- Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” finale.
- Part two of the “Big Bang Theory” finale on Thursday moved forward in time two months to reveal that Penny is pregnant.
- The reveal was entirely unexpected.
- The entire season showcased Penny adamantly saying she didn’t want children. Late on the episode, she said the pregnancy was an accident and just went with it.
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CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” ended on Thursday night with one last big surprise.
As Amy and Sheldon were preparing to celebrate their Nobel Prize win, Penny and Leonard had some big news of their own: The couple revealed they were expecting their first child.
Fans were surprised and happy.
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Penny’s pregnancy was the third big reveal on the finale, after Amy and Sheldon’s Nobel Prize news and the building’s elevator getting fixed.
It was also the most unexpected. Though it made for a satisfying conclusion to the hit CBS comedy, Penny’s pregnancy felt a bit unearned.
Penny made it clear the entire season that she didn’t want to have kids, so to see her do a 180 all of a sudden on one episode without too much of an explanation felt a bit odd. And some fans agreed.
Sheldon: I thought Penny didn't want children.
Leonard: She didn't, now she does.
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I'm a tiny bit disappointed they made Penny pregnant after spending a number of episodes on how she didn't want kids… #BigBangTheoryFinale
— Elise ♿️ (@elisability) May 17, 2019
Penny is pregnant! I thought Penny didn’t want kids or did she change her mind? I am happy but a little disappointed since Penny has been saying all these years she didn’t want kids. There is nothing wrong with a woman not wanting kids #BigBangTheory
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It was self-serving for both the show and viewers who wanted to see Penny and Leonard have a traditional family.
When Penny’s best gal pals, Bernadette and Amy, mentioned they thought she didn’t want kids, Penny offered a simple explanation: The baby was an accident. She went out with Sheldon, got drunk, and went home to have sex with her husband, Leonard. It would have made more sense to see Penny struggle with that realisation a little before ultimately choosing to move forward with the pregnancy happily.
The showrunner, Steve Holland, told Entertainment Weekly the reveal was discussed earlier in the season as a way to bookend the final episode with a moment from the series’ pilot where Leonard predicted that his children with Penny would be “smart and beautiful.” The pregnancy was part of the plan.
“It also felt a little bit like people were expecting it, so to write against it all season felt like a way to make that moment play as more of a surprise,” Holland said.
At the end of the day, the Penny and Leonard news made for a series finale that many fans seem satisfied with, and those can be rare with beloved shows.
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