Watching the T.V show The Office last night, I now have great respect for the writing staff. The depth of the characters, the simple yet ever evolving plot, and the dynamics of character interaction really separate this show from others I've watched.
The relationship between Michael and Pam is really what led to this appreciation. Michael, and immature yet lovable manager for the Scranton branch, is usually hard to deal with. Through growth of the character, personal interactions with coworkers, and recognition of achievements, Michael leaves the paper company to be with his love. Pam, throughout the series, has always looked after him. She always knew how to say things to Michael to fix a situation, or have him come to terms with his actions so everything can turn out for the better.
While I'm sure the show will survive through the loss of Michael as a character, it will be difficult to replace what once was. The need for a character to fill that niche while still having his own quirks and shortcomings is clear. I do believe that the writers and directors/producers know what is best for the show, and I am eager to see what they have in store for the viewers.