The Big Bang Theory series finale has yet to be written, executive producer Eric Kaplan reveals. CBS's top-rated sitcom is finally wrapping up in the next couple of months after running for 12 successful seasons. Announced barely a month before it premiered for its last year, many were surprised about the decision especially considering how well the show is performing for the network ratings-wise. But the cancelation, as it turns out, stems from Jim Parsons (Sheldon) no longer wanting to return for a possible season 13, despite the massive payday he and his co-actors were about to get should they sign on for an additional year.
When the cancelation was first announced, the stars, as well as the people involved in the show, promised nothing short of a huge send-off for the Pasadena gang. In the first 15 episodes of its final 24, The Big Bang Theory has featured a slew of star-studded guest appearances - with a few more on the way. However, the show's two-part finale offering is still up in the air as the writers are still deciding how to end the sitcom.
Speaking with Metro UK, Kaplan opened up about the nearing end of The Big Bang Theory, revealing that the series finale isn't written yet. The producer explained they're "trying to approach it with a lot of care because there are a lot of people for whom this show is emotionally important" especially since "there are people who see themselves in the characters and see their family members in them." He continued:
If people have emotionally invested in us, we want to treat that with the care and respect that it deserves. And it’s supposed to be funny, that adds a whole extra thing. It’s a challenge, but it’s a good challenge. I think we can do it, but we still might screw up. ... It’s funny, you think about what is an emotionally satisfying ending and I think it’s a combination of it should be surprising, but also 'right.' When I’ve seen a movie or read a book where the ending feels really emotionally satisfying, it’s like 'Oh, I didn’t think those characters would do that but in retrospect they couldn’t have done anything else.'
Of course, aside from knowing what the future has in store for Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki); Sheldon and Amy (Mayim Bialik); Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch); as well as Raj (Kunal Nayyar), fans are also looking forward to the resolution of some of lingering subplots in the series including the broken elevator. It would be nice to see Howard finally learn more about what happened with his dad as well. It's uncertain if the show will acknowledge these loose plot ends, but loyal viewers undoubtedly want them resolved.
Kaplan and the rest of the creative team behind The Big Bang Theory have the right mindset when it comes to crafting the best way to wrap up the sitcom. However, the problem with not having a set ending with just nine episodes left (take into consideration that they've shot upcoming episodes as well) is that they might not be able to properly set up the characters' respective endgames. Much has been said about how the show doesn't feel like it's working towards a concrete finale, and Kaplan's comments confirm that. That said, just because the series finale has yet to be written doesn't mean they don't have any ideas on how to cap off the show. But for fans who are already skeptical that the sitcom will deliver a satisfying ending, learning that the last two episodes of the show have yet to be written doesn't inspire confidence.
The Big Bang Theory season 12 air Thursday nights on CBS.
Source: Metro UK