Keep an extra box of tissues on standby for The Big Bang Theory series finale. The final episode of Season 12, aka the final episode ever, actually tapes this Tuesday, April 30 (which is also Kunal Nayyar's birthday) and airs May 16. But the cast members now have their scripts, and just finished the finale table read today. It was a hugely emotional experience for Kaley Cuoco (Penny) in particular, who has already made it clear she doesn't want this story to end.
Awww. Kaley Cuoco looks like she's giving herself a supportive hug after the table read for the final episode. It looks like she's either mid-sob or maybe smiling through tears.
She definitely hinted to many tears by sharing this photo with crumpled tissues (which she used to block script pages):
So not only did The Big Bang Theory finale make her emotional, it left her at "a loss for words." Speechless.
Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) shared this cast and crew photo before they went through the table read:
Mayim Bialik (Amy) took a moment to share love for Melissa Rauch during the emotional table read gathering:
Expect Big Bang Theory stars to share more emotional photos after they shoot this final episode on Tuesday. And then they'll react again on May 16 after fans get a chance to watch the one-hour two episode event. And then we'll have to see if CBS announces another spinoff, beyond the prequel Young Sheldon. And then a year or two from now, Kaley Cuoco has a fun plan to honor the show.
So the end isn't completely the end, as Jim Parsons already put it in his hilarious goodbye message to Sheldon Cooper.
The Big Bang Theory is now winding down to its finale, but it continues airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.