The season premiere of "How I Met Your Mother" enticed viewers with the big reveal of the titular mom as being closer than ever. Fans of the show may be all too familiar with the bait-and-switch technique, as all too often it seemed that when Ted was just about to meet his bride-to-be life (and the show's writers) would throw him a curveball. Fear not! In an interview with IGN, HIMYM creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays insisted that this is not the case.
Bays explained that as early as Season 6, Ted had told his kids that when he met their mother it was the day of a wedding. “We specifically at that time made it the day of a wedding, not at a wedding. I think a lot of people were a little misled by that, which I feel a little bit bad about. But it’s not actually at [Robin and Barney's] wedding, it’s at that train station,” Bays said.
“That’s the moment we’re gonna meet the mother. We can honestly say that. That’s where it happens. We’re moments away,” Thomas added.
Of course, "moments" in the show can be ages for the television audience -- the series has extended a conversation with two kids to going on eight years, after all. With rumors of a potential ninth (and final?) season, how much longer until Ted looks up from his book at the woman with the yellow umbrella? Will the series end with the big reveal, or will Ted's romance flourish over the final season? “That’s one of the biggest questions of the series and people ask us all the time. I feel like I haven't come up with a good way to dodge it yet, so I’ll just say, 'I’m dodging that!' It’s certainly something we’ve talked about and considered. But I don’t wanna say whether we’ve committed to it. Wait and see,” Thomas said.
With the end in sight, expect the eighth season to revolve around the impending doom of the three relationships established in the premiere: Ted and Victoria, Robin and Crush, and Barney and Quinn. The producers hint that November could see the reunion of Barney and Robin, so expect relationships wrecked in the episodes to come.
On the lighter side, expect a return of Robin's teen dream alter-ego Robin Sparkles. “We have an idea. The challenge is always to do it and have it be completely different than the others," Thomas explained. "I’d like to think that all three that we've done [the two music videos and the creepy children's show] have been different and we have a way to do it that I think would be completely different from all the other three.”
As long as Robot returns, I'll be satisfied. What do you hope to see in the coming season, HIMYM fans?