Young Sheldon Ending Explained: Season 7 Finale Breakdown


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Young Sheldon has reached its painful, emotional conclusion with the Season 7 finale — from George’s funeral to Sheldon’s arrival at Caltech, here’s what you need to know about the show’s ending.

In 2017, Young Sheldon seemed like a strange idea: a sitcom based on the early years of The Big Bang Theory’s main character, coming at a time when the original series started to fall out of fashion.

Seven seasons later, the naysayers — myself included — have been proven mightily wrong. We’ve seen ups, downs, and everything in between with the Cooper family, whether it’s Sheldon’s early college education, Georgie meeting Mandy, or the show’s most devastating moment: George’s death.

Young Sheldon Season 7 Episodes 13 and 14 bring the series to a close, so here’s what you need to know.

Young Sheldon ending explained.

Young Sheldon ends with Sheldon arriving at Caltech and walking off into the distance to Dire Straits’ ‘Walk of Life’, a callback to the song playing in the opening seconds of the pilot.

It’s the natural ending for the series, but there’s plenty of heartache before that uplifting final moment; notably, George’s funeral, coming after we’re forced to endure Sheldon re-living the last time he saw his dad and wishing he could do it all differently.


Everyone processes grief in their own ways: Mary dives headfirst into the church (more so than normal), Georgie focuses on keeping the family together and filling the patriarchal role left by his father, Missy grows increasingly irritable at everyone’s strained sympathy, and Meemaw seeks comfort in Dale.

We see almost everyone in Episode 13: June, Brenda, Sheldon’s teacher Mr Givens, Dr. Sturgis, Dr. Linkletter, and others (but no Paige). They get through the funeral, and at the end of the episode, Sheldon seemingly speaks in front of everyone and talks about how he regrets not appreciating everything his father did for him while he was still alive — but this is all in his head, and he actually stayed firmly in his seat.

In Episode 14, we fast-forward 27 days from the funeral as Sheldon is packing up his things to leave for California. It cuts between the past and present day, with Amy peeking at his memoir (and taking issue with how kind he’s been to himself) and nudging him to go take a shower so they can go to their son Leonard’s hockey game.