For many TV viewers, The Big Bang Theory was must-see TV for more than a decade, and the odds were looking decent that it would be back for another season or two after the upcoming twelfth. The recent news that The Big Bang Theory will officially end after Season 12 undoubtedly came as a shock to longtime fans, and they may need every single episode of the final season to come to terms with the fact that the end is nigh. (Other viewers may not have so much trouble.) Longtime Big Bang Theory leading lady Kaley Cuoco was clearly feeling the impact of the big news, and she shared a touching message about the show's ending:

The Instagram handle may read "normancook," but Kaley Cuoco is the one posting pics, and she shared some heartwarming words with the almost four million users who follow her. She posted her message along with a picture of the cast, including Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Simon Helberg along with Cuco herself. In the post, she calls her work on The Big Bang Theory a "dream come true" and admits that her heart "would have always been broken in two" whenever it ended. It's no surprise that Cuoco would have an emotional reaction to the end of the series; although she certainly wasn't an unknown actress when she landed the role of Penny, The Bang Theory made her a household name.

Although she's emotional enough to be "drowning in tears," Kaley Cuoco made sure to let readers know that viewers are in for what could be the best season yet. Cuoco comes across as grateful rather than upset at the decision to end The Big Bang Theory, and fans should all be able to appreciate that the decision to end The Big Bang Theory came so early. After all, the twelfth season hasn't even premiered yet. Will the looming end put a damper on some of the shenanigans of Season 12? Perhaps. But the early decision to conclude The Big Bang Theory means that the writers will have adequate time to craft the perfect finale.

Admittedly, shows like How I Met Your Mother prove that even sitcoms with advance warning of the end don't always conclude on notes that are altogether satisfying for fans. Still, The Big Bang Theory has set the stage for the characters' stories to continue. The major characters have made strides in their careers, and the Season 11 finale ended with Sheldon and Amy tying the knot. The first season of Young Sheldon confirmed that Sheldon at least will have children at some point, and we have to assume that those little bundles of brainy joy will be with Amy. And we already know that Amy's mom will be back! How about Mark Hamill dropping by to officiate another wedding?

Only time will tell. Season 12 of The Big Bang Theory will premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET, to be immediately followed by the Season 2 premiere of Young Sheldon on CBS. For more information about what's to come on the small screen in the not-too-distant future, check out our fall TV premiere schedule.

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