I loved it. I laughed, I cried. It was wonderful.
I think every single character got the best ending possible, and it felt like the writers really made it for the fans. I was so happy and sad, and I just enjoyed it a lot.
This has been my favorite show for years. Seasons 3 and 4 are my very favorite, I re-watch them constantly. Sadly, for the past few seasons (especially since Steve Carrell left, and even more since BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling left) I feel it's really gone downhill. Season 8 was horrible, and this last season was pretty hit and miss for me. Well, with the finale, I was able to put all the disappointment behind me and I will have nothing but fond memories of this show.
In the retrospective episode, I found out that when John Krasinski got cast, he was a bartender and when Jenna Fischer got cast, she was actually a receptionist. This was what started their careers. In the finale, Jim has a monologue that said, "Even if I didn't love every minute of it, everything I have, I owe to this job... this stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job." and that felt true not just for the characters, but for the actors themselves.
Another monologue of Jim's that I really liked was, "Imagine going back and watching a tape of your life. You could see yourself change, and make mistakes, and grow up. You could watch yourself fall in love, watch yourself become a husband, become a father. You guys gave that to me. And that's an ...amazing gift." Again, it felt like the speech was referring to their real lives. This was their job, their life for nine years.
Speaking of the retrospective, I also watched this video. They had a 3 part cast farewells series on their youtube channel, but this one was my favourite because it was Rainn, John, and Jenna. ("J, P, and D - the three amigos")
My favourite moment of the finale was Pam's talking head with the flashback clips of the coal walk, and her and Jim's love developing, etc.
"I didn't watch the whole documentary. After a few episodes it was too painful. I kept wanting to scream at Pam! It took me so long to do so many important things. It's just hard to accept that I spent so many years being less happy than I could've been. Jim was five feet from my desk and it took me four years to get to him. It'd be great if people saw this documentary and learned from my mistakes. Not that I'm a tragic person, I'm really happy now. But....it would just...just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this and she said to herself, 'Be strong. Trust yourself. Love yourself. Conquer your fears. Just go after what you want. And act fast because life just isn't that long.'"
A few more quotations that I loved:
"I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them." - Andy
"No matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home." - Creed
"There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kind of the point?" - Pam
I really loved this show.