The Big Bang Theory Season 11 may be more than halfway over, but it’s not over yet! We’ve made some predictions and dug up some clues as to what the remainder of the season might bring (leading up to the one huge event in particular that fans have been waiting many seasons for).
7. Meeting Amy’s mom
With Sheldon and Amy’s engagement and all of the wedding planning that’s going on, we’re thinking we may meet or at least hear more from Amy’s mom. Amy’s a peculiar character (aren’t they all?), and it’d be fun to gain more insight into why she is the way she is.
Next: What will the name of Bernadette and Howard’s second child be?
6. Bernadette and Howard’s second child
We all remember the birth of Halley, the couple’s first child, in Season 9, and now it’s time to get to know Bernadette and Howard’s second child. This time around, the name selection process didn’t go as smoothly, although mom and dad ultimately settle on a moniker that is meaningful to them both: Neil.
But do we ever actually get to lay our eyes on Neil? Probably not. Showrunner Steve Holland apparently isn’t a fan of having babies on set.
“It makes me feel terrible for them, so I’m not super excited to have someone haul their newborn twins and shove them in front of a camera. But certainly the babies and having two babies will be a part of some upcoming episodes for Howard and Bernadette,” he told Entertainment Tonight.
Next: Don’t expect many baby-inspired scenes.
5. Not much more family stuff
Though Howard and Bernadette have now welcomed another child, don’t expect a ton of baby-based storylines for the two.
“Obviously them being parents and having two kids is a part of the show, but we never want the gravity of the show to shift to being a sitcom about home life and family life,” says Holland. “That’s never been what the center of the show is for us. [The kids] will play more into the margins.”
Next: Are Penny and Leonard taking this big step?
4. Baby talk for Penny and Leonard?
Penny and Leonard have been married for some time, so is having a baby is the next step to their relationship? We may at least get to hear them start to have the conversation, according to Holland.
The showrunner acknowledges that they’ve already shown two pregnancy stories on the show during two consecutive seasons, so he’s not particularly excited about adding another one. “But at the same time, these characters have to feel like real people and they’re in relationships and married. These are actual conversations that they would have and next steps that they would have, so we’ll see,” he said.
Next: Another star-studded guest appearance
3. Bill Gates will show up
Bill Gates is slated to make an appearance in a late March episode of this season. Supposedly, he’ll be attending a function put on by Penny’s pharmaceutical company. The appearance, of course, puts Sheldon and gang in a tizzy, and they do everything they can in their power to meet him.
“Gates thus becomes the latest in an ever-longer line of nerd-tastic castings on the CBS hitcom, following in the footsteps of Star Trek‘s Leonard Nimoy and George Takei, Star Wars‘ Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones, Apple’s own Steve Wozniak, Tesla founder Elon Musk and physicist/cosmologist Stephen Hawking, among many others,” reads TV Line.
Next: Could we be close to the show’s end?
2. Season 11 will set up for the (likely) final season
Though it’s fun to make predictions for the remainder of Season 11, the reality is that the show needs to end some time. So it’s realistic to assume that this season will help set up some major events for what will likely be the final season next year.
Johnny Galecki, one of the shows leads, has hinted at the show ending after Season 12. “I think at this point everyone’s very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families,” he told reporters at this winter’s TCA press tour.
Next: The big day!
1. Amy and Sheldon’s wedding
Though it’s not official (as of now the episode hasn’t even been written yet), the show’s producers have hinted at finally giving fans the moment they’ve been waiting for in the Season 11 finale: Sheldon and Amy’s wedding. “I think you will see a wedding [this season]. We’ve certainly been building to it all season,” says executive producer Holland.
Sheldon himself has spoken about yearning for certain aspects of a traditional wedding, like the first dance. Here’s hoping we get to see him and Amy dancing their hearts out on their big day.
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