I'm fairly certain this is a load bearing wall as the beam in the basement is directly below this wall.
My question is, shouldn't the area pointed at with the white arrows have a header if this is a load bearing wall? There's another door opening that goes all the way to the ceiling on the right side of the TV wall as well.
My intentions here are to open up that wall as a window pass through to the kitchen, keeping the columns intact (the light blue area as an example).
I'm not sure what's inside the column or if that's what's bearing the load.
So basically 2 questions:
Why is there no header for the full height doorways?
Do I need to add a header that spans the width of that area, or would removing those 2 studs in the middle be fine regardless?