Steve Carell might be returning to The Office for the series’ highly anticipated finale next Thursday. Carell famously played Michael Scott (a.k.a. World’s Best Boss) for the show’s first seven seasons.

The original Regional Manager of the show’s fictional paper company has not appeared in an episode since Carell left ‘The Office’ in 2011. And, despite multiple denials from showrunner Greg Daniels, various members of the cast and Carell himself might return to ‘The Office’ for a cameo appearance during the comedy show’s hour-long finale, according to TV Line. With no official word from Carell, the show or NBC, the rumors continue to spread.

While Carell has said that he has no intention of returning to the show, he recently changed his tune to a slightly less resounding ‘no’, leaving the possibility of a Michael Scott comeback on the table. During a recent conference call, Daniels added fuel to the fire, saying that Carell “didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved” by returning—not the ‘no’ fans had been expecting.

The official episode synopsis, released by NBC, also leaves room for some Michael Scott magic: “Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews.”

Last weekend, Carell made a surprise appearance at the Office wrap party in Scranton, Penn., where the show takes place. Carell, along with other members of the cast and crew, including John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, participated in a panel Q&A as part of a daylong celebration. Carell’s presence could be interpreted as a good sign for a possible Office finale appearance.

Other actors returning to The Office for the series finale include Mindy Kaling, who now has a hit television show of her own, and B.J. Novak. The episode will air Thursday, May 16 on NBC at 9/8c.

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