Young Sheldon Season 7: Unexpected Return and Finale Speculations Young Sheldon Season 7: Unexpected Return and Finale Speculations
Billy Sparks Returns for the Final Season of Young Sheldon
Despite the conclusion of their story arc, a critical family to Sheldon Cooper‘s backstory is set to make a return in the spinoff’s final season.
The final season of Young Sheldon will reportedly feature the return of a recurring character on the show despite the story already moving on from them.
Wyatt McClure, who plays Sheldon’s neighbor, Billy Sparks, in the Big Bang Theory spinoff series, recently took to Instagram to share an image from the set of Young Sheldon confirming his character’s appearance in the upcoming seventh season.
His post contains an image of a striped wall with a sign that has his character’s name, Billy Sparks, written with a marker and a caption stating his gratitude to be able to reunite with the show’s cast and crew.
Billy’s Return and Potential Plotlines in Young Sheldon Season 7
In the series, which tells the story of the socially challenged super genius Sheldon Cooper‘s upbringing, as referenced in The Big Bang Theory, Billy Sparks is the Coopers’ longtime adolescent neighbor, whom Sheldon recalls numerous times in the original show.
Currently, it is unclear whether McClure’s character will have a major role in the upcoming season, though a plot thread from season six may allude to it.
In the previous season, Billy’s mother, Brenda, engaged in what almost became a full-fledged love affair with Sheldon’s father, George, resulting in a confrontation between her and his mother, Mary.
The plotline was quickly resolved by the end of the season and never mentioned again after it, leading many to believe it was no longer relevant, but McClure’s presence in the upcoming season has led to some speculation online that it may come up once more.
Billy’s portrayal in the show has sparked some confusion from fans since Sheldon cites the boy as his biggest childhood bully in The Big Bang Theory, even though he is rarely shown being mean to him in Young Sheldon. Thus, many are speculating that his return in season seven will mark the start of a new arc for the character that will see him become the person so frequently referenced in the original show.
Young Sheldon Season 7: Finale Speculations and Tie-Ins to The Big Bang Theory
Season seven is intended to be the swan song for Young Sheldon, serving as its official series finale and bringing the popular sitcom to a conclusive end.
As of the time of this writing, it is unclear whether the season’s plot threads will effectively bridge the gap between it and the sitcom that spawned the show, as the season has yet to premiere on CBS.
The first five seasons of Young Sheldon are available to stream on Netflix, with new episodes airing on CBS later this year.
Young Sheldon and the Nobel Prize Connection
Young Sheldon has one last chance to make up for its worst Big Bang Theory finale crime.
The Big Bang Theory finale disrespected a particular aspect of Sheldon’s childhood, and Young Sheldon Season 7 has one last chance to fix it.
Young Sheldon Season 7 is the final time that it can make amends for The Big Bang Theory’s worst finale mistake. Despite an unevenly paced season 12, The Big Bang Theory finale delivered a satisfying and even emotional send-off to the Pasadena gang.
If there was any doubt beforehand about Sheldon’s place in the series, the two-part capper crystallized the idea that he was the show’s true lead, with its storyline primarily revolving around his bidding and eventual winning of the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Amy for their Super Asymmetry paper.
Throughout The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon talked about wanting to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, and Young Sheldon subsequently revealed that it was the character’s lifelong dream.
As smart as he was, however, he couldn’t have done it without many people, and surprisingly, he made sure to thank them during his poignant speech.
The rest of the Coopers weren’t in attendance; instead, it was his friends who were with him — a creative choice to highlight the core messaging of The Big Bang Theory.
Unfortunately, there was one special person that he forgot to mention during his speech — Dr. Sturgis.
Young Sheldon Season 7: Addressing the Dr. Sturgis Oversight
Sheldon failing to thank Dr. Sturgis in his Nobel Prize speech despite being his first mentor and the person who introduced him to theoretical physicists is a big disrespect to the character.
He was instrumental in not just honing Sheldon’s love of science, but also in carving the path for his future. Had it not been for him, Sheldon wouldn’t have been able to score the Germany study grant that he went to in the Young Sheldon season 6 finale.
The Big Bang Theory cannot change the way it handled its finale, but the spinoff can amend this particular crime.
What happened in The Big Bang Theory can no longer be changed, but Young Sheldon can make up to Dr. Sturgus by highlighting his relationship with Sheldon in the prequel’s final season. The CBS premier comedy can see the pair team up for one last time before the boy genius finishes his stint in Texas and moves to California for his post-graduation studies.
It has been a while since the pair worked on something big together. While they spend time with each other at East Texas Tech, they’re often joined by Dr. Linkletter, who has been horrible to Sheldon.
Adult Sheldon Can Give Sturgis The Credit He Deserves
Besides giving Sheldon and Dr. Sturgis a final adventure, Young Sheldon can further this effort by using its unique voice-over storytelling trick. Jim Parsons’ adult Sheldon’s narration can re-affirm the impact that Dr. Sturgis has had in his life. So while it will not change the fact that he didn’t acknowledge all the help and guidance that Dr. Sturgis gave him, hearing how remorseful adult Sheldon is about not thanking his original mentor would be a great way to finally give Dr. Sturgis the credit that he deserves.
Young Sheldon Season 7 premieres on February 15, 8pm ET on CBS.