The cast of Young Sheldon is weighing on the series’ fast-approaching end date.
As previously reported, the Big Bang Theory prequel will conclude with Season 7, kicking off Thursday, Feb. 15 (CBS, 8/7c) and culminating in a one-hour series finale on May 16.
Shortly after the news broke, leading man Iain Armitage addressed the news on Instagram.
“In case you wondered, I love my family,” he said, alongside a throwback photo with TV siblings Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan, all seated on Leonard and Sheldon’s couch. “There’s about 200 more people who make Young Sheldon happen and I’m grateful for each of them.
“We will make the best seventh season we can possibly make,” Armitage promised fans. “And behind the scenes there will be lots of laughter and lots of tears because I love all of these people so much.”
Revord, who plays Sheldon’s twin sister Missy, was among the first to comment on her TV sib’s post. “Can’t stop crying,” she wrote. “My family forever!”
Executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Steve Holland addressed the final season in a joint statement Thursday. “Being able to tell the origin of Sheldon Cooper, and expanding the story to include the entire Cooper family has been a wonderful experience,” they said. “We are grateful to our fans for embracing this chapter of the Coopers these past six seasons, and on behalf of the entire Young Sheldon family, we’re excited to share this final season with you.”
Additional cast statements will be added if/when they’re made available.
Assuming the prequel’s narrative keeps at a steady pace, Sheldon will turn 14 in Season 7 — the age at which, per Big Bang’s previously established timeline, the future Nobel Prize winner moves from Medford, Texas, to Pasadena, Calif., to begin his graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology.
That same year, Sheldon’s older brother Georgie — who recently put a ring on Mandy’s finger — marries for the first time, and family patriarch George meets his maker, setting up Young Sheldon for a bittersweet sendoff not unlike early ’90s classic The Wonder Years. But time will tell if the spinoff remains true to canon. As Holland previously warned TVLine, “just because [something happened on Big Bang] doesn’t mean it’s a story [our narrator] has to tell.”
The Young Sheldon news comes as Lorre and Warner Bros. are readying a second Big Bang spinoff for streaming service Max — though Lorre recently said that development is still in the “prenatal” stage.