Despite its popularity, “The Office” is not quite “Game of Thrones”. It’s not a show where characters tend to get killed off very often, especially not in somewhat grisly fashion. The show’s ending reflects this, as the season 4 premiere of “The Office” begins with Steve Carrell’s Michael Scott, the group’s frustrated and desperate area manager, accidentally crashing into his car. Meredith. In proper programming, this scene is played out to be incredibly amusing, with Meredith humorously crashing into Michael’s windshield, clearly injured, but not in serious danger.
However, according to Office Ladies, the show’s writers considered making the incident much more dangerous. This story was given by Kate Flannery herself, who was a guest on the podcast episode, where she reflected on her first thoughts while reading the episode’s script.
“Okay, I literally said ‘Is she alive?'” Flannery recalls. “And then, I read later that, there were articles saying that one of the writers decided that, you know, they wanted to advertise that Meredith wasn’t alive and then they thought it was too much. It was dark. Greg thought it was too dark for Michael to kill one of the Dunder Mifflin employees.”
It’s sure to be an unexpected dark twist for the show, even in its somewhat dismal early seasons. Michael Scott’s character is meant to be a well-meaning recalcitrant, and killing one of his employees could be a bridge too far for the character to be redeemed.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1014736/the-office-writers-considered-killing-off-meredith-in-the-season-4-premiere/ The office houses are considered to kill Meredith in season 4 premiere