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Steve Carell’s final bow on The Office won’t air until a little more than a month from now, but the episode’s director, Paul Feig, who just wrapped filming last week, is already warning that the audience should prepare for an emotionally-charged episode.
“We were exhausted by the end of that week. You thought you’d stop being sad or stop being emotional, but every scene was, ‘Oh, we just did the last conference room’ or ‘Oh, we just did the last talking head.’ So it was pretty wild,” he told EW at PaleyFest’s salute to Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared Saturday night.
Even the show’s veteran cast had trouble controlling themselves as they bid farewell to their fearless leader. “Everybody was kind of in a state of suspended animation. Everyone kinda knew and [was] pretending it wasn’t happening, but then we were rehearsing a scene with the accounting department, and all of a sudden Angela Kinsey just sort of burst into tears. She was like, ‘This is my last scene with you.’ And we all kind of immediately snapped out of it, pretended it didn’t happen, and we went back and started doing it,” he said. “But they had a great send off for him at the end. It was very emotional.”
The episode airs April 28.