When viewers last saw Sheldon in the Season 7 finale of Big Bang Theory, he was dazed and confused. Everything he knew in his world had turned upside down, completely overwhelming the quirky, lovable Dr. Cooper. Where does he go from here? What big changes does Season 8 have in store?
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
After years of proposals and missteps, Penny and Leonard are finally engaged. Much to Sheldon’s dismay, their new relationship status will actually involve some moving about within the Big Bang Theory world. Oddly enough, Leonard isn’t willing to just have Penny spend the night once a week at their apartment, and has taken the perplexing position of preferring his fiance’s happiness over his roommate’s.
The university has made it clear that Sheldon is not to change scientific pursuits and must stick with string theory if he is to remain employed. After all, that is what the grants are for that pay his salary. The big bosses just don’t understand.
Adding to his bewilderment is Amy Farrah Fowler’s absurd notion that they, Amy and Sheldon, could move in together, so he wouldn’t be lonely after Leonard leaves. The silly neurobiologist.
When nothing makes sense around him, there is always one place that Sheldon can go for comfort and predictability, but when the shell-shocked nerd gets there, he finds that the world as he knows it truly HAS come to an end. There has been a fire, and the dependable comic book store is a great big sooty, soggy mess.
Big Bang Theory has pushed Sheldon to his limits, and the season finale finds him at the train station. In a semi-pitiful scene, Penny kisses him goodbye on the cheek, persuading her new fiance to let him go. He is a grown man now (?) and they can’t protect him forever.
Everything changes. Has Sheldon left for good, to roam the country like a hobo (with a credit card)? How long will he be gone? Is he coming back?
Did he actually get on that train?
Jim Parsons admitted to TV Line that he doesn’t even know where his character is right now, but that is not for lack of trying:
“Nobody will tell me. I don’t know if they know yet. They may know, but I really don’t know if they do.” As to his snail-paced romance with Amy, he muses, “I don’t know that we’re headed for the bedroom or the altar any time soon. But, whatever. The writers have been so good with the pace of it, just bring more is all I would say.”
The writers are not back yet to work on upcoming scripts, according to executive producer Steve Molaro, who doesn’t reveal how much the whirlwind of events will change Sheldon. However, he told Entertainment Weekly that they will certainly affect him.
“I have no reason to think they won’t be.” But the future of each of the characters is still anybody’s guess.
He did give a couple of sneak peaks into future plans for some of the characters. No babies are anywhere in the near future for anyone. Howard and Bernadette will be facing growing challenges in taking care of Mrs. Wolowitz, leaving little time for thinking about a future generation of Wolowitzes.
With hints of both Emily and Lucy appearing in future episodes, there is the theory that Raj could experience more of a love life in Season 8 of Big Bang Theory than in all of the previous seven seasons combined.
Whatever lies in store in the future for the characters of Big Bang Theory, one thing is certainly not theoretical: the situation comedy is immensely popular, and it promises to continue to entertain audiences in a big way.
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