Seven seasons in, The Big Bang Theory has scored its most-watched finale and its first award for being “not funny.” Or so joked exec producer Steve Molaro, who phoned Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept our reader-voted Season Finale Award for Best Serious Moment in a Comedy for the train station scene.
The goal of the finale, as Molaro puts it, was to “chip away at Sheldon and break him down to the point where he just needed to leave to process everything.” The university wouldn’t let him change his field of study. Newly-engaged Leonard wanted to talk about new living arrangements (as did Amy). And the comic book store burned down. Leonard and Penny found an overwhelmed Sheldon at the train station and decided they needed to let him go. With the writers not yet back to work, Molaro won’t say how much the experience will change Sheldon, only that it will affect him.
Watching Penny kiss Sheldon’s cheek goodbye got Molaro choked up. But the half hour also packed enough laughs for readers to vote it Funniest Finale. Molaro shares his favorite joke in the interview below.
Watch the train station scene.