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‘Community’s’ Jim Rash Reveals Return of the Dark Timeline for Season Finale

The Oscar-winning writer and NBC comedy's star discusses what to expect with just two episodes left in Season 4

Jim Rash was given the difficult task of writing last week's episode of NBC's "Community," which saw the breakup of controversial couple Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Troy (Donald Glover).

"We knew that we wanted to break them up, the 'Freaky Friday' thing sort of gave us this nice sort of interesting take on that process." Rash told TheWrap about planning the storyline.

Primarily, Rash said the breakup story was about Troy, "who from the very beginning of Season 1 has been on this arc to become a man."

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"It was about him surpassing and coming up to the level of Jeff," he explained. "This was an opportunity for Jeff to impart on him exactly the last piece or at least part of the pieces to complete his ascension."

As most things tend to be on "Community," the breakup involved other members of the group. Aside from Jeff (Joel McHale), the story heavily involved Abed (Danny Pudi). He continued on his own voyage of learning about relationships as he went along with the fake body switch with Troy.

And what about poor Britta? Rash hopes that viewers could see that she understood why they had to split.

"I think you get to see Britta, who knows him so well, there’s something they don’t want to lose, despite all this," he said.

This evolution continues through to the Season 4 finale in just two more episodes as the study group gets closer and closer to the graduation day creator Dan Harmon promised viewers a few years ago.

"There’s our sort of origin story which is the next to last episode after the 'Freaky Friday' episode, which is sort of Abed’s obsession and proof that all of their paths have crossed well before our Season 1 pilot," Rash shared.

"From that we go into what could or could not be the graduation and sort of bringing Jeff’s story to a head from the very beginning," he continued. "In doing that, yes, I think it’s fair to say that our dark timeline plays a part of that with all of our characters. So, you’ll get to see a little bit of some of the fun that we had in seeing that in the past. So, that’ll all sort of come to a head for our finale."

"Community" airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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