Why Young Sheldon Couldn’t Continue Without Destroying Meemaw’s House During Season 6 Finale


Highlights

  • Young Sheldon’s season 6 finale ends with a tornado destroying Meemaw’s house, which was necessary due to the real-world demolition of the filming location.
  • The reason behind Meemaw’s house destruction was to align with the demolition of Warner Bros. Ranch, where the show is filmed.
  • Young Sheldon will end after season 7 because it has reached the predetermined point in Sheldon Cooper’s life that leads into The Big Bang Theory’s canon.


Spoiler Alert! This article contains Young Sheldon season 6 spoilers.Young Sheldon’s season 6 finale left viewers in shambles, wondering what was next for the Coopers, but destroying Meemaw’s house was a storyline that needed to happen in order for Young Sheldon season 7 to make sense. Young Sheldons season 6, episode 22, “A Tornado, a 10-Hour Flight and a Darn Fine Ring,” finds the Cooper family all headed down different paths, with Sheldon and Mary leaving for a summer in Germany, Georgie getting married, and Missy rebelling more and more against her family.

The Coopers’ inner turmoil wasn’t the only thing brewing during the season 6 finale, though. In the episode, which originally aired in May 2023, a huge storm enters Medford forcing the Young Sheldon family to take cover. Fortunately, during the Season 6 finale, Meemaw (played by Annie Potts) was not at home, because the episode ends with the image of Meemaw’s house in complete ruin after a tornado ripped through it.

In the following, we reveal the reason behind destroying Meemaw’s house in the Season 6 finale of Young Sheldon and look into why Young Sheldon ends with season 7.

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Raegan Revord Revealed The Reason Young Sheldon Destroyed Meemaw’s House

The Young Sheldon Season 6 Finale Ended With A Tornado That Wipes Out Meemaw’s Home

Young Sheldon Season 6 Meemaw
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During the final episode of Young Sheldon season 6, a tornado rips through Medford. As Meemaw (who took cover in her backroom casino during the storm) returns home, she comments on how the Cooper family home is still intact, before then seeing her own home destroyed. The shocking and heartbreaking ending to the rollercoaster of a season closes with Meemaw, Dale, George, Missy, Georgie, Mandy and Pastor Jeff searching through the rubble of Meemaw’s house for her savings.

And, while many fans may not have understood why Meemaw’s house was wrecked but the Coopers’ was left untouched, Raegan Revord, the actress who plays Missy Cooper, shared the deeper meaning for tearing down Meemaw’s Young Sheldon house.

In an instagram post, Revord wrote: “This summer Warner Ranch, where we film a lot of our exterior scenes including the Cooper’s neighborhood and Meemaw’s house, is going to be demolished. Our writers had to figure out a way to get rid of Meemaw’s house and that is how we got the tornado storyline.”

“Seeing her house get demolished was truly heartbreaking, I have spent more time on those sets than my actual house. It’s been a place where I’ve grown up.”

If the Young Sheldon storyline didn’t get rid of Meemaw’s house, viewers would have been even more confused if her house, which is featured in nearly every episode, just randomly disappeared or stopped being shown.

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Young Sheldon Meemaw House Tornado
Via CBS


The Warner Bros. Ranch, where Meemaw’s house lived during Young Sheldon production, confirmed plans for total demolition during the summer of 2023, before season 7 of Young Sheldon would have completed filming. Therefore, the Young Sheldon writers needed to find a way to get rid of Meemaw’s house that made sense for the CBS family comedy.

According to TheWrap, “Warner Bros. sold the property to Worthe Real Estate Group and Stockbridge Real Estate Fund in 2019 and will move back in when the $500 million redevelopment is complete in 2025.”

President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Studio Operations, Jeff Nagler told LA Daily News in 2021, that the company is “continuing to enhance our state-of-the-art studios and full-service offerings for our productions and partners is a key priority for our company, and the new Ranch Lot development will certainly fulfill this goal in the Los Angeles area.”

Once the new development is complete, 16 new soundstages, offices and parking will take the place of the homes and neighborhoods from several popular tv sitcoms and movies after they are leveled and paved away.


In addition to the Young Sheldon neighborhood and Meemaw’s house, Warner Bros. Ranch was also the home to many other well-known filming locations.

Movies / TV Shows Filmed At Warner Bros. Ranch (According to IMDb)

  • Bewitched
  • The Partridge Family
  • WandaVision
  • American Beauty
  • Lethal Weapon
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Pleasantville
  • Father Knows Best
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Eight is Enough
  • The Middle
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Friends
  • True Lies
  • Cape Fear
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Project X
  • Growing Pains
  • Small Soldiers
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

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Why Young Sheldon Ends With Season 7

It’s official, season 7 will be the last season for the Big Bang Theory spinoff prequel, Young Sheldon. However, the reason for ending CBS’ very popular series after only seven seasons has nothing to do with Meemaw’s house being destroyed by the tornado at the end of season 6. In fact, Young Sheldon would have ended even if Warner Bros. Ranch wasn’t demolished.

Young Sheldon must end with season 7, as it has reached the pre-determined ending point that leads into The Big Bang Theory’s canon, or official parts of its universe. The creators of Young Sheldon knew the moment they began the series in 2017 that it would have to end when Sheldon Cooper finishes college and moves to Pasadena to begin his post-grad studies at Caltech. And, BBT fans know, after Sheldon returns from Germany, he only has one year left of college.

Additionally, Iain Armitage and Raegan Revord, the young actors who play Sheldon Cooper and his twin sister, Missy Cooper, are outgrowing their Young Sheldon characters. In the storyline, Sheldon and Missy are about to turn 14, but in real-life the actors are currently 15 and 16 years old. This age difference from their characters has become more noticeable and was even a point of criticism in season 6.


Young Sheldon still has a lot of story to get through in season 7, and with news of a Georgie and Mandy spinoff in the works with CBS, the family comedy likely won’t be able to avoid one of the more devastating Big Bang Theory storylines that fans have been dreading for Young Sheldon… the passing of Sheldon’s father, George Cooper.



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