As Young Sheldon Season 6 develops Sheldon’s mom more, her transformation into The Big Bang Theory’s Mary just seems even more unlikely.

Warning! SPOILERS on Young Sheldon Season 6, Episode 11 ahead.Mary’s development i Young Sheldon season 6 deepens the divide between Mary i Young Sheldon and her older version i The Big Bang theory. When compared to theirs The Big Bang theory counterparties, the differences in Young Sheldon‘s characters have long been noticed, and all are painted in a more favorable light in Young Sheldon. However, Young Sheldon season 6, Mary (Zoe Perry) has changed so much that her character’s behavior in The Big Bang theory becomes less and less credible.


Since Young Sheldon At the end of season 5, Mary was fired and essentially ostracized from her church due to Georgie and Mandy having a child out of wedlock, Mary has developed as a character and worked through being rejected from her church. Still, besides Mary’s church history making TBBT Mary more confusing, Young Sheldon‘s Mary also began to exhibit less self-centered and more understanding behavior toward those close to her. While it could already be seen in the way Mary listened to Sheldon’s wishes Young Sheldon season 6, episode 8, it became clear in Young Sheldon season 6, episode 11, “Ruthless, Toothless, and a Week of Bed Rest”, when Mary secretly helped Mandy repair her relationship with her mother.

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Young Sheldon’s Mary & Mandy story makes Mary more empathetic

Emily Osment as Mandy and Zoe Perry as Mary Cooper in Young Sheldon S06E11

While Mandy (Emily Osment) almost immediately accepted Meemaw’s help, her relationship with Mary had always been awkward at best in Young Sheldon season 6. Mary’s initial attempts to pressure her into marrying Georgie never went down well with Mandy, and despite their relationship seemingly going strong for now, Georgie and Mandy’s Young Sheldon breakage will happen. Mary’s mixed instincts thus negatively affected their relationship and almost every interaction Mary and Mandy had. But Mary helps Mandy in bed and Meemaw with her back pain Young Sheldon season 6, episode 11 gave Mary a chance to show her newfound accepting attitude towards Mandy.

Not only did Mary want to help Mandy despite their different perspectives regarding Mandy’s pregnancy and her relationship with Georgie, but she actually backed down when Mandy reminded her that her relationship with her mother was her business. But overhearing Mandy’s failed attempts to ask for support from her mother convinced Mary to secretly get involved and confront Mandy’s mother in Young Sheldon season 6, episode 11. Doing so to make things better between Mandy and her mother without getting any recognition proved that Mary could see past her opposition to Mandy’s choices and still help her, effectively signaling Mary’s development in Young Sheldondestroying TBBT‘s Mary (Laurie Metcalf).

Young Sheldon’s Mary & Mandy story makes TBBT Mary more confusing

Laurie Metcalf as Mary Cooper in The Big Bang Theory S01E04

Mary’s progress in Young Sheldon season 6 gives her credit and makes her a more empathetic character, but it also makes her transform in The Big Bang theory‘s Mary more incredible and confusing. In fact, Mary is shown as judgmental, strict and less forgiving throughout The Big Bang theoryso far from Young Sheldon season 6’s Mary as possible. While the revelation of George’s affair and his subsequent death will have to take a significant toll on Mary in Young Sheldonto make her change so much to make her The Big Bang theory‘s Mary hints at the events that affect Mary more than previously expected, especially if they warranted such an inexplicable transformation.

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Young Sheldon Season 6 airs Thursdays on CBS.

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