It's the most wonderful time of the year… It's time for The Big Bang Theory cast to invade Comic-Con!
ETonline caught up with stars Mayim Bialik and Kunal Nayyar after they shocked and delighted fans by crashing The Big Bang Theory writers' room panel Friday morning.
"We're the show about people who come to Comic-Con," Bialik spilled in the ET suite in San Diego. "We're not like those other shows. We're not here because we have that following, we're here because we're a show about that following."
Nayyar confessed that since joining the show, he looks forward to attending iconic fan convention each and every year. "We love Comic-Con. We really love it. We really get to meet the fans and it's wonderful," he said.
Speaking of wonderful things, the geektastic twosome also surprised fans in Friday's panel with an impromptu reading of some steamy Big Bang fan fiction starring Amy and Raj.
"Have you ever read 50 Shades of Grey?" Nayyar asked Bialik while the crowd cheered. "I'm about to introduce you to 50 Shades of Brown." The stars then gifted fans with a brand new shipper name: Koothrappamy. (Sorry y'all, but we're still on board for Team Shamy!)
Despite the fact that the Big Bang cast has not received their first script for season nine, they did reveal one very important storyline nugget: "The writers told us that episode one of season nine picks up a few hours after season eight ended," Bialik said.
Fans were devastated after the season eight finale when Amy somberly told Sheldon that she wanted to "step back and re-evaluate" their relationship. To make matters even more gut-wrenching, we discovered that Sheldon had finally taken a huge step forward and purchased an engagement ring.
"We were all shocked," Bialik said of reading that final scene. "I think there was an audible gasp by most of the cast. That's a big ending. It means a lot for the relationship, but also for the show in general."
We have a ton of questions that need to be answered next season, but the biggest one is definitely exactly when did Sheldon purchase that rock? "The answer will be in the premiere episode of season 9,” executive producer Steve Molaro promised in the panel. Phew!
As for Raj's relationship with his surprisingly dark girlfriend Emily, Nayyar is not sure if they're meant to be. "I don't know what's going to happen with Raj," the actor said. "He's kind of scared of her, but I think that kind of turns him on to be honest. She's going to take him to places we've never seen." (Umm… like graveyards?!)
Season nine of The Big Bang Theory will premiere Monday, Sept. 21 on CBS.
Desperate for even more Big Bang Theory goodies? Scroll though our exclusive live blog from Friday's Comic-Con panel to discover behind-the-scenes secrets straight from the Big Bang writers and executive producers!