The Big Bang Theory Won't End With 'An Atomic Bomb'

CBS' hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory is approaching its endgame. With only a handful of episodes left, fans will soon say goodbye to Sheldon, Penny, Leonard and the rest of the gang when the 1-hour series finale bows on May 16. Now, The Big Bang Theory director Mark Cedrowski has confirmed there won't be any big surprises when the long-running series ends.

"I honestly don’t know that much," the director told Deadline. "The final episode has not been written completely yet; it’s been outlined. I will say the one thing about how they’ve approached the whole season: When we learned that this was to be the last season … writers have approached it, not so much as the show is wrapping up and we’ll never see them again and the finality of it all."

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"It’s going to be the last episode and it’s going to end, but people’s lives still go on. The characters will be giving the idea that their lives continue on. It’s not going to be an atomic bomb where things blow up and you never see anybody again."

The Big Bang Theory resumed its final stretch of new episodes on April 4. As the series approaches its finale, most of the characters appear to be getting what they have always wanted: Sheldon and Amy may end up winning a Nobel prize, Stuart Bloom is becoming a successful artist and Raj might finally find the love of his life.

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Since the finale won't bring any shocking finality to the characters, could we see some of them in a potential spinoff? Not according to Kunal Nayaar. "I’m taking those cargo pants and burning them," the actor joked during the panel. "I need a little bit of a break, as much as I’d miss playing that character. I’m ready to move on to different things now."

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT on CBS and will conclude with an hour-long series finale on May 16. The series stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch.

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