How I Met Your Mother Baby Talk: Is a Little Lily (Or Marshall!) Finally On the Way?

If the end of Monday’s How I Met Your Mother is any indication, Marshall may finally be making his way back to his typically happy-go-lucky self, following the tragic loss of his father. Does that mean his and Lily’s dream baby — which she tearfully mentioned again this week — is back on the drawing board? Or is another heartbreaking obstacle ahead?

Unfortunately for the CBS hit’s at times harried marrieds, Jason Segel says it appears to be the latter.

“Marshall will get back to his happy place, once we get through this moment in his life,” the actor tells TVLine. “And Lily (played by Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall start talking again about having a family.”

But wait, that all sounds like good stuff. What exactly is the prenatal problem? Bad stuff, it would seem. Noting that “it’s not always easy to get pregnant, even once you decide to try,” Segel reveals that HIMYM plans to “explore whether or not Marshall’s ‘stuff’ is even viable.”

But now that Mother has two more seasons to capitalize on any Marshall/Lily baby fun, Segel hopes that they finally elect to do so. “That will be a neat new area to go to,” he ponders, playfully. “It also would significantly reduce my hours, because you can’t work a baby that long!

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“Really though, it’d be fantastic,” Segel adds. “This is a married couple, and starting a family seems like the natural thing to do.”

Catch CBS’ How I Met Your Mother Mondays at 8/7c.