Fans of The Big Bang Theory called for one thing after news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing was released. They wanted a tribute to Mr. Spock. While many would have wanted to see how Sheldon would handle the loss of his hero, it was not something the writers could include. After all, many of the episodes ready for air have already been filmed.
The show did share a moving tribute to Nimoy, though, according to The Washington Post. At the end of last week’s episode, The Big Bang Theory fans were treated to a black and white photo of the actor, with a very simple thank you message; a message that Spock would likely have been grateful for appearing.
“The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting.”
Nimoy has been an integral part of the show, despite only appearing as a cameo on one occasion—and never actually on the screen. During season five of The Big Bang Theory, the actor did a voiceover cameo as part of Sheldon’s imagination. Fox also shared the 2008 episode where Penny gives Sheldon a napkin with Leonard Nimoy’s autograph and DNA.
The 83-year-old actor died in his home on February 27. His funeral was held on March 1, with over 300 people attending to say their final goodbyes. Fans of The Big Bang Theory instantly wondered whether the show would include a tribute. It is clearly a death that would affect Sheldon, and fans have already seen how he reacts to his heroes dying. Last season included the death of Professor Proton.
Will this mean that there will be no tribute as part of the show? Chuck Lorre has not spoken out about that yet. It is possible that it will be added into an episode that is currently being filmed.
When Carol Ann Susi died last year, it took until last month to get the tribute episode fans had expected to see. Susi voiced Mrs. Wolowitz, and her character recently passed away as closure and respect for the actress. The Big Bang Theory fans got a full episode of remembering the funny moments, as well as stories that had never really made the show.
The show actors and crew members did take to social media shortly after the news of Nimoy’s passing broke. They shared their own condolences and photos to remember the man. One of those was Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, standing with Nimoy, both doing the Vulcan hand gesture. Now The Big Bang Theory fans have been treated to a moving tribute at the end of last week’s episode, and more may come later.
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