A great deal of the focus over the years on The Big Bang Theory has been on the relationships of the main characters, which have ranged from hot and heavy to lukewarm. One of the most surprisingly sweet romances on the show is the one that developed between Sheldon and Amy. Sheldon hardly seemed like a character who could open himself up to showing physical affection, let alone falling in love, but the Season 8 finale reveal that Sheldon had an engagement ring ready to go was proof that he was all-in on their relationship. Executive producer Steve Molaro dropped this tease about the future of the ring:

Right now, there is such a new world of living together and what that means, and working that out. That's offered a boatload of fun stories, so I don't think we're in a rush for an engagement. Everyone knows that ring is floating around. Who knows when? I'm excited to find out.

Season 10 has seen a lot of progress for Sheldon and Amy on the romance front. They moved in to Penny's old apartment together, and Sheldon even gave up scheduling bathroom time and refusing to share a toothbrush holder with his lady love. Engagement does seem like the natural next step after the toothbrush holder commitment, but Steve Molaro's hints about the future of their relationship makes it sound like it will be a while before Sheldon busts out the engagement ring.

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Given how Sheldon and Amy have been shown as the ideal mates for each other, we can probably count on The Big Bang Theory intending that Shamy will be a romantic endgame. If that's the case, then this will be the only time that viewers will see Amy starting a new life with somebody and Sheldon compromising on bathroom time with anybody. Why rush Sheldon and Amy to relationship milestones when there are still laughs to be had while they're adjusting to cohabitation? Besides, coitus is still a relatively rare occurrence for Shamy. Amy may want Shelton to commit to hooking up more often than on her birthday if she's going to want to marry him.

Of course, Sheldon has shown a willingness to rush to one particular milestone. A Season 10 episode actually featured Sheldon trying to seduce Amy in the hopes of creating a genius baby with both of their DNA. Amy wasn't thrilled that he was only opening himself up to intimacy in this case because he wanted to knock her up, and there were plenty of laughs to be had as they each tried to stand their ground. The humor in this stage of their relationship hasn't gotten stale, so even the biggest Shamy fans may not be too upset by Steve Molaro's admission to EW that wedding bells won't be ringing for Sheldon and Amy any time soon.

The Big Bang Theory is currently on hiatus. It will return to the airwaves on Thursday, February 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else you can catch on the small screen in 2017.

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