'The Office' finale: Is Will Arnett the Scranton Strangler? Also: Our dream plotline


Along with Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett, NBC has confirmed the addition of Ray Romano, James Spader, and Catherine Tate to The Office‘s May 19 finale. With so much time between new episodes and all this talk of upcoming guest stars, it’s hard not to get carried away with dream plotlines. But what will this epic finale entail? Let’s brainstorm. Come on!

Office writer and star Mindy Kaling may have revealed that Arnett will be portraying the series’ most infamous character, The Scranton Strangler. The network has yet to confirm these casting details to EW, but we’d like to believe Fair Mindy, if only because the sight of Gob Bluth in prison orange would be one we’d love to revisit. My dream backstory for Arnett’s Strangler: He’s traveled the country (by Segway) looking for opportunities to work his tricks and for some loose women to do the same, before becoming discouraged and choosing a life of crime in hopes of regaining the attention of his estranged family. Oh, let’s face it: That’s probably how Gob’s life turned out anyway. (Except I also picture Ann — her? — as the Bonnie to Arnett’s Clyde.)

Now, what I hope to see back in Scranton: Toby lets it slip that he’s serving on the trial of the longstanding local villain, and a chance to watch the dramatic trial in person is something his coworkers can’t pass up. (And during the inevitable post-Michael Scott transition period, what work would they being doing anyway?) The Strangler already has a tailor-made defense: He’s just an illusion, your honor, an ILLUSION. And he’s only just made a huge mistake! To ensure he gets off, his family has wired money to recruit hotshot attorney Bob Loblaw Alan Shore (James Spader), but the two can’t seen to work together because of the competing egos. Ray Barone (Ray Romano), a local sports reporter still adjusting to the NEPA area after falling victim to the recession and media bloodbath in New York, is a key witness to the murders, is subpoenaed by Dwight — who has been dutifully following the serial killer’s every move for the past two seasons and has volunteered his time on the prosecution, in exchange for free nights at Schrute Farms (during off-peak season only).

Well, Office fans? Come on! What do you think of Arnett as the mysterious Scranton Strangler? Is a courtroom showdown what you’d like to see or do you think you can do me one better? How should the writers wrap up this season, and who – if any – of these famous names should take the reins at Dunder Miffin HQ for good?

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  • Sara

    Please tell me John Michael Higgins is assisting Spader.

    • tracy bluth

      Wayne Jarvis…he’s serious.
      I guess they can’t get Andy Griffith though, since it costs so much just to get him to twice lean over and whisper in your ear (white suit costs extra).

  • Karate Pants

    Huh. I thought Toby was the Scranton strangler.

  • Nathaniel

    And then the Doctor appears, with Donna in tow.

  • tracy bluth

    Awesome, though my theory was that Timothy Olyphant’s character was the Scranton Strangler (why else would they haven only used him for two episodes?)

    • adam

      I think he’s a traveling salesman, like Todd Packer.

    • Jeni B

      That would be pretty awesome actually.

  • Person

    What season of office is this

    • adam

      7th season.

  • tnsmoke

    I’m still hoping Will Arnett is the new permanent boss of the Scranton branch. I’d love to see him flirting with Pam and driving Jim crazy….lol. It takes a lot of stars to fill Steve’s shoes in the 4 episodes he wont’t be in. I still love this show and believe in the writers.

  • Melanie

    and Catherine Tate plays David Brent’s wife who is not bovered by the Scranton Strangler and becomes the new manager. Thus, we will get occasional appearances by Ricky, and see a woman in charge of the Office for a change!

  • banana

    I’m so confused. I thought they already shot Steve’s last episode. So your telling me he isn’t in the finale???? Someone please explain….

    • Katja

      Steve Carrell is not in the finale, nor is he in the last 4 episodes of the season (I believe). For whatever reason, the writers decided that Michael Scott would actually leave the office before the season finale. One would think that his exit would be a great finale, but maybe they figured the transition to a Carrell-less office would go better if they tried integrating new characters and storylines into the current season while people are still interested and buzzing about it. If Michael left in the finale and the future of the office (and The Office) was still up in the air all summer long, people might lose interest or be more inclined to say “ehh, I’m not watching without Michael Scott, it’ll probably suck” and less inclined to tune in.

  • godzilla_foil

    Who’s the least exciting of the five? It’s obviously Catherine Tate. Therefore, she’s the new boss.

    • donna

      Catherine Tate is the MOST exciting! I really hope it’s her. And I hope she and Will Arnett have plenty of scenes together in the finale because the two of them together would be brilliant.

  • cft925

    Maybe the Scranton Strangler will get to meet Prison Mike on the “inside.”

  • Dolly

    Creed should be The Strangler.
    And Darryl should replace Michael.
    Is there any way Gervais might join full time? He’s great.

  • michael

    hell no. Will Arnett has to replace Steve Carell. HE HAS TO.

  • gabriel lytle

    If Will Arnett is just the same GOB “President” (all title, no work, all games, no “key decisions”) then I would adore it.

    I mean, COME ON Jim, why don’t I just take a wiz through this $5,000 suit!?!

  • Jen

    Instead of Gob Bluth, I think he should be Devon Banks. His first line in prison could be ‘Now who wants their num-nums?’

  • Anthony Burkert

    Illusions, Emily Exton!

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