Season 10 of The Big Bang Theory ended with a major cliffhanger that no one saw coming. Luckily, fans don’t have to wait until the show’s return to find out what’s in store for next season. Now that the popular CBS comedy has been officially renewed, there are hints about what’s to come in future episodes. Here’s everything we know about The Big Bang Theory‘s Season 11 so far.
1. Amy’s answer to that question isn’t a sure thing
The Season 10 finale ended on a major cliffhanger, in which Sheldon travels all the way to New Jersey in order to propose to Amy. The episode ended before we hear her answer or see how she reacts (of course!), but it’s probably safe to say she’ll say yes, right? Not so fast.
Showrunner Steve Molaro has made it clear that the proposal won’t be that cut-and-dry. After all, Sheldon was spurred to pop the question after being kissed by another woman, Ramona (Riki Lindhome). Though Amy doesn’t actually know that yet, it could make things a little more difficult moving forward.
“On paper, it makes sense that she would say yes, but it’s a little complicated,” Molaro told USA Today. “I have versions of the answer that are playing out in my head for us to talk about in the writers room. I think it’s good for a show when we pull the trigger on these momentous events even when we don’t know if we’re fully ready for it. It keeps it exciting.”
2. We won’t meet baby Halley
Viewers have yet to actually lay eyes on Bernadette and Howard’s baby and it seems like they shouldn’t expect to anytime soon. Molaro suggests that baby Halley probably won’t be showing her face on the series in the near future.
Why? The showrunner says they’re treating the baby like “Mrs. Wolowitz 2.0.” As he explains to Glamour, “We got tiny glimpses of Mrs. Wolowitz over the years, so maybe somewhere down the line there might be tiny glimpses [of Halley], but the plan is for her to function as Mrs. Wolowitz did—as a comedic offscreen voice.”
3. Penny and Leonard will have more ups and downs
They may be married now, but Penny and Leonard have still had plenty of trouble seeing eye to eye this season. Their most recent argument occurred after Penny received a job offer from her ex-boyfriend, Zach. Though the offer was later rescinded, Penny made it clear she thought Leonard was being selfish by asking her not to take the job, especially because she’s not happy with her current position as a pharmaceutical sales rep.
The issue wasn’t entirely resolved at the end of Season 10, so it’s likely fans can expect to see a few more clashes — both over Penny’s career and otherwise — in Season 11.
“They are different people, and they were always different people,” Molaro said of the couple to Glamour. “Sometimes they click really well, and sometimes…like in most marriages, that honeymoon phase ends and the reality of it all sinks in. I think they need to keep working at it, like most people in marriages do. And where it goes from there, we shall see.”
4. Leonard, Sheldon, and Howard will find a new project to tackle
Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard abruptly lost their Air Force project at the end of Season 10, leaving them frustrated and angry. With that setback behind them, the trio will have to find a new way to move forward professionally in Season 11.
“It’s probably time for them to attack something new in the world of science in some interesting way,” Molaro told Entertainment Weekly.
5. Things may turn around for Raj
Oh, Raj. The poor guy has been having a bit of a rough time lately. He went from dating multiple women to spending the latter half of Season 10 lamenting his single status. He also decided to stop sponging off his parents, only to then move in with Penny and Leonard. In the Season 10 finale, he — after receiving lots of not-so-subtle hints from his friends — began to move into a new place over Bert’s garage.
So now that he’s set up in a new, semi-private living space, will he finally get out of his rut? If Molaro has his way, it looks like things will finally turn around for Raj in the upcoming season.
“I want Raj to be happy. I want him to find happiness in himself. Does that mean finding another person? I don’t know. Maybe he can have great success in work,” he told Glamour, adding, “Whether it’s in the relationship side, or on the professional front, I hope Raj can have some success, somehow.”
6. We may meet Amy’s family
If Amy does say yes to Sheldon’s proposal and their wedding plans move forward, could their pending nuptials mean audiences will finally meet the rest of Amy’s family? Though plenty of relatives have been mentioned throughout the show, the only one of Amy’s family members that we’ve actually seen (via a webcam call) is her mom, Mrs. Fowler (played by Annie O’Donnell).
It remains to be seen whether more of her relatives will show up in person in Season 11, but nothing’s off the table, according to Molaro. “We haven’t thought about it long-term but if and when we get to that point [of wedding planning], it does open a lot of fun possibilities — like family members,” he said, per The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve seen how Amy behaves herself as a maid of honor so who knows what’s in store.”
7. We’ll see more of Bert
In addition to renting the apartment above his garage to Raj in the final episodes, Bert also popped up several times through Season 10. Viewers can expect to see plenty more of him in Season 11, as Molaro recently confirmed to THR.
“Brian Posehn is hilarious and we love him and it’s been fun to explore his character,” he said. “Bert makes Sheldon crazy in part because he’s so nice and that’s a really fun frenemy, He’s a good foil in a way in that it’s his sweetness that Sheldon finds so frustrating.”
8. Ramona may not be gone for good
What about the “other woman” who kissed Sheldon and seemingly fueled his proposal to Amy? We may not have seen the last of her just yet, although Molaro says he has yet to figure out her exact role in Season 11.
“I do know that we love Riki and she did an amazing job. I wouldn’t say no,” he said of potentially bringing her back, per Entertainment Weekly. “There’s no plan yet, but she’s terrific, and if we come up with a story that makes sense to see her again, then by all means, that would be great.”
9. It won’t be the last season
Throughout most of Season 10, it was unclear whether The Big Bang Theory would return for another season or not. Luckily, fans won’t have to worry about that in the upcoming season. The comedy has already been preemptively renewed through Season 12, so fans can look forward to new episodes through 2019.
10. The premiere date
Though many are eagerly awaiting to hear what Amy’s response to Sheldon’s proposal will be, it’ll be a while before we learn it. The Big Bang Theory won’t return for Season 11 until this fall, likely sometime in mid-to-late September. An exact premiere date is still TBD.