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“So Full Of Emotion”: Big Bang Theory Finale Time Jump’s True Meaning Confirmed By Star
2023/10/02

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The Big Bang Theory finale featured a time jump that apparently had deeper significance to the show. In 2019, CBS staged a super-sized series finale for The Big Bang Theory, which wrapped up the Pasadena gang's story in a mostly satisfying way. Sheldon and Amy eventually won the Nobel Prize in Physics, Leonard and Penny were pregnant, while the rest of the group was content with their respective lives. The show ended with them all back in Apartment 4A, sharing a meal like they usually did. While The Big Bang Theory finale was well-received because it tied all big narrative loose ends, some aspects of the two-episode swan song remain a mystery, including the random time jump between "Change Constant" and "The Stockholm Syndrome.

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In Jessica Radloff's book, The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story Of The Epic Hit Series, Johnny Galecki explains that the amount of time that 139½ hours passed between the episodes was about The Big Bang Theory's overall run. Read his full quote below:

It was the total number of hours of television we had produced. I think we were all so full of emotion, I don't remember specifically… but I certainly didn't put that structure back together after each take. Thank God we had prop masters because that would have been a pain in the ass.

Why The Big Bang Theory Finale Needed A Time Jump

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The secret meaning behind the time jump is undeniably touching. It also speaks to the show's penchant for subtle tributes, including Penny wearing the same shirt that she was wearing in The Big Bang Theory pilot in the last shot of the finale. Beyond that, viewers may argue that the time jump was unnecessary, but that's actually not the case. There were several reasons why The Big Bang Theory needed to flash forward in time.

For starters, the time jump allowed some separation between Sheldon and Amy, learning about their Nobel Prize in Physics win and the actual ceremony where they accepted the accolade.

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Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, The Big Bang Theory finale time jump was integral to the final Penny and Leonard plot twist, which involved them revealing that they were expecting their first child after being married for years. Admittedly, the development continues to be a divisive topic among viewers, but it couldn't have happened without the sitcom flashing forward.

It has been more than four years since The Big Bang Theory ended, and while it isn't quite enough time to merit a revival, there are already calls for a cast reunion, which would be similar to Max's Friends special. Whether that happens is currently unknown, but aside from Young Sheldon, the franchise is set to expand again with another spin-off that is in the works. The question is whether any of the original cast members will be involved in the new show.

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