The Dunder Mifflin Paper Company is about to close its doors for good.

The Office showrunner Greg Daniels revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the Emmy-winning, mockumentary-styled NBC sitcom adapted from the BBC series of the same name will be ending after its upcoming ninth season.

“This will be the last season of The Office. And we’re planning a very big exciting last season,” he said. “We’re going to have a lot of faces coming back … There are a lot of things that I’ve personally been wanting to do since season two … All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who’s behind the documentary … Now that we know we have an end date we can blow things up and take some chances and it will be very freeing, creatively.”

The upcoming season will be the first Daniels has helmed since leaving after season five to focus fully on sister series Parks and Recreation, and he says that it “feels like the last chance to really go out together and make an artistic ending for the show.” Aside from that, reasons for the decision to shudder The Office include the chance of losing players to other commitments and the rising cost of key players like John Krasinski (“Jim”) and Jenna Fischer (“Pam”).

“You have a choice — only tell the beginning of story and the middle, or allow a story to end,” Daniels said. “If we didn’t let it end this year, I don’t think we would have been able to tell the ending stories of so many characters… we couldn’t count on getting everybody back for season 10.”

One character fans would love to see return is Steve Carell‘s hilariously inept “Michael Scott,” who was written out of the show and left at the end of season seven (he got married and moved to Colorado, the story goes) when Carell decided to focus on his film career. Carell’s return, Daniels says, is something he’d also like to see, but he won’t try backing him into a corner to make it happen.

“We’re not going to put so much pressure on Steve by writing something that would only work if he would return,” Daniels said. “He really loves how he was exited. He’s probably anxious about not messing up such a stylish exit. It’s a perfectly legitimate point. We’ll see.”

The ninth and final season of The Office is scheduled to premiere September 20th on NBC.