Young Sheldon explores stories previously told in The Big Bang Theory (Picture: CBS)
A boss on The Big Bang Theory has addressed the unsettling cliffhanger that Young Sheldon viewers watched in the season four finale of the spin-off, explaining the importance of depicting the ‘complicated’ nature of life.
Young Sheldon, which premiered in 2017, follows the young version of the incredibly intelligent Sheldon Cooper, played by Iain Armitage.
The character was first depicted by Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory, which ran for 12 years and 12 seasons.
In the final episode for season four of Young Sheldon, his father George Cooper Sr. (Lance Barber) heads to a bar after arguing with his mother Mary Cooper (Zoe Perry), where he is approached by the newly-single Brenda Sparks (Melissa Peterman).
In a statement released after the episode aired, Steve Molaro, who was an executive producer on The Big Bang Theory and is a co-creator of Young Sheldon, explained how stories previously told by the older version of Sheldon about his father are playing out in the prequel series.
‘The Big Bang Theory fans have heard Sheldon tell stories about his dad for years,’ he said.
Sheldon’s parents, Mary and George Sr, argue in the season 4 finale (Picture: Warner Bros/Channel 4)
‘We try to honor those stories but also like to find unexpected ways for them to play out.’
Steve outlined how the ‘stories Adult Sheldon is telling us come from a new perspective – one he has gained after becoming a father himself’ – a fact that has been highlighted in the first four seasons of Young Sheldon.
‘Sometimes life gets complicated, but we’re excited to explore these new chapters in the lives of the Coopers,’ the TV producer added.
In the first episode of season four, viewers were delighted when a voiceover from the adult Sheldon and Dr Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) revealed the name of their son.
As the 11-year-old Sheldon celebrates graduating from high school with a backyard party attended by his family, the older Sheldon states in the voiceover: ‘It was the best graduation party I had ever been to – that is, until the one we had for my son, Leonard Cooper.’
However, while some fans may have assumed his son was named after his best friend Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), he adds that the name was in tribute to Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy.
‘I wanted his name to be Leonard Nimoy Cooper, but Amy wouldn’t let me,’ he says, as Amy chimes in to say: ‘Be happy I let you name him Leonard!’
Young Sheldon is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video.
Credit: Original article published here.