johnj: Dwight has undergone some major changes over the years, from a gullible, naive eager-beaver, to a more sensible and wiser character. What do you credit for this change?
Rainn: This is a very astute question. Dwight has changed a great deal since season 2. He used to just be a sycophantic toady and a venal competitor with traits of Asperger’s.
Over the years, he separated from Michael more and more and became his own man. He fell in and out of love. Became a Cassanova. He came to respect people he would never otherwise respect, like Jim and Pam.
He’s still a weirdo, but a more mature weirdo.
This is proof of how amazing our writers are. They didn’t write an annoying nerd who doesn’t evolve. They keep writing new depth and facets to the character with every episode. They pay attention to how characters grow and change and take that into account.
They care about the characters — which is very rare in television comedy.
Justin: Thanks, man. Couldn’t have said it better myself.