski, for preventing this colossal tragedy and long live Jim and Pam.