The Big Bang Theory ended not with a bang, but a tear – exactly what the show needed to satisfy the massive fanbase that it has followed for the last 12 years. With the one-hour finale significantly devoted in Sheldon and Amy’s bid for the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on Super Asymmetry, the rest of the gang go through their own lives but also supporting the Coopers every step of their road to academic success.
Kicking off in 2007, The Big Bang Theory followed the lives of a gang of four (eventually seven) friends based in Pasadena, the majority of them deemed social outcasts. But what they lack in social skills, they made up for in terms of intellect and their love for anything geeky. Over the years, the crew has gone through ups and downs, both professionally and personally, but they remained intact (partly because six of them have married each other).
With so much history riding on its final two episodes, pressure mounted on the writers to deliver a satisfying ending – but did they? Here’s everything that happened in The Big Bang Theory‘s series finale.
Sheldon & Amy Win The Nobel Prize (But Not Without Complications)
The first half of The Big Bang Theory finale, titled “Change Constant,” was mainly devoted to the Nobel Prize subplot, with it finally revealed that Sheldon and Amy won – supposedly a cause for celebration, especially for the former who has worked relentlessly all his life for this goal. But what he had long been longing for, apparently wasn’t exactly what he expected it to be.
Overwhelmed with the string of big changes happening by the minute, Sheldon slowly descended into paranoia. It was the same with Amy, who’s stressed with the press hounding her after enjoying the initial wave of interest. Looking to help, Raj suggested that she go through a make-over. Everyone loved it, except her husband who’s struggling very hard to cope with the flurry of changes.
Penny took a shaken Sheldon to The Cheesecake Factory to prepare him for his significantly changed life, reminiscent of their unlikely friendship in The Big Bang Theory‘s early seasons. They talked about how far they’ve come separately, providing a great retrospective of more than a decades-worth of adventures for both characters. Elsewhere, Howard and Bernadette were being interviewed with CNN where both tell reporters that they’re best friends with the Coopers.
The Elevator Is Fixed And Leonard Changes The Apartment
After Sheldon’s outburst about Amy’s new looks, one of The Big Bang Theory‘s biggest plot threads was resolved: as Leonard tried to talk some sense to him in the hallway, Penny stepped out of the functional elevatory saying, “can you believe it? They finally fixed the elevator?” This led to a humorous bit where Sheldon tried to run away from the Hofstadters downstairs, but Penny was already waiting for him thanks to the fully-working lift.