The final scene is between Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki). Season 5 anticipated the Big Bang Theory storyline subtly.
The Big Bang Theory’s (Johnny Galecki) and Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) ending arc was spoiled way back in season 5. The Hofstadters had been married for a while, and the writers decided to liven things up by introducing a quarrel that the couple had to deal with for the entire year. Before it ended in 2019, CBS’ hit sitcom lasted 12 years.
Despite dating for so long – and being married for a few more years – the couple appeared to have opposing views on their future. Leonard was dead set on having children, but his wife wasn’t sure. Penny eventually found a job in the pharmaceutical field, where she thrived after years of battling in her career. She was skeptical about her husband’s idea since she feared that getting pregnant might disrupt her current life. That was the couple’s predicament throughout season 12 of The Big Bang Theory, and viewers were split on the subject. Leonard had long voiced his desire to start a family on the one hand. On the other hand, Penny’s choice appeared to come out of nowhere to some. However, it’s been established for a few seasons that she was always apprehensive about becoming pregnant.
“The Recombination Hypothesis” was 100th episode of The Big Bang Theory in 2012. After deciding to repair their romance, Leonard and Penny daydreamed about their future in the film. Penny imagines herself extremely pregnant at her wedding ceremony with Leonard as she chooses her outfit for his date with his then-ex-boyfriend. She is frightened by the thought, so she decides to go to the drugstore before the date. Penny wasn’t afraid of the prospect of marrying Leonard, as she would have canceled their meeting if she had been. Instead, it emphasizes that she has always been wary of being pregnant. As many have thought, it wasn’t something that appeared out of nowhere in season 12 of The Big Bang Theory but instead was developed in more subtle ways. Unfortunately, the program never prioritized it because it was never central to the plot until its final year.
The fact that Penny and Leonard’s last The Big Bang Theory plotline was so unexpected has been a source of much criticism. The couple had been married for some years, and this dispute had never been an issue before. But that wasn’t the fundamental fault with the plot; instead, it was how it was carried out. After putting the Hofstadter’s on hold for years after their wedding, CBS felt compelled to give them something to do in the final season of The Big Bang Theory, and it appeared that this disagreement was created primarily to provide the couple with a plot. Otherwise, the series would have finished with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) as supporting characters in Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) Nobel Prize in Physics candidacy. The writers magically addressed the couple’s argument by announcing Penny was joyfully pregnant at the last minute. That effectively wrecked the entire arc and disproved her point of view.
Penny and Leonard were undeniably in love with one other. However, many fans were disappointed with how The Big Bang Theory handled its last story. If they’d continued to work on their relationship after they married, the announcement that they were expecting a child would have gone over better.