Though we all assumed Season 8’s big cliffhanger involved an engagement ring, would a Shamy proposal really feel like the appropriate next step for TV’s most platonic romantic relationship? A promise ring, on the other hand, seems like something the slowly evolving Dr. Cooper might see as a worthy gesture on his part. Furthermore, the show becomes less interesting if every couple gets hitched. Based on precedent, we’re hopeful the writers will find a unique way of advancing the relationship without diluting Sheldon’s eccentricities and shoehorning him into a situation for which his character is obviously not ready.
THE (SECOND) ROOMMATE TRANSMOGRIFICATION
Spoiler alert: Showrunner Steven Molaro has already confirmed Leonard and Penny’s nuptials, meaning the time has come for the inevitable roommate switcharoo. And while all signs point towards Leonard moving across the hall, it might be more fun to see Penny move in with Leonard, and have Sheldon occupy Apartment 4B. Sure, he might be reluctant at first, but we have no doubt the obsessive-compulsive physicist would learn to love the apartment — a Sheldonopolis, if you will! — after making it his own.
THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER FORMULATION
We cringed at the reveal that Leonard had kissed another woman on his North Sea expedition. We cringed some more when we exclusively revealed details on the mystery woman’s arrival in Season 9. Thankfully, Leonard and Penny tie the knot in Sept. 21 premiere, officially making Penny “Mrs. Hofstadter” — and affording the writers the opportunity to never actually reveal Penny’s maiden name — long before that other woman’s Pasadena arrival. Let’s just hope the Powers That Be stop trying to infuse drama with retconned betrayal and let these newlyweds be happy. (Less conflict, more funny, please!)
THE PALPABLE AFFECTION PROOF
In the Season 8 finale, Raj told Emily that he loved her, more afraid of the prospect of winding up alone than entering into a longtime relationship with someone he frequently fears. If the astrophysicist intends on learning to love her, the show will have to prove to its audience why they work as a couple:Her appearances thus far have been too far and few between to truly get a sense of whether they’re even remotely compatible.
THE NERDVANA DEVIATION
While Season 8 did well by its original leading men, it did very little in the form of embracing the nerd culture that made the show what it was. The Powers That Be would only be doing the show a disservice if Season 9 continued to deviate from its roots. (As a TVLine commenter recently pointed out, Big Bang used to be about the science of all relationships. In its most recent season, the show only focused on the science of its romantic ones.)
THE BOB NEWHART REIMPLEMENTATION
EP Steve Molaro’s intent to address the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII gives the hitcom ample opportunity to reintroduce Professor Proton as part of Sheldon’s subconscious in his Obi-Wan Kenobi afterlife garb!
THE ANCESTRY EXPANSION
Now that Mrs. Wolowitz has passed, and we’ve had the pleasure of meeting Howard’s half-brother, what better time to introduce his estranged father and his father’s extended second family? (Last spring, we suggested the late Forever‘s Judd Hirsch for the role of Sam Wolowitz.)
THE EMMA GELLER-GREEN HYPOTHESIS
But please, for the love of Anything Can Happen Thursday, let’s stray from introducing a Howard and Bernadette baby. Nothing screams “aging sitcom” more than an ironically coined bundle of joy. (No one — and we mean no one — is looking to see Howard and Bernadette sing “Baby Got Back.”)