How Producers Addressed The Fate Of George Cooper Sr

SPOILER ALERT! This story contains plot elements from the May 11 episode of Young Sheldon on CBS.

For fans of The Big Bang Theory, Thursday’s episode of Young Sheldon Shouldn’t have been a huge surprise. With just a week until the May 16 series finale, viewers were waiting for the comedy’s main character to deal with a major family tragedy before heading to Caltech.

This finally happened in the episode titled “A New House and Traditional Texas Torture.”

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Off camera, George Cooper Sr. (Lance Barber) died of a heart attack. His two best friends broke the tragic news to his family.

Here, executive producer Steve Holland explains the timing of George’s death and why it was important to keep it out of the series’ final episode.

DEADLINE: Is it weird to write about a result that fans of The Big Bang Theory I already knew and I was waiting Young SheldonThe final season of ?

STEVE HOLLAND: I mean, it’s a bit of a challenge. There are certain elements of the story and certain elements of the ending that people know. But I think for us it’s also about trying to tell these stories in a way that’s still surprising. Especially since the series was released on Netflix, I think there is a younger audience who is less familiar with Big Bang. So I actually don’t know the answer: how many people expect certain things to happen in the finale versus how many people will be surprised by it. It’s a good question.

DEADLINE: Was it established in big Bang that George died of a heart attack?

HOLLAND: I don’t remember if it was some kind of implied heart attack. I don’t know if we’ve ever talked about heart attacks. This is what we had always thought, internally. We know that Sheldon’s father died when he was 14, but I don’t remember if we ever talked specifically about heart attacks.

DEADLINE: I love the bait and change of scale and how you place George on it to check the roof!

HOLLAND: You get nervous every time he ventures into traffic or climbs the ladder. You must be nervous about what’s going to happen!

DEADLINE: Was there much discussion about whether the heart attack should happen off camera?

HOLLAND: This was always going to happen off camera. We did not want to witness this moment of his death. We always knew we were going to deal with her death this season, but we never thought about seeing her on camera. So the discussion was really about when this would happen in the last few episodes and how the family would receive the news.

DEADLINE: Why did you give him his dream job before he died?

HOLLAND: Because we are evil! For several reasons. We wanted to give George a win after all these years. Because there’s a segment of the audience that expects death to happen, and they thought it would be this season, we thought, “well, maybe if we put it in the episode 12, not even in the penultimate episode, maybe that will be the case.” it’s more of a surprise. And so it’s about understanding, well, what is this episode. And it felt like it was a good way, even if it was a little mean, to give George a little victory and make it feel like an episode was about something that wasn’t just about doing tread water until you get to that last moment. . I think that makes this final moment even more surprising and impactful.

DEADLINE: So you knew for a while that you didn’t want him to die in the last episode?

HOLLAND: We talked about it. I think at first we probably thought this would be the last episode or the funeral would be the last episode. While we were talking about it, I think Chuck Lorre said that the show was such a positive, loving family show. Let’s not let the public sink into grief. Maybe there’s a way to do that and then move past that and show the family starting to come back together and end with one more moment of hope.

The series finale of Young Sheldon will be broadcast on Thursday, May 16 in two consecutive episodes.

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