Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Young Sheldon
The season finale of Young Sheldon dropped an exciting reveal for fans of The Big Bang Theory, as Sheldon (played by Iain Armitage in the series, with Jim Parsons providing narration) revealed in a voiceover that he eventually goes on to have children. This came immediately in the wake of The Big Bang Theory's season 11 finale, in which Sheldon finally married his long-time girlfriend, Amy (Mayim Bialik).
We knew early on that Young Sheldon would have strong links to The Big Bang Theory, with showrunner Chuck Lorre saying last year that "the stories we tell on Young Sheldon can echo on The Big Bang Theory... We’re definitely discussing the ripple effect that the shows can have going forward in time." So far Young Sheldon has explained some of the older Sheldon's quirks, like where the "Soft Kitty" song comes from, but now the prequel series has revealed where the original show could be heading next.
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In Young Sheldon's season 1 finale, Sheldon's grandmother, Meemaw (Annie Potts), became annoyed by her grandson's interference in her relationship with Dr. John Sturgis (Wallace Shawn), and insisted on laying down some "ground rules" for both Sheldon and John. After hearing some of her demands, John says, "This list is getting long, maybe we should write it down." An idea occurs to Sheldon, and in voiceover Parsons says, "In that moment, I had an epiphany. I could draw up a contract for any social relationship." He writes up a contract for himself and Meemaw, and then the narration continues with the big reveal:
Barring an unfortunate turn of events for Sheldon and Amy, it's pretty safe to assume that the children referred to in the voiceover will be their kids. After all, it's no accident that Young Sheldon dropped this bombshell right after The Big Bang Theory's big wedding episode. We learned this week that The Big Bang Theory has been renewed for season 12, which isn't at all surprising given the show's ratings; the wedding episode was watched by 15 million viewers. Meanwhile, Young Sheldon was renewed for a second season back in January.
In the wake of Young Sheldon's exciting revelation, the big question on fans' minds is whether or not we'll get to see Amy and Sheldon's kids soon on The Big Bang Theory. Incorporating babies and child characters into sitcoms about young adults without dragging the show down is a tricky thing to pull off, but now that fans know Sheldon will eventually have kids, many will no doubt be eagerly awaiting a reveal that Amy is pregnant in The Big Bang Theory season 12.
The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon will return in fall 2018.