On the season finale for “The Big Bang Theory” last month, we saw something incredibly rare when it comes to Dr. Sheldon Cooper — some minor physical contact between Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik). It was a landmark moment for one of the best comedic characters in all TV, and it also poses a real question — could he actually end up loving someone?
The issue of romance and “The Big Bang Theory” is an interesting one, and it also points to something that some could consider a flaw in the show — that for a bunch of geeks, it’s pretty interesting that only one of them (in Raj) is a single man. While Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch has done great things for the show, they also have changed the show in a fundamental way. Howard is now married; so can Sheldon really end up making some steps in the same direction?
We don’t see the legendary physicist (at least in his own mind) tying the knot anytime soon, and the show is probably better if he doesn’t change too much. Sheldon is never going to be the guy to make out with his girlfriend in public, and if he did so it would take away the awkwardness that we love from the character.
Based on everything that we have heard about the plans for season 6, Sheldon and Amy will continue their courtship — but rather than actually make too many big leaps forward, we are going to see them exploring their relationship more than they already have. The “married relationship” will come courtesy of Howard and Bernadette, and the sexual one appears to be Leonard and Penny (strange as that sounds). What makes this comedy work, even in spite of the relationships across the board, is that everyone one of them fills the void. No two of the male characters are at the same place in their dating lives, so there is always something new to talk about.
The new season of “The Big Bang Theory” premieres this fall (likely with Howard still in space after the launch), and we’ll have plenty more scoop to talk about then. For now, we’ll just pose this question — how far do you want to see Sheldon and Amy go with their relationship?