The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar talks 'beautiful' ending for Raj and finale's mysterious closing scene

Not even the studio audience in attendance at last week’s Big Bang Theory finale taping knows how the series ends. As previously noted by TVLine, the May 16 swan song’s very last scene (aka the episode’s “tag”) was pre-taped, and producers opted not to screen it for the standing-room-only crowd of family, friends execs and super-fans. Kunal Nayyar, however, knows exactly what goes down in the mysterious scene. And he’s telling TVLine (albeit with his tongue planted firmly in cheek… we think).

“Only one character dies,” Raj’s portrayer deadpans in the above video interview, shot last Wednesday at the series’ wrap party.

Nayyar was slightly more forthcoming (read: serious) when the topic shifted to the fate of lovelorn Raj’s romance with Anu. The actor — steering clear of any/all spoilers — shared that he “loved” the ending they gave to his alter ego. “The writers have been so gentle and careful with the way the show ends,” he added. “We’re saying goodbye to the show, but in the world but [the characters] wake up [the next] morning and go to work, eat Chinese food and hang out and navigate life… I think it’s beautifully done.”

Also in the above Q&A: Nayyar reveals the one thing he will not miss about playing Raj.

The Big Bang Theory‘s one-hour series finale airs Thursday, May 16 on CBS.

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Kaley Cuoco attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Johnny Galecki attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Jim Parsons attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco attend the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Kunal Nayyar attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Johnny Galecki (R) attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Mayim Bialik attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Melissa Rauch attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Kunal Nayyar attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Sarah Gilbert attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Anne Prince and Wil Wheaton attend the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: John Stankey, Chuck Lorre, Kaley Cuoco and Peter Roth attend the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Chuck Lorre and Kaley Cuoco attend the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Kevin Sussman and Whitney Rice attend Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" - Arrivals at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Casey Sander attends Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" - Arrivals at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Chuck Lorre and Arielle Lorre attend the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Anne Prince and Wil Wheaton attend the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: David Theune attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Courtney Henggeler attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Kate Miccuci attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: June Squibb attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Kevin Sussman (L) attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Laura Spencer attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Steve Holland and Steve Molaro attend the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Levar Burton attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Keith Carradine attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Andrea Roth and Peter Roth attend the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Bob Newhart attends the Series Finale Party for CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: Rati Gupta attends the Series Finale Party For CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on May 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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