How Young Sheldon Foreshadowed The Big Bang Theory Finale (After It Already Aired)

Thanks to Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory had two series finales in one night.

"A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast" - Pictured: Sheldon (Iain Armitage). Sheldon invites the entire school to a party for the Nobel Prize announcements. Also, Meemaw learns more about Dr. Sturgis' past, and Georgie's desire for cable TV leads to a standoff between him and George Sr., on the second season finale of YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, May 16 (9:01-9:31PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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May 16, 2019 was a big day for The Big Bang Theory, as fans said goodbye to the beloved comedy after 12 years on-air. Thankfully, fans still had Young Sheldon to watch right after the BBT series finale, with the season 2 finale of the spinoff airing at 9 p.m. the very same night.

Despite airing after The Big Bang Theory had already ended, this now-classic Young Sheldon episode features a touching moment that “foreshadows” the original series and serves as an immediate reunion for the younger versions of its characters, giving viewers not only a perfect second finale for The Big Bang Theory, but a full-circle moment in Young Sheldon that reminds us there’s always more to the story. Allow us to explain. 

In the season 2 finale of Young Sheldon, Sheldon invites everyone at school to his garage for a party to hear the Nobel Prize in physics announcements. Heartbreakingly, no one shows up besides his mom, who he insists can leave and go back to bed. This leads to adult Sheldon’s narration saying, “In that moment, I felt like a neutrino, destined to be alone forever,” as we see pure sadness wash over his younger self. It’s heartbreaking and probably something many viewers can understand and relate to. 

Then, in a scene full of The Big Bang Theory goodness, viewers are treated to images of Leonard, Penny, Raj, Howard, Bernadette, and Amy as kids to signify that Sheldon was wrong and that he will eventually find his people. The sequence is an affecting moment of hope. And it’s a clear love letter to the original comedy that includes choice details like the wardrobe each character is wearing, Leonard’s asthma inhaler on his desk, Mrs. Wolowitz’s yelling at Howard, Bernadette’s beauty pageant trophy and slash, Amy reading Little House on the Prairie, Raj’s telescope, and Penny’s cowgirl hat. 


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