The Big Bang Theory is one of the most self-referential shows out there, with more long-running gags than you can shake a limited edition action figure at.
But as the seven-time Emmy-winning sitcom draws to a close, the writers have decided to pull one more Bazinga on us, and leave one of the series’ biggest mysteries unsolved.
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During WonderCon, executive producer Steve Molaro was asked whether fans would ever learn Penny’s (played by Kaley Cuoco) maiden name — a source of much speculation.
“We got nervous and superstitious about giving her one,” Molaro admitted, revealing that “it will always be [her married name] Hofstadter”.
Molaro also revealed that he’s hoping an idea he pitched during the first season will finally be used: a ‘death of a theory’ scene, in which the characters hold a funeral for a theory of theirs that’s disproved.
“Sheldon [Jim Parsons] or Leonard [Johnny Galecki] had a theory they had been working on forever [that is disproven] … and watch them go over the stages of grief,” he said.
The Big Bang Theory’s hour-long finale will air on the US channel CBS on Thursday 16th May at 8pm Eastern Time, before airing on E4 at a later date.