How Sex Will Change Sheldon On The Big Bang Theory

Last night, The Big Bang Theory had one of its biggest episodes ever. Sheldon and Amy have had trouble being intimate with one other—all thanks to Sheldon—for about as long as we can remember, but during Thursday’s big episode, he finally took the plunge. While Sheldon actually really enjoyed the life-changing moment, showrunner Steve Molaro recently spoke out to discuss how sex will affect Sheldon in the coming weeks. His answer? It won’t really change the character at all. Here’s what he had to say:

He enjoyed it, but his priorities are his work and research. Like a scientist, he investigated a sexual relationship and enjoyed what he found and sees no reason to pursue it until there's another birthday.

I guess it shouldn’t surprise us that Sheldon will continue to put his work above his personal life, but having sex change Sheldon and Amy’s relationship exactly nil is also a golden opportunity for The Big Bang Theory. Honestly, the joke about revisiting sex next year was one of the best parts of last night’s episode, and I think it’ll be really amusing if the show makes the bedroom activity a one-off yearly event. It’ll be something amusing to look forward to, like when Marshall would dole out a slap for Barney every now and again as part of their slap bet shenanigans. Sex is as integral to Amy and Sheldon’s relationship as the slaps were to the HIMYM cast and if they play the coitus plotline out carefully, it could be a funny thing to revisit every now and again for fans.

Plus, it just suits Sheldon’s personality. While I was actually a little astonished he seemed to enjoy shacking up with Amy so much, it does not surprise me at all that he would just shrug the whole coitus thing off and head back to work. Molaro also told THR that it is just in Sheldon’s personality to shrug off sex and “maintain his priorities.”

Molaro’s comments mirror those made by actress Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy on the series, recently. She said:

We’re still us. I don’t think it’s going to be like, ‘Oh, Sheldon’s changed.’ It’s been so gradual, this process, that I don’t think every episode’s going to be about this anymore, you know? I think we’re going to go back to doing the show that we do here.

So, there you have it, kids. Shamy finally got back together and then got it on. Now, things seem as if they will be going back to normal once The Big Bang Theory returns after winter hiatus. Still, I bet Molaro and co. will have some other shenanigans in store. The Big Bang Theory is set to return on Thursday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET. You can find out when your other favorites are returning with our midseason TV premiere schedule.

Jessica Rawden
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