Get it? 12 deaths for 12 season. Those show creators are silly.
"We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons," the network said in a statement. "We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close."
And that epic may have been inspired by Game of Thrones?
Recently leaked documents show that - released from the pressures of keeping each episode as comfortable and unchanging as the last - show creators want to take this final season in a new direction a la How I Met Your Mother.
These documents include a list of plot points per episode except for the series finale, which only lists a title of "The Fatal Flotation Device Miscalculation."
So, with this information, enjoy the following listicle of the eleven character deaths planned for the final season of The Big Bang Theory.
1. Wil Wheaton
Starting things off we have frienemy of Dr. Sheldon Cooper himself, Wil Wheaton.
Playing himself in The Big Bang Theory, Wil served as a minor, but pivotal antagonist in the third season and was generally portrayed as a darker version of himself in earlier seasons. After making peace with Sheldon in the fifth season, he became friends with the main characters of the show.
This all changes in "The Sodium Oversaturation Imolation" where Sheldon, attempting to play a good-spirited prank on the former child actor, accidentally sets Wil on fire. He survives the episode to give resolution, but dies of chemical burns.
2. Leslie Winkle
Dr. Leslie Winkle, Ph.D., was an experimental physicist at the California Institute of Technology who worked in the same laboratory as Leonard. She dated Leonard on-and-off, and later Howard. Because of her shallow and manipulative nature, she was arguably the central antagonist of the second season - although the only true hostility she ever displayed is towards Sheldon.
Leslie made her final appearance in "The Lunar Excitation" when she rejected Leonard's offer for casual sex and left the series after that, but then reappeared in "The Celebration Experimentation" in the ninth season to celebrate Sheldon's birthday.
In the twelfth season's episode titled "The Time Winkle," inspired by the ever popular television series Rick and Morty, Sheldon and Howard try to make a time portal and mistakenly create an inter-dimensional portal. Leslie, after having only delivered one line of dialogue, is sucked into the portal which immediately closes as Howard's shoddy engineering fails. She is never seen again.
3. Stuart Bloom
Stuart David Bloom (just known as Stuart) was the owner of The Comic Center of Pasadena, which the guys regularly visit, and their friend.
Stuart started bonding with his similarly lonely counterpart Raj at the start of Season 6, substituting for Howard when Howard had gone to space. His actor, Kevin Sussman, was added to the main cast in season 6 with his credit at the opening when he was present in the episode; however, he was demoted back to the recurring status in "The Tangible Affection Proof" (S06E16), but had it restored at the start of season eight in "The Locomotion Interruption".
Stuart appropriately dies from excessive bleeding after suffering a paper cut on a comic book in "The Anemia Exacerbation."
4-8. Most of Sheldon's Family
Mary Cooper (mother), Edward (maternal uncle), George Cooper Jr. (brother), and Missy Cooper (twin sister), die in a skydiving accident in "The Parachute Para-shoot." In the same episode, Sheldon's maternal grandmother, known mononymously as Meemaw, becomes a missing person and is assumed dead.
9. Amy Farrah Fowler
Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D., was a neurobiologist, whom Raj and Howard discovered as a possible match for Sheldon through an online dating service (without Sheldon's knowledge). By Sheldon's own admission, she was most like him by any standard. In the Season 10 finale, Sheldon asked her to marry him. In the Season 11 premiere, "The Proposal Proposal", she and Sheldon got engaged.
Amy's death is less clear from the documents. While her name appears under a list titled "Character Deaths", where a cause of death is usually listed, there is only a hand written note reading "Mayim quits???"
10-11. Penny and Howard?
Take this one with a grain of salt. All the deaths in this list prior have been non-main cast members (excepting Amy, who only became a main cast member come season 4).
It is unlikely that this one is serious and could very well be a decoy to throw off readers of the leaked document, especially since the proposed episode of death "The One Where Penny And Howard Join A Cult" doesn't follow the show's traditional episode naming structure.
12. Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
If you live in the social world you know who Sheldon is; you're not getting a bio.
Sheldon's death is as uncertain as the prior two, at least in form, but his death will be certain. An entire page of the leaked document is devoted to a list of crossed out and re-written potential deaths including "brain so big, explodes," "so much sunburn," and a list item that is circled and starred: "that limbo thing from inception where you're just like trapped in your mind."
Get ready, this season is gonna be a hit!