while I do want Jim and Pam to stay together, I don't want the ending to be safe, you know? but despite whatever the ending is, people are going to complain. that's what always happens with shows of this magnitude.
oh of course... people will bitch no matter what happens... if Carrell comes back, people will still complain.
I don't really want the "safe" ending either, but I think it'd be stupid for Jim and Pam to split up at the end of the series... the whole thing seems really forced to me. I know others were saying they thought the fight seemed natural, but the fact that Jim and Pam have been pretty much inseparable for 8 seasons and now with just a handful of episodes left they're going to start fighting, and possibly split up seems a bit forced to me... they writers are trying to find a way to end the show, and this brings a little drama to the table... but in the end I think they'll work everything out and live happily ever after... although the episode next week is titled "Moving On"!??!
I'll also go ahead and predict that Steve Carrell will appear in at least one episode before the series ends, but he will not appear as Michael Scott.