Ever since The Big Bang Theory left us on several cliffhangers at the end of Season 8, we’ve been wondering what will happen when the series returns this fall. Apparently, showrunner Steve Molaro doesn’t want there to be too much suspense, however. This week he solved one of the big mysteries from last season related to Penny and Leonard and their potential wedding in Vegas. We can officially confirm that despite the cheating announcement from Leonard, the two will indeed be getting married in the Season 9 premiere. Sounds great, right? However, Molaro also says that’s not remotely the end of the story:
That’s really only the beginning of the story. As fun and as great as it is to see them get married, that’s only part of it.
I’m honestly a little shocked that Molaro let us in on this information to TV Line, at all. The hype surrounding the cliffhanger ending in the finale was extremely high, both for the Leonard and Penny plotline and the Sheldon and Amy storyline, which also ended on a cliffhanger—they broke up and then Sheldon revealed he had already bought an engagement ring. So, for the showrunner to straight-up announce the information just a few weeks before the big fall premiere is both a little startling and a little exciting, because if the team is willing to reveal that hot fact now, it should mean what’s coming after is an even bigger deal.
If you aren’t caught up on the series and want to be in the know, in this spring’s finale, Penny and Leonard grew tired of trying to find the perfect time to get married and decided to drive to Las Vegas to get hitched quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately, on the way there, Leonard opened his trap about a former incident in which he kissed a woman while on an expedition. His relationship with Penny was not as strong at the time, but they were definitely together. She was obviously a little nonplussed by the news, but at the end of the episode, they were still continuing to head toward Nevada.
Even though we know the big news now, The Big Bang Theory should still have a few surprises for us come fall. First, we already know the show has cast Melissa Tang to play the woman Leonard actually cheated on Penny with. We don’t know how she will be integrated into the plot, but I expect there to be some drama along with the comedy.
The Big Bang Theory will return to the schedule on Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET, although it will resume it’s normal Thursday night timeslot as soon as football finishes its run on CBS. If you’d like to see what else the network has coming up this fall, check out our fall TV premiere schedule.