RE: Who is the Scranton Strangler in The Office?

I'm watching through The Office US and there's a lot of talk about the Scranton Strangler. Who is this character and when do we find out?

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The Scranton Strangler is a fictional character in the U.S. TV show "The Office." His real identity is Toby Flenderson's co-worker, George Howard Skub. The character was a significant subplot throughout the later seasons of the show. The identity of the Scranton Strangler was revealed in Season 9, during the final season of the show. Although Toby himself suggests initially that he may have wrongfully convicted George Howard Skub, confirming his doubts in season 9, episode 16, titled "Moving On." In this episode, Toby visits Skub in prison where he is strangled, confirming that Skub is indeed the Scranton Strangler. The subplot ends somewhat ambiguously, as Toby appears to change his mind about Skub's innocence throughout the series, leaving a bit of mystery for the audience. However, it should be noted that his subplot is mostly used as a running gag throughout the series and is not meant to be a significant aspect of the main narrative. Tying into the mockumentary style of the show, it provides an outside world element that both ties into and disturbs the daily mundane life at Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch. The Scranton Strangler is an interesting aspect of "The Office" due to its development over multiple seasons and its ability to build suspense and intrigue about an otherwise background character. It's part of what makes the show unique - it's full of interesting character arcs and stories that keep viewers engaged, even on subplots!
Answered on September 2, 2023.
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