'The Office' Almost Tried to Split Up Jim and Pam


| LAST UPDATE 02/21/2021

By Scarlett Adler
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For anyone who's ever kept up with Dunder Mifflin, you already know that most of the action happened, well, during that 9-5. Perhaps the one exception? Pam and Jim's relationship after hours. But while we can't get enough of The Office power-couple, you might be surprised to learn that they almost didn't happen.

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Well, sort of. According to writer Andy Greene, the Scranton lovebirds were almost forced to call it quits in the 9th and final season of the series. But perhaps the most shocking part? Jim was on board the entire time. That's right. Sorry, Pam.

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"After marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there," actor John Krasinski pointed out to The Office writers. "It would be really interesting to see how [a] split will affect two people that you know so well." Well, how would that alleged split have gone down if he had gotten his way?

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For starters, it would have called for one messy love triangle; Something "extremely risky and high-stakes," as The Office writer Brent Forrester revealed of the alternate ending. But don't worry. Our favorite couple still would've had that fairytale ending... eventually. 

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"There was going to be a reunion episode," Forrester continued. As the story would have gone, Pam and Jim would have split up only to reunite in the series finale. Lucky for us, though, we all know how this story actually ends. And we've got loyal fans to thank for that.

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“We had to pull the ripcord on it because it was so painful to the fans of the show," Brent revealed of their change of heart. "I was like, ‘Wow, we can’t allow this beautiful couple to be really like on the verge of divorce. It’s too awful for them.”

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Safe to say, we couldn't agree more, Brent. In fact, while Roy might feel otherwise, we're certainly very pleased with the way things panned out. And on that note, excuse us. We've got some Office marathons to get back to.