‘The Office’: The Bizarre Way John Krasinski’s Real-Life Brother Inspired Pam and Jim’s Marital Problems Storyline

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly Halpert and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on The Office - Season 9 finale

Over the course of The Office’s run, followers couldn’t get sufficient of the romance that developed between Pam and Jim as they moved from pleasant co-workers, to courting and getting married, then beginning a household. The Office relationship had some ups and downs alongside the best way, together with marital issues — a storyline that was impressed by Krasinski’s real-life brother. 

Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly Halpert and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on The Office - Season 9 finale
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly Halpert and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert on ‘The Office’ | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

The final season noticed a pressure in Jim and Pam’s marriage

When the collection led to 2013, Krasinski and government producer/author Greg Daniels talked with the web site Daily Actor and dished on, amongst different issues, the best way that Jim and Pam’s marriage confronted some obstacles.

The interviewer requested why the present’s writers determined to have Pam and Jim expertise marital issues within the ultimate season and, it seems, the inspiration for his or her battle got here from Krasinski’s brother, partially.

Daniels famous how they needed Jim and Pam to have a shaky
second and that “the bones” of the thought “got here quite a bit out of one thing from
[Krasinski’s] brother.”

“You know my favorite thing about the show has always been how, especially with the Jim and Pam story, how real the writers have always been to a relationship in that yes, they’re incredibly blissful times, like you were saying. But, there’s also times where, you know the world around them can stall out and feel like it’s not enough or that it is enough, or feel bland or more exciting from time-to-time,”Krasinski famous.

He continued, “And so, you know my whole pitch to Greg was that, you know we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, you know after marriage and kids there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do. And the idea of Jim’s ambition was always one of my favorite things from the early seasons… I think that all those things for me were really exciting that Jim always felt like there was something that he could be doing more of, and then I wanted to explore that.”

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The inspiration behind the storyline

Krasinski credit his personal brother with inspiring the storyline of Jim desirous to pursue a business alternative in Philadelphia and the job taking him away from his household each week.

“The idea of him going to another city came from my brother actually,” the actor defined. “In his work at the beginning of his job, he was traveling a lot all over the country for all his different clients and, you know it was definitely a strain on the family in a very new way.”

“Obviously, not a strain that was as dramatic as what we did on the show, but it was a thing where sort of seemingly simple things like basic spending time with your children and in the same city was becoming more and more difficult, and putting a strain on — you know just harder to do and — mentally,” Krasinski clarified.

He added, “And so for me, it was can you have this perfect relationship go through a split and keep it the same, which of course you can’t. And I just thought — I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.’”

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They made certain followers wouldn’t be disenchanted

While Daniels shared that “you
want some ups and downs” with
character storylines, they couldn’t have Pam
and Jim’s marriage go so off the rails
that it took till the finale to resolve or followers could be disenchanted.

“We didn’t need there to be
such anxiousness over Jim and Pam that you could possibly consider nothing else in the course of the
final episode,” Daniels shared.

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