One mystery that we won’t be getting to the bottom of during the final season of The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) is the question mark after Penny’s name. According to the writers, Kaley Cuoco’s Penny won’t have her maiden name revealed in the series finale, instead leaving her as Penny Hofstader.
While speaking at the show’s WonderCon panel this past weekend, Executive Producer Steve Molaro fielded a fan question about whether viewers would finally learn Penny’s maiden name. “[Eventually] we got nervous and superstitious about giving her one,” Molaro said, confirming that Penny won’t be given a maiden name with her character instead being remembered as Penny Hofstader. “It will always be [her married name] Hofstadter,” said Molaro.
We’re not the only ones who were hoping to find out Penny’s maiden name. During an appearance on The Talk in September 2018, Cuoco revealed her wishes for the final season, which included finding out Penny’s last name and seeing the elevator get fixed. Well, we can still hold out hope for the perpetually broken elevator.
Though there are only a few episodes left until the one-hour series finale of The Big Bang Theory on May 16, the writers are continuing to put the final touches on the highly anticipated episode. Speaking with TV Insider, Executive Producer Bill Prady said that the writers are still working on giving the beloved characters a proper sendoff.
“There are still pieces of the [finale] we have to figure out. We know some of the ‘what’. We don’t know all of the ‘how,’” said Prady. “There’s a lot of talk about wanting to feel that the gang’s world will continue as viewers know it to be. Of all the feelings we’ve talked about, that’s one that we all like.”
The BBT creators recently received some advice on how to end a hugely successful comedy from someone who has been there. Big Bang Theory writer Tara Hernandez told the crowd at WonderCon that she and her team recently had the chance to speak with Friends co-creator and writer Marta Kauffman. “A few of us were at an event and saw [her],” said Hernandez, who remembers Kauffman quickly comforting the writers after learning they were ending their time on BBT. “It’s going to be so hard on you,” Kauffman told the group, “But you’ll fall in love with the next one. You have to fall in love with the next [show].”
The countdown to our heartbreak is on. At least we have Kaley Cuoco’s coffee table book to look forward to after May 16.