How I Met Your Mother @ PaleyFest: Dead Mother Buzz, Final Episode Secrets and More

How I Met Your Mother Series Finale SpoilersThe How I Met Your Mother farewell tour made a stop at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre Saturday night for PaleyFest 2014, and, in addition to reminiscing about their nine-year journey, the show’s cast and creators dropped hints about the show’s final three episodes. Herewith were the five most interesting takeaways:

PHOTOS | How I Met Your Mother Series Finale First Look: What the Heck Is Ted Doing With [Spoiler]?!

DEATH BECOMES HER | Asked by moderator Wayne Brady about rampant speculation that the Mother (Cristin Milioti) is, in fact, dead, exec producer Carter Bays would only say, “We’re wildly excited about the finale and we obviously can’t say anything.”

BEST OF THE BEST | Neil Patrick Harris, beamed in via satellite from New York where he’s prepping for his debut in Broadway’s yMcxrMS - ImgurHedwig and the Angry Inch, narrowed down his favorite final-season moment to, “Getting to say my vows to Robin.”

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FUN FACT | The cast was given special tissues during the final week of filming emblazoned with the words, “Let it all out — no questions asked.”

FUN FACT TWO | The final scene Milioti shot was the same exact scene she performed during her HIMYM audition one year ago. “To have that be the last thing… I could barely get through it,” she shared. “[It was nice] to have it come that full circle.”

SLAPY HAPPY | The final slap “happens,” EP Craig Thomas confirms. “We haven’t forgotten.”