What The Big Bang Theory Writers Did To Keep Jim Parsons In Love With Sheldon Cooper


If you’ve been a fan of The Big Bang Theory since the very beginning, there was a time when it looked like Sheldon Cooper never would have changed. Somehow, the character has come around and that’s thanks to Amy Farrah Fowler.

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Ever since Sheldon Cooper was kissed by another woman, he knew that he never wanted that to happen again. Ironically, his accidental act of unfaithfulness convinced him to marry Amy.

Since that kiss, and the engagement, he’s grown the most we’ve ever seen.

Jim Parsons Talks About Sheldon Cooper’s Growth

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“I think that it’s one of the journeys they’ve really worked to take him on. We’ve had several different episodes, it feels like, where Amy’s coaching him in the ways of being empathetic,” said Jim Parsons.

In the latest episode (which mainly focuses on Raj’s new girl), Sheldon Cooper even told Amy he thought he invented empathy. While this shows growth, it also shows that he never considered empathy in the past.

Amy is slowly teaching her fiancé how to be “a real boy.”

Keeping The Show Interesting For Fans (And Crew)

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“We’re working on an episode right now, where he realizes that she doesn’t do certain things that she wants to do because she knows how he’ll react to it,” added Jim Parsons. “And he doesn’t like it. He starts trying to work on not complaining about what she wants – and it lasts for a couple of pages.”

In television, a page equals about a minute of television, generally thinking. Therefore, these 22-minute episodes (with time for commercials) are around 22 pages in length.

If Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper are having more of these heart-to-heart moments, we should see more empathy from our hero. This growth gives something to fans of the show and the cast who is working on the series.

“It’s a major gift,” said Jim Parsons. “As an actor, I really thank God for [the growth], because it’s one of the fences that they straddle so well as writers, is keeping everything true enough to keep the audience there, but moving it along enough to keep everybody working on it interesting…including themselves.”

What do you think will happen next for Shamy?