Sheldon Cooper’s maternal grandmother, Meemaw, has been an integral part of Sheldon’s life ever since he was a child. She was first introduced in the popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. Young Sheldon is a prequel to The Big Bang Theory and focuses on Sheldon’s childhood and adolescent days.
So, it goes without saying that Meemaw plays an integral role in Young Sheldon as well. In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon mentions her several times, but she only appears in Season 9 Episode 14, titled “The Meemaw Materialization”.
In Young Sheldon, however, Meemaw has appeared consistently since Season 1 Episode 3. Though Meemaw has been a significant person in Sheldon’s life in both shows, it shocked us when she didn’t turn up for Sheldon and Amy’s wedding in The Big Bang Theory Season 11 finale.
This is why many fans seem confused about whether Meemaw is dead, and if at all she is, when exactly does she die?
To say it in short, Sheldon Cooper’s Meemaw is not dead. She does not die in Young Sheldon or The Big Bang Theory. Young Sheldon is a prequel to TBBT, so Meemaw’s appearance in the latter proves that she will not die in any upcoming episodes of Young Sheldon.
1. When does Meemaw die?
Meemaw’s death has not been confirmed or mentioned in either show. She is very much alive as of now in Young Sheldon.
Young Sheldon is set before The Big Bang Theory, and since she does appear in TBBT, it is a given that she doesn’t die during Sheldon’s childhood.
However, many wonder if she died towards the end of TBBT, because of her absence from Sheldon and Amy’s wedding in the Season 11 finale.
2. Why Meemaw Does Not Appear in Sheldon and Amy’s Wedding
Despite being Sheldon’s favorite relative, Meemaw does not come to Sheldon and Amy’s wedding in The Big Bang Theory.
Though we are not sure whether Meemaw is alive when TBBT ends, it is unlikely that she died. Meemaw’s absence from Sheldon’s wedding is most likely because the makers did not want to make the episode too long or for some technical reasons.
TBBT showrunner Steve Holland later confirmed that Meemaw is alive and she did not appear in the episode because they already had to include too many characters without diverting from the storyline.
Holland also said that though they shot a scene explaining Meemaw’s absence (as she was too old to travel), it was later excluded due to time constraints.
Nevertheless, it is still strange how Sheldon’s wedding took place without Meemaw. Maybe the makers should have kept the scene explaining her absence or at least let Sheldon mention the reason in another episode.
3. Meemaw’s Story in Young Sheldon
Meemaw first appears in Season 1 Episode 3 of Young Sheldon. Meemaw’s real name is Constance ‘Connie’ Tucker. When Sheldon was five years old, his grandfather, whom he called Pop-Pop, passed away, leaving Meemaw widowed.
Young Sheldon Season 5 explores the Cooper family quite closely, and Meemaw gets her own track as well. She gets into a relationship with Dale and also develops a closer bond with Georgie. In the season, Georgie assists her in managing her laundromat enterprise and thus they end up spending a lot of time together.
However, Meemaw and Georgie get arrested in the Season 5 finale for trying to sneak cigarettes across the border. In Season 6, Dale saves Meemaw from this mess. In return, Meemaw offers to pay him back by sleeping with him but takes down the offer as Dale suggests five times.
There’s no such storyline or idea that suggests Meemaw is dead or will be dead anytime soon. Since she is alive during TBBT, it is clear that she will be alive throughout Young Sheldon. Here’s to many more episodes of Sheldon and Meemaw bonding and how!
4. About Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon is an American sitcom series for CBS, a spin-off of Big Bang Theory. It is created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro.
It is set in the late 1980s and early 1990s, following the character Sheldon Cooper from the age of nine, going to high school. Iain Armitage plays young Sheldon, joined by Zoe Perry and Lance Barber as Mrs and Mr Cooper, and Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord as siblings Georgie and Missy respectively.
Jim Parsons, who stars as the adult Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, narrates the series, also serving as an executive producer.