Frankie: How much direction did you give Rainn and Angela before their big scene? Or did they just go for it?
David: Rainn and Angela just went for it! The last take was my favorite as Angela justifiably dropped the ‘F’ bomb after being run off the road, and Dwight was SO LOUD with that bullhorn. We tried some different things with timing and dialogue, but they were on fire from take 1!
jkrasislove: How long has this beautiful ending to the Dwight and Angela story been planned?
threatlevelmiddwight: Did you guys initially rule out Dwight’s paternity at the beginning of the season because of The Farm? If The Farm had gone through, would Dwangela have been denied their happy ending?
David: A big if not the sole reason for initially ruling out Dwight as the father in the beginning of the season was because of the changes that would have taken place to allow for Dwight to leave for The Farm. We needed him untethered and leaving behind a son, and even a woman he loved, would not have made sense logically or been beneficial to who he is as a character. We always wanted them to end up together but I’m not sure when it was decided that it was time to make the big step. I think once The Farm was no longer going to be it’s own series then that cleared the way for Dwight and Angela to really reconcile and be together.
—– ANDY —–
OfficEial Fan: Were Andy’s scenes always planned or was this a later adjustment to bring him back?
David: Andy’s exit from Dunder Mifflin was never intended to be his exit from the series. The camera crew is still following him as a major character in the doc. What happened in this audition is pretty big in that he’s suffered a major blow to his dream of being a singer/performer since he just quit his job and he’s serious about this and he’s been told that he’s just not good enough. Coupled with him dropping to the floor and sobbing is pretty humiliating. What will be the repercussions to this in his life?
Michael Scarn: What was the change in mindset from the writers’ view in Andy’s characterization from Season 8 to Season 9? I don’t think there’s any denying that Andy’s character changed significantly between the two seasons, but I wanted to know if this was a conscious decision on the writers’ part or not.
David: Ed has a lot of depth so we wanted to explore that and give him fun things to do. Goofy Andy, Sensitive Andy, Romantic Andy, Angry Andy and Mean Andy are all sides of his persona. I loved in New Guys Andy’s return from outward bound and his incredible confidence. Love that he’s even a bit of a bully when he names Clark and Pete Dwight Jr. and Plop, and continually picks on Nellie.
Sam: Andy met a woman in line for his a cappella audition. Were they supposed to be a romantic connection so we know Andy will find happiness after Erin? Were there any scenes of Andy/line girl or Andy/Erin cut from the episode due to time?