Though the series is coming to an end, fans of The Big Bang Theory will get one more chance to embrace the hit show with a farewell special. The special will be hosted by Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, who play Penny and Leonard Hofstadter, respectively.
Express reports that, after The Big Bang Theory finale airs, there will be another show called Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell. This second show will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the popular CBS series. The special will reportedly answer questions and “delve deeper into the show than ever before.”
The show will follow the finale on May 16. The farewell special will include interviews of the cast members on the subject of The Big Bang Theory as a whole, and will detail their experiences in working together.
Fans on social media are struggling with mixed emotions, with some saying that they are looking forward to the remaining episodes, but also that they are sad to see the show end.
“Can’t believe The Big Bang Theory is ending so soon. My life won’t be the same. Thank you guys for the most amazing years,” one fan remarked on social media.
The cast of The Big Bang Theory was recently immortalized, putting their hand prints in cement outside of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater, per BBC News. The full cast was on hand to celebrate their achievement of 12 seasons and 279 episodes.
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Jim Parsons, who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper, expressed that his time on the series has been “unbelievable.”
“This experience would not have happened at all with any other combination. The chance to memorialize it like this is very fitting and very moving and it’s the most unbelievably perfect end to this experience, so thank you.”
The ratings for The Big Bang Theory has been exceptional, averaging 18 million viewers in the U.S. each year. The show has seen growing popularity in the U.K., and around the world.
Cuoco shared that the experience she has had on the show has been so special, and that having it come to an end will be tearful for all.
“This is the greatest cast in the world, I feel so honored to be up here and part of this experience. I am completely humbled.”
As the special episode unfolds, writers say that there is one mystery which won’t be solved for fans — and that’s the unveiling of Penny’s last name, per The Inquisitr. It’s one of those bits of trivia that many fans have never thought much of — but while fans know all of the other characters’ last names, Penny’s maiden name was never revealed. According to the writers, who appeared at a panel discussion, it never will be.
“[Eventually] we got nervous and superstitious about giving her one. Even though the show is about to draw to a close, it will always be [her married name] Hofstadter,” the show’s writers said.