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How I Met Your Mother - Part 2

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http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/how-i-met-your-mother-return-final-season-cbs-deal/
It’s Official: CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Mother’ To Return For Ninth & Final Season
By NELLIE ANDREEVA

After a month of last-minute haggling between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV over deal points, the network and studio have sealed an agreement for a ninth season of How I Met Your Mother. It will be the veteran comedy’s last season, and the show will finally reveal the identity of the mother. I hear it will be for 24 episodes. All series regulars — Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan — are back, as are series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. To show the cast their commitment to the show, Bays and Thomas were first to close a one-year show deal. Then came the dramatic actor negotiations as chronicled in Nikki Finke’s story that broke the news about HIMYM‘s pending renewal. The prospects of a ninth season appeared all but dead after Segel had held firmly to his decision to leave until an eleventh-hour turnaround. I hear Segel finally changed his mind after reviewing detailed records of the light workload the hybrid series requires for a fat paycheck while also allowing busy actors like him to also pursue a feature career.

“Through eight years, How I Met Your Mother has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch-phrases,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. Added 20th TV chairman Dana Walden, “Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are masterful and hilarious storytellers, and we have no doubt that they will guide one of the greatest comedies of the last decade to a gratifying conclusion when they finally reveal the identity of the mother.”
 
I guess that final sentence confirms that they're saving the mother for the Finale.
 
If by Finale, you mean season finale, then sure...
 
I meant Series Finale. As unpopular of a theory as that may seem, I still think they will save her for the last episode.
 
They're doing Barney and Robin's wedding this season. I see no reasonable way for them to hold off any longer. The want to do a final season? Fine, EARN IT. They don't earn it by doing more of the same, as they did earlier this year.
 
I meant Series Finale. As unpopular of a theory as that may seem, I still think they will save her for the last episode.

That's what I think too, since they've already filmed the kids' reactions to it years ago. That means another whole season of Ted pining over Robin, killing time and ending up on the periphery instead of developing a relationship with the mother. That sounds painful to watch, whereas if they introduced her earlier and we saw why she was the one, it would actually bring a new lease of life to the show. But they're determined to stick with the original plan it seems.
 
I don't think so. We're getting the Mother. I have to believe.
 
Plus what those people had to say about it doesn't mean much to me. They're executives running a studio, not the creative minds behind the show.
 
I hate to bring this up again, but everyone thought the final season of Smallville was going to be about Superman and that we would see flight and tights, but we didn't. Somehow they managed to stretch that reveal for another year.

The way I see it, the big draw to this show is the mystery of who the mother is and how Ted meets her. Once you get rid of that, the show doesn't have much to do, in terms of the original premise. If anything, you risk losing a lot of current viewers and potential new viewers if the introduction of the mother, or the actress is wrong. There won't be that draw anymore. Even though it may still be stretched, there is still intrigue in the journey. But once the mother comes in, there is no journey, unless they choose to show when his first child is born, hence making her an actual mother.
 
I think I'm the only one who doesn't really care about the mother. What could they possibly reveal that it'll be half-interesting? A character we already met? a famous actress?
 
Ugh. I'd be happy if they revealed her and ended it all this season. Are we gonna go through 24 more episodes of filler until the moment he meets her? I thought he meets her after the wedding which I assumed was going to be the S8 finale?
 
He is going to meet her after the wedding. Which will be at the end of this season.
 
If we gotta go through another whole season before meeting the mother, I'm going to be pissed.

Hell I may as well just skip season 9 and just tune in for the series finale.
 
We're all just jumping to conclusions here.
 
I say he meets the mother in the season finale spends most of next season trying to get her. He may meet the mother at the wedding but that doesn't mean it's love at first sight.
 
I say he meets the mother in the season finale spends most of next season trying to get her. He may meet the mother at the wedding but that doesn't mean it's love at first sight.
I kinda see something similar, except in that glimpse we saw of him watching her play, it did look like love at first sight. But I can see them close this season with the train station scene to give the impression that he meets her there, but then coming up with some kind of twist where he doesn't get a chance to talk to her, but knows of her and spends some time going crazy after her, kinda like he did when he first met Victoria.

I remember the episode where Ted kept hyping up the goat incident on his birthday, but then by episode's end there's the "twist" of that happening a year later and that he just jumped the gun.
 
It'd be a disservice to the character and to Radnor if it was just love at first sight and then end credits. Give him something to play. Make the relationship an interesting one to watch. Plus how his friends warm up to her. There's just too much juicy stuff to play for them to hold her off until the final minutes of the series. I really don't think the writers are that foolish.
 
It'd be a disservice to the character and to Radnor if it was just love at first sight and then end credits. Give him something to play. Make the relationship an interesting one to watch. Plus how his friends warm up to her. There's just too much juicy stuff to play for them to hold her off until the final minutes of the series. I really don't think the writers are that foolish.
I don't think they would do that, where its just cuts to black after he meets her. I think they'll introduce her early in an hour long finale, and towards the end they will have a 5-10 minute montage of them together, showing how they grew together, when they got married, had kids and stuff like that.

But the more I think about it, the more I remember something I mentioned a while ago which is that if Ted has a daughter by 2015, that means the mother was pregnant as early as late 2014, which would be a little while after the series finale would have aired since the show is usually running in real time. So I think its possible that they'll go a more literal route and consider her as the mother once she actually gets pregnant or has a child. I doubt they'll have Ted meet some girl and knock her up right away.
 
Barney and Robin's wedding happens this season and we know Ted meets her at the wedding so logic says he meets her this season.
 
Well, the mother IS in the title of the series, for Christ's sake. They can't just put her in a couple of episodes.
That character should be the main arc of the last season.
 
and the daughter has to be born by the time they watch the trilogy again
 
That's what I think too, since they've already filmed the kids' reactions to it years ago. That means another whole season of Ted pining over Robin, killing time and ending up on the periphery instead of developing a relationship with the mother. That sounds painful to watch, whereas if they introduced her earlier and we saw why she was the one, it would actually bring a new lease of life to the show. But they're determined to stick with the original plan it seems.

Yeah, seems that way.

Just like they didn't show Ted and Victoria (or Robin and her ex) clicking well together again this season & that's why the autumn of breakups failed.

They used to be able to tell stories. They lost it.
 
If they filmed the kid's reactions years ago, and this was originally going to be the last season it possible that they are still going to reveal the Mother at the end of this season like they planned.

Maybe they added a 9th season because they realized ending the show with just the reveal was incredibly stupid. Season 9 could be the season that shows Ted and her together and end with their wedding. That sounds like a much better plan. After 8 years you can't just tell the audience this is who he married. We want to see why this is the one. Ted sucks at releationships, and telling me this one worked isn't enough, because honestly, I don't believe Ted is capable at being in a significant long relationship. They are going to have to actually show it to me otherwise I ain't buying it.

Surely I'm not the only one who has thought of this.
 
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I don't think this was ever intended to be the last season. The interviews I've read with the creators prior to anything being made official always made them sound fairly confident that they'd be getting another year, and if they didn't they'd have to shift things.

But yeah, S9 should definitely be Ted and the Mother.
 
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