Even though Parks and Recreation had already been renewed for next season, the overt resolutions unfolding at the very tail end of April 24's sixth season finale were starting to make the episode feel like a series finale.
Leslie was leaving Pawnee's Parks Department (but not the town itself) for the job of her dreams, Ben's board game was a cult hit, Ron chose pleasure (Diane) over pain (Tammy Two), Tom's restaurant was a massive success, Andy and April were so in love they're getting a divorce so they can get married again, and Donna... well, Donna's always money.
Then, in the closing minutes of "Moving Up," as Leslie was decorating her new office on the third floor of City Hall, the camera zoomed in on a photo of the gang before pulling out to reveal a three-year time jump!
Leslie, in mid Sorkin-esque walk and talk, was juggling a million things (perfectly, of course) while flaunting new bangs when a tuxedo-clad Ben arrived with mention of his "big night." Larry, who is now being called Terry, remains terrible at his job, while April and Andy show up with Ben and Leslie's triplets (now 3 years old, and totally adorable) — it should be noted that April seemed to like these children, even smiling in their presence! So what does it all mean?
The writers won't officially start mapping out Season 7 for another few weeks, but Parks and Rec executive producer Mike Schur did tell EW, "This is not a yank. We are not teasing something that we are not going to then pay off. The majority of the season is going to take place in that time period. We may go back and see a couple of things here and there of what happened in the interim, but we're not faking you out. This is a real shift for the show in terms of when it takes place."
While we're all for this exhilarating shift, there are a few major lessons Schur & Co. could learn from the shows who've dabbled in time travel before!