Sheldon was faced with multiple life-changing events when he realized he had to move. The university wasn’t allowing him to switch his area of study and he found himself stuck keeping with a subject he wasn’t interested in anymore. What’s more, Sheldon’s favorite book store was destroyed in a fire. Where does this leave the “Big Bang Theory” character who hates change?
The show’s executive producer, Steve Molaro, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the finale and the mission behind a new avenue in taking Sheldon.
“We talked about it for a little while and we thought it would be interesting to systematically chip away at Sheldon. Break him down to the point where he just needed to leave to process everything.”
Molaro expects Sheldon to change with the progression of Leonard and Penny’s relationship. The producer notes that the other characters have undergone some kind of growth as the show has evolved.
“If you look at the history of the show over the past several years, they’ve all changed quite a bit. It’s a slow change and that’s how we like to do it, but everybody has really grown. Sheldon, Penny, Leonard…So I think everyone’s making growth in their own way. Our goal is usually to have the characters grow, but have them still be the characters.”
Parson’s character will likely show more emotion in season 8 of “Big Bang Theory.” Molaro shared that Sheldon is capable of more emotion and viewers will get glimpses of that.
The producer added:
“[Sheldon's] a work in progress. Sometimes, moments of humanity sneak out.”
Storylines for season 8 haven’t been mapped out yet, but Sheldon will have a deeper side to him seen on the show.
Molaro concluded by saying Sheldon is trying to figure things out after learning of the engagement:
“We’re not back yet. We go back in a couple of weeks. So for now [Sheldon Cooper] is off riding the rails like a hobo [laughs]”
“Big Bang Theory” season 8 airs on CBS this Fall.