Johnny Galecki promises tears in the last Big Bang Theory episode

The smash-hit sitcom is coming to an end, and apparently even the stars don’t know exactly what’s going to happen

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 20: "The Gates Excitation" - Pictured: Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki). Penny gets the opportunity to host Bill Gates at work when his company wants to partner with her pharmaceutical company.  Also, Leonard, Koothrappali, and Wolowitz do everything in their power to meet him, while Sheldon thinks he is the victim of an April Fools prank, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, March 29 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Erik Voake/CBS via Getty Images)

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The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki has opened up about the upcoming final episode, promising an emotional end to the smash-hit US sitcom after 12 years on TV.

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“I just hope whatever we’re doing in that last episode it justifies the characters all crying because I know the cast will be,” the actor, who plays physicist Leonard Hofstadter in the series, told News.com.au.

“I keep thinking a good allegory for it is when you’re on a long road trip, which I like to do a lot, and you think, ‘I can keep going. I’m happy. I still have energy. I can go a couple of hundred more miles,’ but it’s not until you start to pull off the freeway that you realise, ‘No. This was a good idea. We should end this trip now.’”

However, Galecki wouldn’t be drawn when asked to spill some details about the episode, explaining that at the moment even the cast were being kept in the dark.

“No, but not because I’m trying to be enigmatic, I just don’t know,” he said

“The last episode is something that we’ve talked about for many, many years and there’s many variations and options.”

“I’ve always said if it were up to me, I’d have been playing this character at 80 years old,” added co-star Kaley Cuoco.

“It’s taking me a minute to digest that it’s coming to an end.”

“I’m getting emotional now talking about it,” agreed Galecki.

“I don’t think anyone was in disagreement about it but that doesn’t mean that it was an easy conversation. There were a lot of tears and a lot of hugs.

“But even if we took the show to Season 35, that conversation is inevitable, and still would have been just as difficult and emotional.”

In other words, we’d all better crack out the tissues for this one when it finally comes to screen…

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The Big Bang Theory series 12 is currently airing on E4, and the finale will air in 2019