It’s finally here, Office fans: the beginning of the end. In tonight’s episode, “Training Day,” Michael Scott starts preparing to leave Scranton for good — and his replacement, an allergy-plagued manager named Deangelo Vickers who’s played by some guy named Will Ferrell, will arrive. The entirety of Season 7 has been leading toward this moment, so there’s just a little pressure for the show to get it right.
The people who actually work at The Office, of course, have nothing but praise for their newest guest star (who just might stick around). “Of course, I knew I was about to work with someone who was very funny, but I wasn’t prepared for just how incredibly funny he was all the time — how he could just look at you and do something with his face that was just a little bit off, and you can’t really keep it together,” exec producer and co-star Paul Lieberstein tells EW. “It just blew my mind.” I, for one, can’t wait to see Ferrell back on the small screen — this might be the next best thing to getting a new Luvvahs sketch. At the same time, though, I’m hoping Ferrell’s character isn’t too over-the-top; Lieberstein described him as “inconsistently mannered” and “passionate,” which makes it sound like Deangelo could end up being a Michael Scott clone.
What do you think, PopWatchers — how excited are you for tonight’s installment of The Office? Do you think Will Ferrell is going to nail it, or do you worry that he might not fit into the world of Dunder Mifflin? Is the thought of bidding Carell farewell making you get a little misty? Let us know in the comments — and be sure to check back tonight for EW’s recap of the episode. (Reporting by Dan Snierson)