Schur told EW that “the natural rhythm of the show and the big creative jump we take at the end of this season certainly suggests that we’re moving in that direction.”
In the show’s season finale, which aired Thursday, Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope must choose between taking a job with the National Parks — which would require moving to Chicago — or turning it down to stay in Pawnee. She stays in Pawnee.
Next season will continue with this thread, although Schur says Pawnee politics are not going to be as essential as in previous years.
“Obviously Leslie is still living there, but she’s playing on a much bigger stage now and it wouldn’t feel that logical if she were still battling it out with Jamm (Jon Glaser) every week.”