Have you ever wondered why Leonard stayed around Sheldon even after facing so much? There’s some hard truth behind Leonard and Sheldon’s friendship in The Big Bang Theory.
By the final season of The Big Bang Theory, we became so sure that in no case anyone would like to be a friend of Sheldon. Indeed, it might result in you becoming Einstein-lite, but Sheldon Copper was extremely difficult as a friend and roommate. This makes us wonder how Leonard and Sheldon’s friendship worked in The Big Bang Theory.
- What was Leonard’s intention behind his friendship with Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory?
- Leonard was caged in his past.
- Leonard – A Caretaker or a Spy?
What was Leonard’s intention behind his friendship with Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory?
Though the credit of The Big Bang Theory’s success goes to Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), and it was his eccentric behavioral qualities that made fans drool over the character. Yet, the fact is, his eccentricities always caused a good deal of suffering to his friends. What his friends, including his roommate, Leonard Hofstadter, suffered was very precisely depicted in Season 12.
The friendship between Leonard and Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory was an abnormally organic one considering Sheldon’s nature.
At first, when we met the whole group, Sheldon, Leonard, Raj Koothrapali (Kunal Nayyar), and Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), we discovered that Sheldon and Leonard have already been living together.
Gradually, their friends’ group fell apart, mainly because Sheldon wasn’t very easy to get along with. Even after the friend circle fell apart, his roommate, Leonard, remained by his side.
Neither Leonard and nor Sheldon needed a roommate for financial reasons. Then why Leonard stayed with Sheldon even after suffering so many cold blows?
Leonard was caged in his past.
Some fans on Reddit came up with this theory that suggests Leonard’s low self-esteem due to cold upbringing forced him to stay by Sheldon’s side.
Let’s just put it this way. Sheldon and Leonard’s friendship in The Big Bang Theory was of a Master and a Slave. It was stuffed with Sheldon’s disappointments and Leonard’s constant tries to live up to his expectation by going out of his way every time.
When fans met Leonard’s mother in The Big Bang Theory, they realized how troubled his upbringing must have been. Leonard’s mother was difficult, cold, and somewhat brilliant, and these characteristics could be found in Sheldon as well.
Thus, fans believe that Leonard’s upbringing lacked the love and compassion he desired, so he goes seeking it in the form of validation from difficult people.
Though Sheldon was a genius, yet he failed in most of the trivial daily tasks. Taking care of Sheldon gave Leonard a sense of fulfillment, even if it was toxic.
Leonard – A Caretaker or a Spy?
Another fan theory suggests that Leonard’s undying friendship with Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory had nothing to do with his past or up-bringing. As per fans, Leonard stuck around Sheldon because he was paid to do so.
That makes us wonder if he was paid to spy on Sheldon or take care of him?
The fan explained further by saying that Sheldon is a genius and of the utmost importance to the university. He was paid extremely well by the university, and he spends so less that the money lies around in his room. That means he is careless enough for the university to worry about him risking himself in situations.
Thus, possibly Caltech appointed Leonard as a babysitter cum roommate for Sheldon. Leonard must be getting paid handsomely to be the caretaker, thus, no matter how worse his friendship became with Sheldon by the final season of The Big Bang Theory, he never left Sheldon’s side.