We have seen them grow and mature, overcoming all their fears step by step, learning to open up to the world and relationships: our 4 beloved nerds have come a long way from the first to the last season of The Big Bang Theory, reaching levels of maturity that we never expected To see.
And on this path, as the work on themselves progressed, we saw those too coming for the scientists satisfactions that life until then had denied him. They found love, they built their families, they crowned their career with success.
But, although the finale of The Big Bang Theory shows us some happy ending for each of its protagonists, there is still a character who is not given the perfect happy-ending he wanted. We refer, of course, to Rajesh Koothrappali, the tender dreamer who most of all hoped to find love, but who ultimately remained there.‘single single of the group.
The conclusion that The Big Bang Theory gives to our Rajesh is perfect from many points of view, but also bittersweet in many other respects, because the Indian dessert was the one that perhaps more than any other deserved to fulfill his dream of finding the soul. twin.
And there were times when the boy almost seemed to have succeeded. But on none of those occasions, in fact, was Raj truly ready to find true love. His growth path, in fact, had not ended completely and the man still had too much from learn on himself in order to truly understand the fullest and purest sense of love.
The path that Rajesh must take, in fact, is an extremely lonely journey, which has precisely the purpose of making the young person understand his own value, making him find his independence and lead him to no longer see the idea of love as a challenge to feel like others.
Goals that Raj begins to achieve only little by little, first of all getting over his problem of selective mutism and then facing the tough challenge with himself to convince himself to give up family support, building a future of his own.
But the final step of his journey Rajesh takes it only in the last season of The Big Bang Theory, precisely in those last moments that see him give up the possibility of marrying Anu.
It is precisely in that choice, in fact, that Raj demonstrates his acquired maturity, demonstrating that he is unwilling to accept an arranged marriage or half-hearted love only for his fear of being alone, or for the desire to feel like his friends.
At that moment his romanticism acquires a different meaning: no longer the desperate dream of a guy who wants a woman next to him at all costs, but the legitimate desire of a man who accepts himself and his completeness, while remaining open. to the possibility of meeting a woman to love seriously, who can enrich his life without being a necessity.
And it is in that same instant that Raj becomes ready to establish one real relationship. A relationship that, however, is not shown to us during the series.
Because it is exactly at that point that the sitcom ends, showing us a now mature Rajesh, but still alone, leaving us to imagine a future full of possibilities and love that we viewers will never be able to see on the screen.
A narrative choice that has its own why, but perhaps that does not satisfy us truly. Because Raj really deserved to have his happy ending.
If it is earned, just making that hard lonely path that led him to give up Anu, he worked to build it, perhaps much more than all his friends, who were given the possibility of a sincere and deep love even well before their path staff was concluded.
So why not give the same happy ending to Rajesh too? It is, in fact, a choice that The Big Bang Theory derives from other series of its predecessors, which had already played on the possibility of creating an ending that was happy, but also realistic, using the happy ending tactic only for some of the characters and leaving one of them somewhat incomplete.
It happened in Friends, with the ending dedicated to Joey, also the only single left in the group of friends, and it also happened in How I Met Your Mother, this time with Barney. But none of these characters were like Raj.
Because if Joey and Barney have shown in their path that they are basically lonely souls, that they could well adapt to an ending that saw them consistently single and happy, Rajesh is, on the contrary, still a romantic, who despite having had his evolution has not lost its blind faith in destiny and feelings.
Raj deserved to find his soul mate, or rather to meet her again. Because the young man had already known the perfect woman and the authors would have had to do nothing but put her back on his path.
We refer, of course, to Lucy, the anxious and clumsy girl Raj is dating during the sixth season of The Big Bang Theory.
A woman who he had all the credentials to become the life partner of the sweet Indian, with whom she shares a strong sensitivity and the discomfort given by an emotionality that often goes beyond the boundaries of anxiety. Their brief relationship was characterized by being totally out of line in every step, exactly in what is the style of the sitcom, while still managing to be tender and extremely sweet to watch.
If the conclusion of the story between the two characters was inevitable at the time of their first meeting, due to the great work on themselves that the two young people still had to do, the idea of being able to review them together in the progress of the seasons has never been completely erased from the minds of the fans.
Because Lucy, in her grown and matured version, could really have been soul mate of Raj, a woman perfectly able to understand the path of man and to appreciate the progress made by him, a girl capable of supporting him in his weaknesses and supporting him in his peculiarities, with whom the man could express the true self himself without fear and hesitation.
And it would have been nice to be able to have the privilege of seeing these two similar and complex souls find each other again, now ready to enjoy that long-sought happiness, now finally ripe to unite their lives and build together a future that they both deserved.
And even if The Big Bang Theory did not want to show us this meeting, it is right there, tight in Lucy’s arms that we want to imagine Raj in his future, a future that no longer sees him sad and lonely, but mature, in love and finally happy next to a woman who can truly love.