Erin Hannon arguably had one of the best minor arcs on The Office. Ellie Kemper’s character first appeared on the sitcom comes in Season 5 when Pam has left Dunder Mifflin to start the Michael Scott Paper Company. And as Erin gets integrated into the cast she becomes a love interest on the show.
Dwight briefly vies for her attention along with Andy, who she eventually does begin dating after a long ‘will they or won’t they.’ Throughout Season 7, she (begrudgingly) dates Gabe. And while Andy is away being, you know, insane, she finds a new romantic interest in Pete, the customer service rep she’s eventually begins dating. But other than a dance with Pete at Dwight’s wedding, there’s little indication who Erin ends up with as the show’s nine seasons wrap for good.
In fact, the biggest question answered in Erin’s time on the show is who her parents are. Having her arc finish without resolution romantically is actually kind of nice: she’s more than just someone who finds a male partner to settle down with and live happily ever after. But some people still wonder what happens to her character beyond her familial ties being forged.
In an interview with E!, for example, the actress who played (Pam) Erin was asked who she thought the administrative assistant should end up with after the show ended. Her answer, in short, is none of the people she was shown dating during her five seasons on the air.
“I hope that Erin found somebody new,” Kemper told E! in an interview. “I think that both of those guys were great but Erin could have found a better fit for her.”
That’s presumably forgetting all about Pete, who honestly was just a younger Jim anyway. And good for her for thinking that there are people in this world who could make Erin happy beyond the slightly damaged group of dudes working at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin.
That doesn’t mean Kemper thinks Erin is beyond The Office. In fact, she’d be more than willing to join in if NBC ever decides to do a reboot of the show.
“I think that would be a lot of fun!” Kemper said. “I don’t know if everyone would, so I don’t know if it would ever happen, but I would!”
Most importantly, she’s proud of the way Erin developed over the show’s final seasons and is happy how her story ends.
“I feel like she’s doing something well and she’s excited to be doing it,” Kemper said. “Maybe she’s in Chicago.”