"Just because Dave and Penny will both be occupied next season doesn’t rule out chances of them starting up a romance eventually. “People need to see the right thing happen and the right thing has to be that Dave and Alex at least have to get back together before you see anything really happen with Dave and Penny,” Groff said. In fact, a Penny-and-Dave romance is something the producers have been toying with since the series’ inception. “When I read [creator David Caspe’s] original pilot script, in the pilot, when Penny is coming down on Alex, like ‘How can you do this?,’ you definitely get the sense that Penny is saying to Alex, ‘He’s the greatest guy! How could you do that?’” Groff explained. “There was always this little subtext of they’ve known each other forever… and, in some ways, he’s still an ideal for Penny. It feels natural in a way, but i just think it didn’t feel like we could go down that road too quickly."