“The Big Bang Theory” engagement of Leonard and Penny has many fans wondering how Sheldon will react. Since even Leonard and Penny didn’t expect to get engaged at the beginning of last week’s “Big Bang Theory” show, Sheldon was certainly not prepared for it. Jim Parsons, who plays the character of Sheldon, talked about what is going to happen during the season finale, according to an International Business Times report on May 9, so if you do not want to know anything about the season finale, stop reading now.
To give you a moment, here is a short recap of the surprise engagement during last week’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” Penny gets fired from her acting job in which she played a go-go dancer turned gorilla. Leonard, who witnesses Penny’s firing from a movie that was already labeled the worst movie in history, returns with devastated Penny to her apartment. What begins with “Oh my God, what a day,” ends with Penny’s “Oh my God, yes.” The three-minute excellently performed engagement scene combines despair with humor and can be watched above.
Spoiler alert: By the beginning of next week’s finale episode, Sheldon, of course, has no idea what happened. Sheldon is more than just a roommate to Leonard or a friend to Penny. During the past years, it was evident that all too often Sheldon is more like a son to both of them with especially Penny acting as a mother figure. Imagine your mom gets engaged without telling you.
According to TVLine, during next week’s season finale of “The Big Bang Theory,” Sheldon’s universe crashes when he finds out about the engagement. By the end of the finale, “Sheldon goes AWOL” -- and “he gets the hell out of there.”
Jim Parsons, who spoke about the season finale, says that he actually does not know what will happen to Sheldon after that until he gets to read the script for the beginning of season eight. “I won't know until I come back and read the first episode [of season eight]."
What Jim Parsons does know is that his character’s world falls apart after hearing the engagement news. Sheldon is resistant to change, he likes everything in order, including where he sits, how everything is labeled, and how his relationships are supposed to be. Even his relationship with his girlfriend Amy has "everything" spelled out in a contract between them.
When Jim Parsons first read the script for the season finale which is to air on Thursday, May 15, he says that it was quite revealing. “It was very interesting to read it for the first time and then to play the final episode because it really gets at the crux of something that is perhaps his defining characteristic as a character on television — which is his resistance to change. If you look at it through that lens, so many of the things he does, the things he says, the places he sits, etc, have everything to do with the fact that this is the way it’s done, this is the right way to do it and this has served him fairly well as a human. They’ve got him in a situation now, the writers do, where it’s not possible to carry on without some of these changes.”
After the engagement, which even caught “The Big Bang Theory” fans by surprise, Sheldon’s ego breaks, says Jim Parsons. “All the [personal and professional] changes that are taking place finally start to come home to roost for him as problems,” he said. Like most fans, even Jim Parsons is looking forward to finding out who will pick up the pieces when season eight returns. Will it be his mom, his girlfriend Amy, his friend Raj, Howard and Bernadette, or the newly engaged couple Leonard and Penny?