After nine seasons, The Office series finale will give the employees of Dunder Mifflin the opportunity to say goodbye to their documentary, which airs this Thursday. We look back at the relationships and moments that made this show so special.

The Office took the mockumentary format that before 2004 was rarely, if at all, a viable television show concept. Over time we’ve come to love these quirky characters: Phyllis with her knitting, Angela with her cats, Creed with his, well, at times, suspicious activity, and Meredith and Kevin and Toby, the list goes on. The humor wasn’t in your face; it was every day, real-life, happens-to-real-people-sometimes humor thrown in with some wacky oh-no-Dwight-set-the-office-on-fire stuff.

Without further adieu, let’s commemorate the folks of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company before The Office finale. We should note that we talk about all nine seasons, so proceed with caution if you’re binging on Netflix right now – though we did mark specific spoilers from last week’s episode.

It should also be noted that there was too much material to adequately cover all nine seasons in this post. It’s hard to sum up all the plot twists and turns and appearances and revelations without writing pages upon pages of material. Think we missed an absolutely important aspect of the show? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Michael Scott

He might have left a couple seasons ago, but Steve Carell’s Michael Scott became somewhat of a pop-culture icon, known for his perplexing, funny, and sometimes heartwarming quotes (see below).

The show found it’s footing in its ensemble cast, however it was Michael Scott, manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch, who became the break-out character the viewers tuned in for. In his quest to be universally liked by everyone in the office, his antics and silly personality often bordered on irritatingly childish or gullible. But when it came down to it, Michael was always there for his employees, ready to give advice (see: his conversation with Jim in the season one episode, “Booze Cruise”) or a supportive hug (see: his attendance of Pam’s art show in the season three episode, “Business School”). There’s no doubt the show suffered once Carell left, because no matter how hard a string of big names tried to replace him, Michael Scott could never be replaced. He also often had the most ridiculous, and therefore, gif-able lines.

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The relationships

Jim/Pam

Where to begin with these two. At the beginning, I suppose. Throughout seasons one and two, Pam was engaged to jerk-wad Roy while Jim was forced to watch on the sidelines. Then there was the intimate season two finale kiss that gave Jam shippers hope for these two. But our hopes are dashed in the season three premiere when it’s realized Jim had transferred to a different branch in an effort to distance himself from the pain of watching Pam and Roy continue on with their wedding – which Pam had broken off. Great – they’re both single! But wait! Enter Karen, (Rashida Jones, the reason why a Parks and Rec and Office crossover can never happen) Jim’s new girlfriend, who stays throughout season three. She leaves – well, technically Jim ditches her – in the finale when he adorably interrupts one of Pam’s confessional sessions to ask her out to dinner. Ah, young love.

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Season four passes for these two largely without incident, as they continue to develop their relationship. It’s not until the season five premiere Jim proposes to Pam at an unconventional time and location, but it’s passionate and works for these two. During the finale (major Jim/Pam moments seem to book-end the seasons), it’s covertly revealed that Pam is pregnant. Season six was a doozy for these two: they get married in the middle of the season in a spectacular television wedding, and then a few episodes later welcome their first child, Cecilia, into the world. As season seven blends into season eight, they realize they’ve become the boring married couple. But, they’re still in love and adorable. Still, they have a second kid, and things become routine.

Which brings us to the current, and final season. The show waited nine seasons to inject some drama into this relationship, after smooth sailing for so long, Jim and Pam have been doubting themselves and their marriage throughout the season, leaving viewers to think about the possibility of a divorce. Hopefully, the finale doesn’t have any big surprises for these two, but [spoiler] after last week’s tear-inducing final ten minutes that included a montage of their romance, and Jim talking to Dwight about love, I believe they’re going to be okay. They have to be. They’re Jim and Pam.

It was during season seven that the show’s quality began to suffer (and you can dispute me on that, it’s a opinion, though a widely-accepted one), as it coincided with the expansion of a cast of weaker characters (Gabe, Jo) and the departure of Michael Scott.

Dwight/Angela

Without over-simplifying it, these two have been on a nine-season-long lovers tryst. Stolen kisses and other ahem things happened most frequently in the dark corners of the warehouse during office hours, while the documentary film “cameras” were stil rolling. While they often dated other people, it was usually in an attempt to get a jealous rise out of one another. When Angela gave birth to son, Philip, at the beginning of season nine, the show duped viewers into believing it was a Schrute baby, but the paternal test results concluded otherwise she denied he was Dwight’s, but if you watched last week’s episode, [spoiler] you’d know that Angela confessed, Dwight is a dadddy! Cue their road-side engagement (also reminiscent of Jim and Pam’s in season five.)

Andy/Erin & Pete/Erin

When Ellie Kemper joined the cast in season five, she played the naive, innocent secretary part perfectly. Her chemistry with Ed Helm’s Andy was apparent and their courtship injected some energy into the show. Over the past four seasons, they’ve been on-again, off-again partners, until Andy took the three-month boat trip earlier this season, and Pete entered the picture.

The Office has done something that was either well or ill received this season – bring the show around full circle. If all ends well, we’ll see the receptionist and sales guy embarking on a new life together. A storyline that is too similar to Jim and Pam’s to be coincidental.

Jim/Dwight

While these two originally seemed to be more nemeses than friends in the workplace, with the endless pranks on Jim’s side, and Dwight’s endless search for more power than his counterpart, there’s been a shift over the years as they became comrades, partners in crime, and eventually, strangely, close friends. Jim comforted Dwight when Angela agrees to date Andy in season four, arguably the turning point in their friendship that went from occasional competitors on the sales team, to having one another’s backs.

Jim’s Pranks

They started in the pilot and haven’t stopped. Here are a few of the classics.

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And then there was the one episode Jim and Dwight engaged in a massive prank battle and, in a role-reversal, Dwight pranked Jim for once.

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Quotables

That’s what she said

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Ain’t no party like a Scranton party because a Scranton party don’t stop.

Jim’s deadpanned looks to the camera.

After this became a thing on the show, just like the inner-monologue from JD on Scrubs, many people (this author included) pretended their lives were being filmed for the camera. Sometimes it’s fun to just look off into the distance and give a half-smile, and a shrug of the shoulders.

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This article could have been a lot longer, and we could’ve dedicated much more time to all the relationships and friendships and memories from the show. If the penultimate episode is any indicator, The Office finale this Thursday is going to be filled with heart-warming moments, and tears, lots and lots of tears.

Be sure to watch the hour-long retrospective at 8pm and the “supersized” 75-minute finale this Thursday on NBC.

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That they are, Jim, that they are.

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Gilmore Girls‘ final four words left Rory’s story on quite the cliffhanger. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino breaks down what it all means.

After years of waiting, the Gilmore Girls revival gave fans the highly anticipated final four words. They delivered a shocking revelation for Rory, while bringing the series full-circle. Fans (and some writers) were left confused and angry, while some felt oddly satisfied.

But what exactly did Amy Sherman-Palladino have in mind for those four words all those years ago? And what do they mean now for the future of the show as it stands?

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Gilmore Girls‘ final four words left Rory’s story on quite the cliffhanger. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino breaks down what it all means.

After years of waiting, the Gilmore Girls revival gave fans the highly anticipated final four words. They delivered a shocking revelation for Rory, while bringing the series full-circle. Fans (and some writers) were left confused and angry, while some felt oddly satisfied.

But what exactly did Amy Sherman-Palladino have in mind for those four words all those years ago? And what do they mean now for the future of the show as it stands?

Could ‘Gilmore Girls’ feature an abortion?

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Never say never. That is the motto of Amy Sherman-Palladino after she went from saying “no” to a Gilmore Girls movie years ago to witnessing a revival come to life. The creator mentions to Buzzfeed that Rory is at a crossroads. “I think that somebody as smart as Rory is going to take a step back and look at all the angles, and then make her decision, because it’s too important a job to make the wrong decision when it comes to kids,” Sherman-Palladino comments.

Rory’s original story arc saw her entering this pregnancy at 22. Fresh out of college, the world was at her feet.

But, even at 32, Rory is just as unstable as ever. This is partially due to the fact that Amy Sherman-Palladino had to get her character back to the state of life she originally pictured Rory hitting.

A Year in the Life highlights how much growing up Rory still needs to do. She is no spring chicken who can rely on one good piece of writing to get her through the door. Rory always pushed the olive branch life extended to her until this point. Finally, it gave out and snapped back. The final four words sent her tumbling into reality.

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Sherman-Palladino acknowledges that Rory must consider who she is and how that will affect the well-being of her child. Even though 32 is certainly not as young as 22, Palladino notes, “32 is frickin’ young, man.”

Lane’s pregnancy gave away a piece of the story that Sherman-Palladino hoped would belong to Rory. However, it did not ruin her master plan by any means. Speaking to TV Line, the creator adds, “By the way, Rory doesn’t have to keep the baby. There are choices here that she can make. It’s just the left turn. It’s that curveball that life throws you. I will say, weirdly, that I like it much more now.”

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Not many series take the leap into tackling abortion. However, the few that do, namely Jane the Virgin‘s Xo story arc, approach it from a place of care and consequence. While religion plays a large role in Jane, the well-being of the mother, quality of life for the child, and emotional ramifications of the decision are universal circumstances.

Gilmore Girls viewers may not ever see the decision Rory makes in regards to her future.

It’s less about the boy and more about the mom

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Team Logan, Team Jess, Team Dean, Team Paul (if you exist) can all put down their fighting arms. Sorry, but the next step for Rory in this moment is not obsession about a boy, but an examination of her options.

Sherman-Palladino goes on to say to TV Line, “Her discussion with Lorelai is going to be about, ‘What do I do? Where do I go from here?’ It’s not going to be about, ‘I can’t believe it’s this boy that wound up [being the father].'”

There are no cliffhangers

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Wait… what? You read that correctly. Amy Sherman-Palladino believes that the series left questions, sure, but it is closed for now. The final four words were meant to be — say it with me now — the final four words.

Finally, Emily finds some happiness in her darkest days spearing imaginary whales. Meanwhile, Lorelai lingers in her post-marital bliss. But Rory’s story does not close a chapter at all. Instead, a new chapter of her story at the same age as we found Lorelai all those years ago.

The cyclical nature of Gilmore Girls is a comfort to some, but not all. How do you feel?

Tris and Four’s story isn’t over just yet. A Divergent epilogue is on the way from series author Veronica Roth.

The Divergent epilogue is titled We Can Be Mended and will be released in January 2017. It’s “a short story that gives a glimpse into Four’s life five years after the conclusion of the Divergent series,” according to Veronica’s website.

It won’t be too easy to get, at least initially. We Can Be Mended will be sent as a printed book to those who pre-order Roth’s upcoming book Carve the Mark, which is set to be released on January 17.

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Tris and Four’s story isn’t over just yet. A Divergent epilogue is on the way from series author Veronica Roth.

The Divergent epilogue is titled We Can Be Mended and will be released in January 2017. It’s “a short story that gives a glimpse into Four’s life five years after the conclusion of the Divergent series,” according to Veronica’s website.

It won’t be too easy to get, at least initially. We Can Be Mended will be sent as a printed book to those who pre-order Roth’s upcoming book Carve the Mark, which is set to be released on January 17.

To get the Divergent epilogue you must upload a copy of your Carve the Mark receipt on this website. The epilogue will be sent 4-6 weeks after Carve the Mark’s publication.

Here’s the cover (notice the Ferris wheel?):

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‘Divergent’ epilogue plot

“A little while ago, my editor asked me if I had anything special written because she wanted to offer something to people who pre-ordered Carve the Mark since they’re usually the same people who supported the Divergent books so much,” said Roth on Tumblr. “I told her that I did have something written.”

“I’ve always said that the Divergent series felt complete to me, but a little while ago, I realized there was still some of the story I had left untold. So I wrote something just for myself about what Tobias had been up to in the years after Allegiant.”

Allegiant was published in 2013, and a collection of short stories starring Four was published the following summer. This’ll be the fifth short story Roth has published from the world of Divergent.

It’ll be interesting to see what’s going on in Four’s world so long after losing Tris. Will everything be okay? HAS HE FOUND A NEW GIRL? We could all use a little hope right now!

Maybe Lionsgate will use the new information to help adapt their fourth and final Divergent movie, which is titled Ascendant and may or may not be filmed for a television release.

Related: It’s perfectly fine for Shailene Woodley to bail on the final Divergent movie; In fact, she’s smarter for it

Carve the Mark is the first in a new series. The book’s trailer was unveiled earlier this week.

Sense8 season 2 appears to be gearing up to release its first episode in a matter of weeks.

This morning, readers at SpoilerTV noticed that Sense8‘s Netflix page had been updated with news of a certain Sense8 Christmas Special:

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Sense8 season 2 appears to be gearing up to release its first episode in a matter of weeks.

This morning, readers at SpoilerTV noticed that Sense8‘s Netflix page had been updated with news of a certain Sense8 Christmas Special:

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‘Sense8’ season 2 release date

The Sense8 Christmas Special release date appears to be set for Friday, December 23. The message has since disappeared from the show’s Netflix page.

Related: Sense8 sets a new standard for diversity on TV

Murmurs of a Christmas Special have been around for some time, but this “accidental” announcement is the first time we have direct confirmation from Netflix.

In April, actress Jamie Clayton, who stars as Nomi Marks, essentially confirmed the Sense8 season 2 Christmas episode news:

Then there was this photo from Daryl Hannah (who plays Angel). The script says Sense8 season 2, episode 1 is a “Christmas Special”:


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Despite an official announcement, it definitely seems like a Sense8 season 2 episode is coming soon. With the Christmas Special premiering on the Friday before the major holiday, we’re sure the “surprise” episode will have lots of people curling up on the couch and tuning in.

It’s unlike Netflix to release a single new episode of the season. They’re best known for dropping an entire season at once and letting viewers binge as they please.

Lana and Lilly Wachowski‘s original Netflix series, starring eight characters who can telepathically experience each other’s lives, was a hit from its summer 2015 launch. Naturally, fans have been growing increasingly eager for a new round of episodes as the wait grows longer and longer. Not even Netflix usually makes us wait for longer than a year between new seasons of shows.

The Christmas Special is rumored to premiere at a Comic-Con in Brazil in early December. The rest of season 2 is expected in early 2017.

Get ready!

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