Sandra Gonzalez
October 23, 2012 AT 02:00 PM EDT

It’s hard to imagine Friends concluding one of TV’s most iconic relationships with anything other than a happy ending. But that’s almost what happened.

As producer David Crane reveals in this exclusive clip from the Friends Blu-ray set, on sale Nov. 13, there at one time had been talk of concluding Ross and Rachel’s story in a much more open-ended manner. “At first we thought that [getting them together] seems so expected,” he says. The alternative? A “vague” ending with a “hope for the future.”

Obviously, those plans were killed. But can you believe that was ever on the table? (Does. Not. Compute.)

Watch Crane talk about the writers’ change of heart in the clip below:

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