Two of the biggest shows on television are ending for good this week. For as different as they are, The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones are both airing their series finales within a few days of each other. The two finales probably won't have too many similarities unless Big Bang introduces some late-in-the-game dragons or Game of Thrones decides to go with a laugh track for the final conflicts.
That said, Big Bang Theory showrunner Steve Holland as well as former showrunner/current executive producer Steven Molaro jokingly compared their series finale to Thrones' finale:
Steve Holland: I think they will have more deaths. That's my prediction, but only barely.
Steven Molaro: But we've decided to add four dragons to the Big Bang finale just to keep things even. And a shocking amount of nudity.
Based on what we know about the Game of Thrones finale (and what we can guess based on Daenerys' actions in the latest episode), there will indeed be a lot of deaths before the final credits roll, so Steve Holland's prediction is both hilarious and probably accurate. The Big Bang Theory has killed off characters in the past, but certainly not on the scale of Game of Thrones.
Also less incest on The Big Bang Theory than Game of Thrones, although neither Steve Holland nor Steven Molaro mentioned that in their chat with TV Guide. Molaro went bigger and bolder than Holland by claiming that the Big Bang finale will feature four dragons. Unless we're counting Dany as a literal dragon, that's one more dragon than Game of Thrones ever featured alive at the same time.
And honestly, any amount of nudity on The Big Bang Theory would probably be more shocking than an orgy on Game of Thrones, after all the years of brothels and sex scenes on the HBO show. The only sex scenes that seem to shock on Thrones nowadays are the ones that involve unexpected characters. Then again, one of Big Bang's biggest hookups was such a shock that even the actors didn't see it coming!
All joking aside, The Big Bang Theory series finale is "not going to be an atomic bomb where things blow up and you never see anybody again," according to one director. The lives of the characters will go on, and presumably without the risk of civil war or any of the other awful things that could be in store for Westeros on Game of Thrones.
Big Bang fans may want to stock up on the tissues before tuning in for the final adventures of Leonard, Sheldon, and the rest, but hopefully the tears will be happy.
The penultimate episode delivered a shocking breakup; are more breakups in store, or will it be smooth sailing through to the very end? We'll have to wait and see. The Big Bang Theory series finale will be followed by the Young Sheldon Season 2 finale, which will feature some Big Bang characters in some unexpected ways. After Young Sheldon is a Big Bang Theory farewell special, so fans should prepare to park themselves in front of the TV on CBS this Thursday starting at 8 p.m. ET.