It’s been a long time coming for ‘Big Bang Theory’ fans, but it looks like Sheldon and Amy are finally going to consummate their relationship in an upcoming episode of the show’s ninth season. The couple have long been a fan-favourite pairing on the series, but at the end of season eight viewers had feared the two could be finished for good.

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During season eight’s finale earlier this year, Amy (played by Mayim Bialik) ended her relationship with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) over Skype, saying that she needed time alone. So far in season nine we’ve seen Sheldon attempt to woo Amy back with little luck, but it seems this could be set to change very soon.

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According to Entertainment Weekly the episode, which was filmed on Tuesday night in Burbank, Calif., in front of a live studio audience, featured the couple not only getting back on track, but loosing their virginity together.

The show’s producers have since released a statement regarding the special episode, which is sure to delight long-term fans of the show. “After over five years of dating, we felt the time was right for Sheldon and Amy to finally consummate their relationship,” said executive producer Steve Molaro.

“And we’re so excited for the audience to see the journey over the next several episodes.” The episode is set to air on December 17th, just hours before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits cinemas. Along with Sheldon and Amy’s life-changing moment, the episode is also reported to be filled with Star Wars references.

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The Hollywood Reporter writes that in the episode Bob Newhart will ‘reprise his role as Arthur Jeffries and reappear as a ghostly Jedi in Sheldon's dreams in a bid to help him sort out his feelings and make what was billed as a "very important" decision.’