While it’s true fans still have another season before them, at the moment they’re having a hard time feeling the joy with the knowledge that The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end after what will be an even dozen years on the air. And while we don’t know what to expect — beyond the aftermath, of course, of the wedding between Jim Parson’s Sheldon Cooper and Mayim Bialik‘s Amy Fowler — everyone involved is promising something special to wrap things up. That became obvious from the joint statement released by Warner Bros and Chuck Lorre Productions, which noted: 

“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We along with the cast, writers, and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

What’s interesting is that the “end” is something that has been in the air for the past couple of seasons, with people in front of the camera as well as in the media and fans wondering just how long things could go on. The positive is that this is a show that, in terms of its humor, has never been treading water, desperately looking for cheap means of keeping the laughs coming. They just did, simply because — as has been the case with the best classic TV sitcoms from television’s beginning — the humor was born out of the characters. And what a collection of characters have made up The Big Bang Theory.

What follows are, from the point of view of cast members Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Jim Parsons, their thoughts on what it will all mean when the filming stops and everyone goes their own separate ways. Scroll down to read the cast’s reactions to The Big Bang Theory‘s cancellation!