‘Big Bang Theory’: How the Cast Really Feels about the Show Ending

All good things must come to an end. And that includes your favorite television shows. After almost 12 years, the comedic gem The Big Bang Theory is officially ending.

Fans around the world have expressed their sadness at such an iconic series ending. But viewers aren’t the only ones who are mourning the loss of The Big Bang Theory.

How does the cast feel about the show ending?

“It’s like a long, drawn-out death,” Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the show, told Variety. “It’s one thing to have a personal experience where a job of nine years — or 12, for some of the cast — ends, but we’ve done it very publicly.”

Though the ending was hard to film, the cast was ultimately happy with how the last few episodes closed out the story.

“When we found out this was going to be the last season, we sat together and started talking about the landing place,” executive producer Steve Holland told the outlet. “We knew what was going to be the last piece of the finale for a long time. One of the things that was important to us, and also the most challenging, was to make sure everyone got to shine in these last episodes.”

The show was even able to bring back Christine Baranski who plays Leonard’s mother. Over the years, Baranski’s character had been featured on the show via Skype due to scheduling conflicts from filming The Good Wife and The Good Fight. But for the final season, she was able to come back and film the episode, “The Maternal Connection.”

“It was an absolutely beautiful episode,” Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, told the outlet of the reunion. “I felt so dear about it, at the last minute I flew my [real] mother in from Chicago for the live audience taping, so she could be a part of it.”

For Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, the show will live on.

“Even over the years, there have been emotional moments and there have been hilarious moments,” she said. “The bottom line is people just love the characters. They love when they laugh and they’re OK when they cry and get sad. At the same time, I know the writers want these characters to live on in our lives; they don’t want some dramatic ending.”

Did the cast see the end coming?

The show’s ending was announced in August of last year, but the cast has been sort of sitting on pins and needles for much longer.

The writers of the show have always approached the series on an episode-by-episode basis which Bialik said was “nerve-wracking” because it meant that they never knew when the goodbyes would come.

Is the cast ready to say goodbye?

It’s never the right time to say goodbye, but nevertheless it has to happen.

“As Kaley [has] said, we could do this 25 seasons, and it would still be difficult saying goodbye,” Galecki said. “There’s not going to be a time that comes when any of us are sick of it. This feels as right as it’s ever going to feel.”

The final episode of The Big Bang Theory will air on May 16.

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