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How I Met Your Mother Final Season Scoop: [Spoiler] Will Meet the Mother First

Something NewWell, another mother of a mystery has been solved, just days after CBS’ How I Met Your Mother raised the curtain on the titular lady.

Series cocreator Carter Bays previously revealed that as HIMYM unspools its ninth and final season, viewers will become “much better” acquainted with Cristin Milioti’s bass-playing cutie — whom we first and briefly laid eyes on at the close of the Season 8 finale — as the show tells “the epic story of the longest wedding weekend ever.”

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CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler has now confirmed for TVLine that Season 9’s entire run will, in fact, span the wedding weekend and just the wedding weekend, as the comedy details “how each character, before Ted, meets the mother. So, they each meet her independently before he does.”

Hopefully, she makes a good first impression on each!

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Milioti — whose casting was kept top-secret using fake episode titles and a largely closed set during taping — is familiar to New York theatergoers as the breakout star of the acclaimed musical Once.

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  1. Taylah says:

    This is an awful, awful idea.

    • Bill P says:

      Agreed!!!! After 8 seasons you want some “How I got to know your mother”. You could maybe get away with the first 6 episodes, but not the whole season.

    • B says:

      agree! What was even the point of marshall getting the judgeship or lily getting the job in italy if we’re not going to see any of it

      • Z says:

        But really, did you really think the show would feature a couple living in Italy? No chance. That was just fluff to think about and now wonder about all through season 9

        • CAM says:

          Exactly. And since the show is called How I MET Your Mother, we get a season of just that. We’ll just have to hope they can keep us interested and see how they resolve everything. Could be funny.

          • miles says:

            They have brought us though 8 amazing season’s so all we can do is hope it great.

      • Mikael says:

        I’m sure there will be an epilogue where they flash forward to show what they’re all doing in present-day, flashing to Ted’s wedding for a few minutes.

      • krissie says:

        we are getting to see it…

    • RockGolf says:

      It might work if every episode, Jack Bauer runs up to a different person and yells “WHERE’S THE BOMB?? DAMMIT, WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!!!”

    • Zayne says:

      I was willing to give season 9 a chance since we actually saw the Mother but after reading about this plan, I immediately cancelled my series recording because these showrunners clearly have zero idea of what would be satisfying for long-term fans. I’ve been watching since season 1 but I’m so so done.

      • anakinjmt says:

        Oh come on. You’ve been watching since season one and decide to not watch the final season? Gimme a break, you’re going to watch it just like the rest of us just to see how it all ends.

        • taran63 says:

          What’s the point? Just wait and watch the final episode. It’s not like much of anything will happen in the filler episodes before it.

          • Clearly someone thought he was watching ‘How I Met and Subsequently Romanced Your Mother and All the Cute Little Idiosyncrasies She Has Which Make Ours a Love Which Will Last Throughout the Ages (and also what becomes of the friends who I only see now at Thanksgiving).’

        • Patty Stamps says:

          I’m sure this was one way that they could agree to get all the actors back. If the whole season is just three or four days, the whole cast won’t be in every episode. Works for them, sorta sucks for us.

        • Zayne says:

          I don’t think you grasp my level of frustration with this show. I stopped watching it for the mediocre sitcom plots a couple seasons ago and have been watching for emotional closure on the Mother. It’s one of the reasons the episode where he makes his speech to her at her door is one of my favorites of the show ever. For them to now say EVERYONE is going to meet her before Ted implying we’ll probably get to see very little to none of their relationship tells me that my whole reason for watching will be non-existent in season 9.

          I will probably watch the series finale, but that’s it.

          • scott says:

            whats that episode called that you were talking about?

          • Callier says:

            To everyone saying they’re annoyed they won’t see any of what happens after they meet A- the show is how I MET your mother what do you expect it does what it says on the tin and B- they said there will be flash forwards possibly to barney and robin living together marshal and lily in Rome and marvin as a teenager even possibly and of course they’re going to show ted and the mothers wedding their first date maybe this show has kept fans entertained for years I highly doubt they can manage to disappoint us that much

    • I really hope this is just a fake to throw us off the trail of the writers real idea. After 8 awesome seasons, they must realise 24 episodes on one weekend is too much.

      • octopus says:

        Any truth to the rumors that the entire final season takes place in 2036?

      • TV Gord says:

        They’re not going to lie at the upfronts. Contrary to the beliefs of people on the message boards, the upfronts are not being held for the fans. They’re being held for the advertisers, who will be making their media-buy decisions based on what they hear. There are no red herrings at the upfronts.

        • solo4114 says:

          Which is exactly why NOW is the time for fans to speak up if they dislike this idea and/or want something different. The sooner the advertisers get the sense that a particular plotline is pretty unpopular, the more likely it is that they’ll exert pressure on CBS, which will exert pressure on the writers to change directions. Waiting and seeing will mean that, if this plotline goes over like a lead balloon, the writers will have to scramble and the team will possibly reshoot things to accommodate a change in direction. We’ll get a much better quality product if they stick to a particular plan rather than try to change directions mid-course. And that plan should NOT be a season-long wedding weekend, which, so far, is all we know for sure. Everyone saying “Oh, but they’ll OBVIOUSLY do flashes forward/backward” is engaged in wishful thinking. All we KNOW for certain is that the entire season is nothing but the wedding weekend and everyone else BUT Ted meeting the mother. If you don’t like that idea and want to see them actually spend time together and develop a relationship, speak up. Now’s the time. Not halfway through the season. Now.

          • Callier says:

            Why are you so concerned the season long weekend is a bad idea it’s a different approach sure but these are the same writers who made the past 8 seasons and they were all amazing I think we should trust them not to let us down because this is more there show than it is ours and if this is the way they want to do it I say we let them because writers are artists and artists need to portray there own ideas without other people’s influence just because a show goes for a different approach doesn’t mean it won’t be good stay hopeful that this is an exiting way to end a season because this show has continued to surprise me and I trust it won’t stop now

          • Jeremy says:

            Exactly! This whole two day season idea is messed up. Don’t screw your freakin devoted viewers!!!!!

    • Alan says:

      it really is going to feel like the longest wedding weekend ever and thats definitely not going to be a good thing, this final season is going to drag to a conclusion a show that should have ended several years ago.

    • Ian says:

      It’s the worst idea I’ve heard in a long, long time.

      Take note, all other shows.

      This is how you botch up your ENTIRE show in the homestretch.

    • jayne says:

      Agreed, I’m so sick of this wedding and we haven’t even seen it yet

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    • Mikael says:

      So an entire season of Robin in that ugly matronly wedding dress?

    • aleniz says:

      Actually think about it. in real life the dad has probably been talking only for a few hours and still he covers 8 seasons of before meeting the mother, meaning that it only makes sense for him to talk this long about actually meeting her. He will probably tell about her flashbacks, what she was doing at the time or what her room mate told her about him, what she was doing at st patricks day and flashback to the day ted lectured in the wrong classroom. also later on some flashforwards on their life further on. Plus they said wedding Weekend. the wedding doesnt last a whole weekend right? So it will probably cover the next day as well. I think it makes sense him talking about the actual day he met her that much.

    • GYW says:

      I’m just glad the thing is over! Never could get interested in the silly show. It’s like the presedent; I’t on every channel!

    • Mugamed says:

      Worst idea ever!!!

    • Nikki says:

      Agree. I was super upset when I saw the mother.

    • Mehuman says:

      Let’s call an “intervention”…. I wrote more but then got embarrassed about participating in this debate, as if it really matters…and deleted it. High Five!

    • lara says:

      Its the best idea EVER ! i want more how i met your mother.. best show… dont want it to end EVER !!

  2. David says:

    The entire (final) season will just be the wedding weekend?!? Not sure how I feel about that. I thought we’d get maybe a few episodes devoted to it when they said “longest weekend ever,” but a whole season? I was looking forward to seeing Ted and the mother fall in love and then the season ending with him proposing to her or something…

    • Laura says:

      Yes, agreed!

    • Bethany says:

      I agree. I feel like I’ve put so much time into this show that I really wanted to see at least part of their relationship. I was actually hoping that the series finale would be their wedding, with a possible flash forward.

    • Ann says:

      You don’t have to watch them fall in love. It will be love at first sight. Ted already has the idea woman in his head. And since The Mother has already met Ted and knows about him through Rachel Bilson’s character….I have a feeling she’s been wanting to meet him for a long time too. Also, the whole season will be the wedding weekend, but who’s to say that there won’t be flashbacks throughout as they’ve always done in the past? Season 9 sounds really exciting!

    • starney binson says:

      oh phuleezee
      like you don’t know the show??!
      they always have a way to give one simple story become a 23 episodes..
      the himym trademark “it all back when bla bla bla”
      just sayin’

      • James says:

        I totally agree they been hinting Barney and Robin’s wedding for I recall a little over two seasons now. So they’re make work and it’ll be perfect.

    • LM Warneke says:

      Fall in love and propose? The name of the show is “How I Met Your Mother,” not “How I Met Your Mother, Fell in Love, Courted Her, and Proposed.”

      • Alan says:

        so? it wouldnt be the first show to do something that wasnt laid out in the title. i cant believe is still have to write out this list for people but here it goes.
        blake’s 7: it never had 7 crew members and blake himself left the show after season 2.
        prison break: didnt do that much breaking out of prisons after the first season.
        buffy the vampire slayer: stopped killing vampires and started having sex with them instead but kept the title.
        the man from uncle: there were two men from uncle.
        smallville: stopped being about smallville when people got jobs in metropolis.
        taggart: continued on for many years after the title character left the show.
        cougar town: from practically the very beginning this title didnt make sense.
        burn notice: the burn notice isnt the driving force of the plot any more because its gone.
        two and a half men: ok yes im scrapping the bottom of the barrel by even mentioning this show but its main cast arent two and a half men any more, just three men.
        star trek deep space nine: conspicuous lack of of trekking through stars.
        new girl: even 5 episodes into the show she wasnt exactly new to the apartment any more.
        as you can see the title of the show shouldnt hold it back from telling the best story it can.

        • bamabunny says:

          Don’t forget “Glee”: school shootings, car crashes, suicide attempts, bullying, teen pregnancy and homophobia. Never mind that by the end it won’t even be about a glee club, but the former members’ adventures in NYC.

        • Matthew says:

          Lost: some people got off the island after 3 episodes. I guess you could argue they were still metaphorically lost, but that’s a cop-out.
          Also The Simpsons should really be renamed Springfield since most episodes are about someone stupid like Moe or Apu now.

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        • Mikael says:

          Thank you! I always get so annoyed at the people who take the MET in the title so literally. I’m really hoping for at least 1 flashforward at the end of the episode that shows them together. I’m optimistic because they said the actress tested well with Josh Radnor. If they were never going to show them together, who cares if they have chemistry?

        • LGH says:

          Buffy kept slaying right to the last episode & the actor that played Taggart actually died in real life rather than just leaving the show. To get to Deep Space Nine wouldn’t they have had to “trek”? Just sayin’

      • sandra says:

        Totally agree !!!

      • Lars Lund Andersen says:

        If you take the title literally, it should have been renamed to have Barney and Robin got together long time ago. Ted have been forced onto the back seat several seasons ago and for what, a tame, to say the least, romance between Barney and Robin.

    • Crono says:

      Technically would that not change the title of the show to how I married your mother?

      • solo4114 says:

        Oh for chrissakes…This argument about the literal interpretation of the show title is absurd. If that were the case, the show would be titled “How I and a Bunch of My Friends Grew Up, Had Stuff Happen to Us, and I Dated A Lot All Before I Met Your Mother.” Or more likely “The Barney Show.” (Because Barney & Friends would run into trademark disputes.) If we buy the literal argument, then EVERYTHING that happened in the show must be connected to the meeting itself. Marshall’s dad had to die so that Ted could meet the Mother. Ted had to get a lapdance from a stripper named Tracy so that he could meet the Mother. Ted had to hit on women while wearing a green dress so that he could meet the Mother. Lily had to have trouble with her job, and Marshall had to get offered a judgeship for Ted to meet the Mother. Come on. TONS of stuff with this show has had anything BUT a connection to actually literally MEETING the Mother. The point of the show is not the literal meeting and initial exchange of greetings itself. The show is a chronicle of the characters lives from their mid twenties to their mid thirties, revolving around the character of Ted and his search for lasting love. Other than some trite appeal to the literal meaning of the title — which fails on its face — I’ve heard no argument in favor of NOT showing the relationship of the two after the meeting.

  3. Carm says:

    A whole season about the wedding weekend sounds stupid.

  4. Esaul says:

    Um. I love the show, really I do, but that’s kinda stretching it a bit.

  5. Ummm. says:

    So were not gonna see they’re love story? So in the last ep it’s gonna be “And kids that HIMYM”

    • Brian says:

      That is the title of the show.

      • dude says:

        That doesn’t mean the show needs to end there. As long as it accomplishes the goal why can’t we see a bit of their love story beyond, that’s how we met. I mean, how does the past 8 season tie into him meeting her during this wedding weekend?

        • nick says:

          The first episode is when he meets Robin and if it wasnt for her he wouldnt have gone to the wedding to meet his wife

          • Eric says:

            Whoa. It’s so obvious but for some reason I never thought of this. Congrats, you just successfully blew my mind.

          • I totally agree with this, but couldn’t the same be said of Barney? Why not start the show at the point where Barney and Ted met for the first time?

          • EL says:

            I agree with Eric: “Whoa. It’s so obvious but for some reason I never thought of this. Congrats, you just successfully blew my mind.”

            that is an obvious, yet very complicated path, but because of Robin, its how he met their mother.
            they came 100% full circle. RAD.

          • EL says:

            Because popculture420, if Ted hadn’t met Robin, Barney wouldn’t have met Robin. And if Barney had, there is no guarantee that he wouldn’t have treated her as any other girl Barney meets. He wouldn’t have become her friend, spent time with her and then fallen in love with her…he did all those things because Ted dated her, and because when Ted dated her, she became friends with Marshal, Lilly and Barney.
            SO Ted & Barney might have always been friends, without meeting Robin and without meeting Robin, Barney might not have met Robin & had a wedding, and Ted would have never met his wife.

  6. 24 episodes of the wedding weekend? That sounds boring..

  7. Jodi says:

    I agree – that sounds ridiculously stupid.

  8. Billy Norris says:

    Looking forward to it!

  9. Sam says:

    This is a terrible idea!

  10. Jill says:

    One of the worst ideas for a season I’ve ever heard. This is going to get boring real fast.

  11. tvaddict says:

    I have been one of the biggest fans of the show and stayed with it for 8 seasons and have loved it but this is making me think this final season will be a disappointment. And I was so looking forward to this final season once we finally saw her in the final moment’s of the season 8 finale!

  12. shred05 says:

    Let me get this straight – we get 8 years of Ted running around looking for the Mother and what? Less than a season when he actually meets the mother and asks her out? We don’t get to see them dating? Their ups and downs? Him realising that she’s the mother of his children? The proposal? The marriage?! Barney and Robin had a longer storyline than Ted and the Mother for goodness sake.

    The show should have been called How Barney Met Robin While I Met Your Mother Along the Way.

    • Karen B. says:

      Best comment yet.

    • jenna says:

      my thoughts exactly! Really dislike this idea

    • Brooke says:

      Agreed. Why in the world would we get more insight into how all his other relationships developed than the actual Mother? Why would we get more about him and crazy girl from season 8 than the Mother? This is the season for the writers to tell us the story of WHY she is The Mother, not to do some season long gimmick. I hope if they’re testing the waters and reading the message boards that they reconsider. And are we really not going to get to see Marshall be a judge??

    • elr says:

      I’m trying to take this all in and shred05 you put it perfectly, so this means Ted and the mother will not even be in any scenes together until the finale, we will still have the Ted/Robin drama (UGH!), everything that is happening to Lily and Marshall after the wedding may not even be addressed, and we will have 24 episodes of the wedding weekend (STUPID IDEA!!!!!). My big question is why did they even have Josh do a scene with Cristin for her audition????

      • Sarah says:

        I’m hoping there will be flash forwards where we do see her and Ted together, and with other members of the group, so we’d get to see their courtship, even if it is out of sync with the episode’s timeline.

    • Deg says:

      while I understand what you want… the title of the show isn’t “how I dated/proposed/married or anything else your mother” it’s how I met your mother.

      and the Barney – Robin show you suggest wouldn’t be called ‘how Barney met Robin…’ it’d be ‘how Barney dated and married Robin while I waited to meet your mother’

    • miles says:

      Exactly what I was thinking

    • Rosie says:

      That is the best comment on this feed…. Had any one heard the rumor that The mom is dead? If I have waited 8 years to meet a dead woman I’m going too be so very very pissed!! That would be absoluly ludicris!

  13. Tiera says:

    I think it sounds interesting, I can’t wait to see how it pans out.

  14. Abby says:

    What if the story of How I Met Your Mother was the story of the longest wedding weekend ever, and actually ends with Ted marrying the Mother or something? That would be the only reason I could think to stretch two to four days out over close to nine months.

    • chris says:

      interesting idea i hope thats what there doing

    • TVDan27 says:

      They’ve said it will be the longest weekend wedding–but not who’s wedding. What if season 9 starts at Ted’s wedding to the Mother (though the inital moments will lead us to believe we’re at Barney & Robin’s wedding) and we get flashbacks to Barney’s wedding, whatever complications arise, the meeting of the Mother (from each character’s POV), and how that meeting led up to the wedding, the first date, the romance, etc.–with the final moments of the finale being the wedding? If the story is told in flashback from the wedding—technically the whole season is one long wedding. A stretch maybe…but better than never seeing much development between Ted and the Mother.

      • Alyssa says:

        Yes! This!!! (Except they’ve already pulled this whole wedding switcharoo thing once, so not sure how well it’d play a second time. But I like this idea.

      • elr says:

        That could work for me. I wish they would have waited to say how the season was going to go until closer to the season premiere.

      • Jannelle says:


        They’ve played with time before (e.g. Lily and Marshall trying to meet each other at the airport happened at two different weekends), and have misdirected us in similar ways in the past (e.g. made it seem like Ted met the mother at Barney and Quinn’s wedding, and only revealed at the very end that it was actually Barney and Robin’s wedding). This could turn out to be a brilliant misdirection.

        Do you remember that one season opener when Ted was outside of a wedding, and Marshall asked him if he was nervous? They made it sound like it was Ted’s waiting, and only at the end of the episode do you find out he was just nervous for his best man speech. Maybe this will be the same thing, except at the end of the episode you realize he was talking about his own wedding? And then he flashes back to Barney and Robin’s?

      • Claire Barnes says:

        Now THIS is a great idea!
        It allows the viewer to get everything they want in the final season – from the initial meeting to seeing how the relationship develops.
        You should definitely pitch this idea to the writers :)

  15. Kymberly says:

    And this is why I stopped watching the show last season…it’s too much dumb stuff in between! We should’ve met the mother 3 seasons ago! And then followed their story….great & fun concept in the beginning but it’s a little bit much now

  16. Erin says:

    24 episodes centering on the wedding weekend? I’m fine with a handful of episodes doing so, maybe even the 1st half of the season, but I would like to see not just the gang and Ted meeting the mother but maybe some of their relationship, his proposal, their wedding even.

  17. Samantha says:

    I don’t just want to see Ted meet the mother, I want to see him fall in love with her. I hope they mean we’ll continue to do flashbacks to the wedding weekend all season? Maybe?

  18. phi says:

    I don’t even watch the show regularly but this just sounds like the stupidest idea ever. It seems as though the fans are being cheated

  19. Bre says:


    Are you kidding me?! That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard! The weekend wedding should only last three episodes tops. The rest of the season should be about Ted and The Mother ‘s relationship. Then the series should end with their wedding.

    I’m not okay with this.

  20. Eva Said says:

    I think it’s best to see how this will pan out first before coming to a conclusion. It might or may not work. I’m just curious to see how they will pull this off.

    • John says:

      I guess I am different than everyone else. I assume that the main story will be the wedding, while there will still be the standard Flashbacks/Flashforwards. These will give those of you who want to “meet” the mother what you want. Honestly, I always wanted the show to end with Ted saying “Hi” or something else similar and then voiceover of “And that’s how I met your mother”. I wouldn’t even have cared about seeing her. But now that we have, I am perfectly fine with this format for the final season, provided the standard “flashes” exist.

      • Eva Said says:

        I had a similar assumption! But mine was more Ted and the audience meeting the mother at the same time and then FADE OUT.

        Guess our theories were not even close lol

    • JMill says:

      I’m more than willing to see how this plays out.

      There’s no reason we can’t see Ted falling for the mother. An episode or two of each of the characters meeting her and then the remainder of the season, more than half the season, covering the opening days of their courtship and additional interaction with the gang.

      I’ve seen Ted go on a zillion dates and do his ‘she’s the one!’ dance, I don’t need another repeat of that.

      As long as they can pull off showing us those first wonderfully intense days, where everything just clicks, where it’s crystal clear to both of them that this is different than everything that’s come before, the rest is boilerplate I can play out in my head from having seen it so many times before. Just give me the fireworks.

  21. Seyhan says:

    I really don’t like the idea sounds boring and dumb. But i will watch it anyways. Honestly i was looking forward to seeing Ted with this girl and how they are gonna date and all that relationship crap. Oh well!

  22. Nicole says:

    Really? All of the episodes will just be the wedding weekend? I want to see them after their first meeting. We’ve gone through all these years of waiting and we don’t even get to see their relationship develop, and all the things that make her the one? I want to see her become part of the group. Think of all the serious relationships Ted’s had, Robin, Victoria, Stella we got to watch those unfold, with this we just get everyone elses reaction to her before Ted meets her for episodes on end. Terrible idea & I’m really disappointed they decided to do it this way. I’ll watch but I won’t hold out hope of enjoying it like I imagined I would.

    • elr says:

      My feelings exactly. I’m too invested in the show to give up now, but they better be some of the BEST episodes of the series!

  23. Sara says:

    It’s called How I Met Your Mother. Not, How I Fell in Love with Your Mother or How I Married Your Mother. The creators are staying true to the material and have been for 8 years now. I think it’s a great show!

    • misha says:

      hate this argument. If we see more of an actual relationship with quinn and the crazy girlfriend rather than the mother the show isn’t living up to the hype they’ve created through all these years. if they were really staying true to the material then the focus should have always been on ted rather than on whats happening between marshall and lily or robin and barney

      • Brendan says:

        Whether you hate the argument or not. It’s the only one that matters. Nothing else has been promised other than How I MET Your Mother. If you guys want to get all disappointed and depressed over a sitcom then be my guest, but I’m anxious to see how they pull this off.

        • Brooke says:

          It’s the only one that matters? Really? None of the other arguments that anyone else has made in the entire 160+ comments on this thread matters at all?

    • the girl says:

      This is a really awful argument, because the story of how I met your mother could have (and SHOULD have) started with the story of Barney and Robin’s wedding. The fact that we went through all these ups and downs with Ted dating everyone EXCEPT the mother, means we are ALREADY telling a story that is more than just how Ted met the Mother. The story has been, how I became prepared to get married, or how I learned a lot of lessons about life and love before meeting your mother, or how I got over my exes and still believed in love, or how I am the biggest romantic in the bunch but the last one to get married.

    • Brooke says:

      And Friends wasn’t called “Friends, some of whom fall in love with each other and have a baby or get married, so they’re a bit more than just friends now.” But that sure didn’t stop them.

    • Klo says:

      Prison Break was called Prison Break but also had half of the series deal with the ramifications of the break and not the process of the break. Conceivably HIMYM could also deal with the ramifications of the meeting and not just lead up to the meeting. Your argument is overused and weak Sara.

    • j says:

      What other show has had such a specific title before? You can’t group show like sopranos or friends, or any other show i can think of together with this… More or less all the complainers need to chill out! Watch and see! In all likelihood hell meet the mother half way through the season if you look at the timing of it all.

      And to the person below that said it should have started at the wedding, Ted said to the kids, you’ve heard the short story about your mom and her umbrella, this is the longer version. Without Ted having met and loved robin, this whole thing wouldn’t have happened and Ted wouldn’t be the person he was when he met the mother, therefore being the possibility they never would have fallen in love.

      • Julia says:

        Exactly. This is what people do not understand. All of these things had to happen for Ted to meet the mother. Think about it. Ted meets Robin, and then dates her. If Ted hadn’t have broken up with Robin, he would have never gone out and gotten drunk with Amy and wouldn’t have gotten the butterfly tattoo. If he never got the butterfly tattoo, he would have never met Stella. If he never met Stella, she wouldn’t have left him at the altar and Tony wouldn’t have given him the job at the University, where he met Cindy who was the mother’s room mate. Then he runs into Cindy again and she suggests that her room mate’s band plays the wedding. All of this needed to happen. It’s all connected.

        • fabmeq says:

          And Ted tells everything to the kids, it’s completely ridiculous.
          The kids want only to know how he loves her mother, not how he loves Robin during 8 seasons, and Stella and Victoria . This show is not decent . Imagine you are telling to your children how you were in love with other persons than their mother. And until the last minute you expose all details how he loves Robin, he lives with her, he was loving her , 24 hours before he meets their mother and 24 hours after that, he falls in love of another person ! This is completely impossible.
          No it’s not possible. All of that must take time, and they have made too many investments with Robin
          Please stop this show because it’s not moral, and ethical.

          • solo4114 says:

            Your point touches on why there’s a need to see what happened with Ted and the Mother after they met. If this story has any purpose to it, if there’s any reason for telling it, it’s more than merely “Here’s how I wound up at the train station to talk to your Mom for the first time.” There has to be some explanation for why all the stuff that happened over 8 seasons mattered. What was it about all that stuff that brought Ted to where he is when he meets the Mother, and how did it change him so that he could move forward with his life with her? I don’t think you can effectively explain that if you say “But it’s how I MET your mother, so all he has to say is hello, and then roll credits.” I mean, while not every story is necessarily directly relevant to the overarching tale, the theme seems to be how Ted grew as a person to be ready to meet the Mother. But so far, all we’ve seen is Ted when he WASN’T ready to meet her. To simply have a 30 second montage and speech by Future Ted saying “After all those experiences, I was finally ready” isn’t gonna cut it. How was he ready? What about all of that stuff made him ready? How did it play out with her? Who is she IN RELATION TO HIM that would make who Ted was on 5/25/2013 the guy she’d spend the rest of her life with and have children with? This is why the whole “But it’s MET! MET, DAMMIT!!! METMETMET!!!” argument is so ridiculous. You can’t explain or explore any of that stuff if all you ever see of them together is the initial meeting.

          • fabmeq says:

            to solo4114;
            I am agree with all you are saying, but i want to say more . If they made so much investments in love between Ted and Robin and he is telling about Robin to the children until the last minute before he meets their mother, if the show doesn’t finish with Robin and Ted , that is not moral to tell about the love of another woman to his children.
            And it is indeed ridiculous that he loves someone since 8 seasons until the last minute of this show and in one minute he falls in love with the mother.
            This ridiculous and not moral.

          • solo4114 says:

            It might make sense — morally and in terms of story structure — if Future Ted explains why the love he has for the kids’ Mother is somehow better, more important,and more meaningful than all the time he spent fixated on Robin. It’d help if we actually saw the two of them (Ted and the Mother) together to help cement this. Back in Season 1, the writers were able to do this with Victoria. We saw how, while Robin was great, Ted and Victoria were even better together (at least until Victoria did her disappearing act and Ted pseudo-cheated on her). At the same time, even setting aside what’s happened with Robin, the story doesn’t make sense unless we get an explanation of why the situation with the Mother was different. Why Ted’s relationship with her was different from every other woman he dated. Why the two of them were so drawn to each other, married each other, and had kids together. What makes their relationship — not just the moment of their meeting — so important and powerful that Ted and the Mother each decide to spend the rest of their lives together and start a family together. What is it about each of them, as individuals but also as a couple, that makes it work? If all we get is a season of the Mother meeting everyone BUT Ted, and Ted just being his usual self, then none of that will be made clear. We need to see the two of them together, in their relationship, making it work. We need the denoument, not just the climax.

          • Sarah says:

            I’m wondering if, when Robin calls Ted into talk with her, he realizes at some point before he even meets the mom that he is no longer in love with Robin, but has been in love with the idea of her so long (probably out of loneliness) that the lines got blurred. I think they need to do something to dull his Robin love before he meets the mom or else it’ll just seem like a rebound.

          • fabmeq says:

            I am sorry but i am french and it´s difficult for to write my ideas in english. i am going to try it.

            to solo and sarah

            It is not possible, and not moral that a father speaks about another woman to his children, except by speaking very quickly and by remaining discreet on the details of his former(old) love life. Which interest have child to know the slightest details of his loving life before he meets their mother. Okay , he can tell them, he was in love with others persons but their mother is completely different , and it was and it is the reason why he loves her better than the other. But speaking about the same woman since 7 or 8 seasons, and this woman is the Aunt Robin someone very close with their family. The children can think after all , that he loves their mother because Robin was not accessible , And when he was with Victoria , he broke their relationship because of Robin, and now that she was with Barney and that it was question that she gets married with him (Barney), the children could say themselves, he would also have been able to break with Mom . And they could say themselves another thing , if Robin had saied Yes , he was certainly married to her even he saw after the mother . except if Robin saied she wants to marry to Ted at her wedding and not to Barney and now Ted didn’t want her because of the mother (in one minute , I don’t understand how it’s possible, but let us be crazy with the scriptwriters) . And even in this case they could think that he is lying to them about the end of the story with Robin. Sorry but it’s not consistent or not moral.

            What image of the mother and of a father gives this show.

  24. CJS says:

    This could work if executed correctly. But on the surface, it just sounds really, really dumb.

  25. lila says:

    the whole season 9 will be about the whole wedding weekend? horrible idea! it will be dragged on for way way tooo long.. please dont . im sure people will get bored.

  26. Lauren says:

    I’m hoping maybe they mean each episode will feature bits of the wedding but also PLEASE let there be some flash-forwards! At least some snippets of them together reminiscing about the weekend they met. That would be satisfying. And HIMYM has always been big on flexible time frames within story lines.

    • drhenning says:

      Of course this show will have flash forwards and backs… I will bet that the core of the season will revolve around the wedding weekend but we will see everything else… After all, the center of this show has always been the bar… Remember when they tried to make Lily’s house on Long Island as a place to gather??? that ended quick…

  27. Cathy Gudenrath says:

    I have nit watched the show regularly since season 3 or 4. I was looking forward to what they had planned for the final season but am not happy with this concept. Doubt I will watch much of it at all.

  28. shuayb says:

    I think its is a ridiculous idea. Its is absolutely stupid. We already know how he meets the mother. Throughout the years we have seen it, we just never saw her so I really want to know more about her… I want to know how they fall in love and it should end with how they get married. I hope they change their mind and if they don’t then I won’t bother watching. Not worth it at all.

  29. Brendan says:

    While I’m not saying the creative team is perfect by any stretch (as evidenced by the disaster that was Season 5), I feel like if anyone could pull off a ’24’-style season for a sitcom, it would be this team.

    And for you people that are disappointed about not seeing them date/a wedding, that’s your own damn fault for expecting anything more than what was promised (How I MET Your Mother).

  30. Kel says:

    Is that a shark I see? #jumptheshark

    • the girl says:

      Off topic: For some reason every time I hear this phrase I think of a shark jumping through a hoop like a dolphin at Sea World. Random.

  31. himym143 says:

    Hope they can pull this off. I really do. I dont want the final season to become such a waste.

    And in the end, this is How I MET Your Mother. Not Your Mother and I’s Love Story.

    Ted’s final words would be: “now kids, that’s how i met your mother”. And the kids would be all like ” finally, dad!”

    • twighlight123 says:

      YES! That is EXACTLY how I have always wanted this series to end!

    • MelindaB says:

      I hope that they have footage of David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca that they planned to use in the final season/episode, since they can’t really pass for teenagers any more. :P

      • himym666 says:

        They do…it was shot during Season 1 IIRC

      • Sarah says:

        Mosby’s gonna have to knock her up pretty soon. Like “train ride home from wedding” soon, since he’s talking to his kids in 2030 and Lynsday Fonseca looks at least 16 in all those scenes. Clock’s ticking, Teddy boy.

      • Mikael says:

        I think it would be funny if they filmed Lyndsy and David now and had them say something like “Finally! That story felt like it went on for almost a decade!”

  32. valerie says:

    See the shark….

  33. It is ambitious, yes. And taking the traditional sitcom in a different direction, which is OG HIMYM.

    But to revolve an entire season around a wedding weekend first shown to the audiences three seasons ago? And that season is the FINAL season, the season everyone is expecting all the storylines to make sense, all the loose ends to be tied up, the season we are expecting Ted Mosby to not only meet the Mother but to learn why the Mother is the real love of his life, “the One”? That’s just… dumb.

    Had the writers done this in season seven or eight, it might have been praised. I wouldn’t have minded seeing this entire past season as the wedding season. But I was left wanting more for the final season. And now I see that Craig Thomas and Carter Bays don’t care.

    Oh, well. Whatever. There’ll probably be something more interesting to watch at that timeslot next season, with all these new shows on all the networks. HIMYM can go to the “I’ll catch up later” pile.

  34. Adam says:

    Relax everyone.

    One of How I Met Your Mother’s trademarks is jumping around through time with flashbacks or flash forwards, if not cutaways to hypothetical scenarios. There’s usually one of those three in every episode – so the entire season may take place during a 56 hour wedding weekend as a framing device, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be flash-forwards to later points with Ted and the mother, and the other characters, as well.

    I don’t think that the entire season taking place during the wedding weekend will be any different than how the entire series takes place as a father tells his kids a story. It’s a framing device; that’s all.

    • ian says:

      Finally some one gets it. Thank you for that. I totally agree with what you are saying. People are freaking out before they even see it. I am just glad we are getting this extra season. Lets wait and see before passing judgement. Maybe it will turn out to be really cool. And hey there is always hope of a movie where Ted and the Mother get married if they don’t show it on the actual series finale. The show is called How I Met Your Mother not How I Met and Married your mother. Would it be nice to see all the other stuff like them dating and getting married well maybe we will see all those stuff until we see the season its just us fans speculating.

    • Josh Emerson says:

      While that sounds better than what has been said so far, I don’t see any reason to believe what you’re saying is accurate. They specifically said in this very news article that it would “span the wedding weekend and just the wedding weekend,” so what makes you think it will only be a framing device? That sounds to me like it’ll be a full season filled with nothing but scenes from that weekend, which is an incredibly awful thing to do. I’ve mostly trusted this show over the years but this is too far. If we don’t get clarification on this, I can’t imagine supporting the show again.

      • Adam says:

        If the show suddenly abandoned its use of flashbacks, flash-forwards, and hypotheticals, it would be abandoning its unique eight-year-running highly-praised unconventional-for-a-sitcom style. I don’t see that happening.

      • april-ann says:

        Agreed, Josh Emerson. It’s not that people “don’t get it”. It’s that people are tired of it. It sounds like just another season filled with filler.

        • Joe says:

          Agreed. It seems like they were set to end it here if Segel hadn’t signed on for Season 9 Now that everyone’s on board, this seems like last minute scrambling for a concept to justify another season.

      • dodgerpacker says:

        It says we’ll see everyone else meet the mother before Ted. But that doesn’t mean they all meet her at the wedding, does it? I think we’ll continue to see flashbacks to when they all met her possibly YEARS ago. (Maybe Barney at that St. Patricks party, Lily and she fought over the same pair of boots.)
        And I would imagine C&C will find a way to move forward and let us see Marshall as a judge and Ro barney adjusting to married life.

      • “Season 9′s entire run will, in fact, span the wedding weekend and just the wedding weekend, as the comedy details “how each character, before Ted, meets the mother.” Flashbacks within the wedding weekend framing device. Just like the show so has been entirely a flash back as he talks to his kids. Not a big stretch.

    • Caitlin says:

      Holy crap. Someone with a head on their shoulders that isn’t jumping to crazy assumptions.

      I’d go make my own comment but you just said everything perfectly. Just because they’ve delegated a weekend long time frame doesn’t mean jack in the long run. This is HIMYM, home of continual flashbacks and flashforwards.

    • MelindaB says:

      True–essentially, the entire series is theoretically taking place within a few hours’ time at the most, as I don’t see Ted’s kids as having sat through an 8-year story so far.

    • Brendan says:

      THANK YOU. Really, by this late in a show’s run, I think there are invariably a faction of impatient fans who are never going to like the 8th season of any tv show that are just looking for reasons to complain about something because they’re bored. The reality is there’s a ton of story-telling latitude under the penumbra of “a whole season spanning 56 hours,” to the point where it could be anywhere from awful to amazing. Condemning the whole season out of hand based on that broad a statement is patently absurd. “Not sure how I feel about it” is a reasonable response; anyone saying “this is unequivocally going to suck” had already decided that. The creative minds behind HIMYM have produced 8 seasons of great television, and I have little doubt that they have one more in them.

  35. jc says:

    can’t wait for the episodes spent entirely on Brad coming back as a guest at the wedding and meeting the the future mrs. mosby, and the episode that has Scooter sneaking in and courting Lily again and meeting the mother. and don’t forget Carl the bartender. He’s got to meet her before Ted too, because with 22 episodes just being about the longest wedding weekend explanation ever, we have to have some filler episodes. sounds awesome.

    • Azerty says:

      Exactly. And don’t forget Missy the goat. She should meet the mother before Ted too. Seems legit.

    • Mike R. says:

      I think it means just the gang, Lilly, Marshall, Barney, and Robin, and their interactions will hopefully show is, why these two are meant to be together.

  36. Joao Gordinho says:

    After 8 years of watching this show i completely trust the writers

  37. valerie says:

    See the shark…. there are only 5 main chatacters …are they going to spend entire episodes based on minor characters meeting the mom… well we care? Very risky.

    • Adam says:

      I don’t think that it means that every episode will be about how a character first met the mother over this wedding weekend.

      I think it is just saying that [a] the entire season will take place over the weekend (my guess as a framing device to flashforward from), and [b] the friends will meet the mother before Ted.

  38. Josh Emerson says:

    This sounds like literally the worst possible thing they could have chosen. HIMYM is one of my favorite shows ever but this could actually make me quit watching. What an awful plan.

  39. justjack says:

    Has anyone else heard the rumor that the ending reveal is going to be that The Mother has actually died?!

  40. LaurenMC says:

    I don’t know how I feel about this…. I don’t see how this can be done well. 20+ episodes just focusing on 3 days? SMH

  41. murley says:

    clearly the wedding weekend will be a framing device. I bet the episodes with flash back (maybe revisiting some of those near misses from past seasons from her perspective) and forward to show them dating etc. I admire a show willing to take and risk and do something different. And I doubt the network would allow them to take such a risk if they didn’t have a successful plan in place. I am looking forward to next season.

  42. Relax says:

    Everyone really needs to relax!

    It’s seems you’re all taking this very literally.

    As with all HIMYM episodes they will jump around in time. The wedding may be where it all starts- but it will frame the season.

    Originally the whole series was going to end this season with Ted ONLY meeting her at the VERY END ( with some sort of time passing ,narrated montage, I’m sure. Which will probably be done at the end of next season). This whole 9th Season is a bonus.

    This is purely speculation- but come on- stop being so literal! It’s actually a very interesting and ambitious idea.

  43. MCOLE says:

    It is How I Met you Mother and we will get to see how he met her and nothing more. OK with that.

  44. Brittany says:

    I’m really regretting that CBS gave them the 9th season now. I get that the title is How I MET Your Mother, but if TPTB are literally sticking with that, then they should have ended it with season 8 at Robin and Barney’s wedding and Ted meeting her then. Not drag out the wedding weekend for a whole additional season.

  45. Azerty says:

    Oh my god this is so ridiculous! not only the whole season will be the wedding but every character will interact with the mother EXCEPT Ted? Trolling the fans much? Every single character, every single relationship has been developped, except for the main one, the one we started to watch the show for. Ridiculous.

    • ian says:

      There are only Four other characters that have to meet the mother. And it possible Robin and Barney meet her at the same time. The same could also be said about Marshall and Lily. I don;t think they are saying every minor character from the shows past is gonna meet her. Its a long season and I would imagine that we will see Ted meet and her and fall in love, ect.

      • ian says:

        *that will see Ted meet her and fall in love,ect

      • Azerty says:

        Yes but don’t you think it’s a shame that the gang will meet the mother before the love of her life? They can’t even give that to Ted. The poor guy spent 8 years looking for her and he is the only one who doesn’t meet her at the wedding, since he clearly meets her at the train station. And as much as I want you to be right for your last sentence, it seems they are sticking with the meeting scheduled in the last minutes of the very last episode, to be sure that the last sentence will be “and that kids is how…”. So yeah they might be flashforward of Ted and the mother together but a flashback/forward usually lasts what? 30-60sec? The focus is and has always been present day, aka here the week end of the wedding.

  46. kees says:

    So who meets her first?

    If the mom ends up dead in the series finale that would be a colossal disappointment.

  47. MKS says:

    While I love the show, I don’t have 100% confidence in the writers’ ability to execute this well. However, if the quality of season 9 is anything like seasons 1-4, then I’m all for it.

  48. Brooke says:

    I understand the optimistic people saying this will surely just be a framing device, because I agree that has always been the show’s style, but I think all the people who are concerned are responding to the statement that s9 will span the wedding weekend and JUST the wedding weekend. That doesn’t seem to suggest flashbacks and jumping forward. So maybe someone mispoke or we’re supposed to interpret that statement differently, but the concern isn’t coming out of nowhere.

    • misha says:

      agree with this, I think many people are also concerned because of the previous comment from the showrunners that the final season would be very different from what we’ve seen. Something I think the optimistic people are forgetting

    • ian says:

      The “only the wedding weekend” comment came from the president of CBS entertainment. not Carter and Craig. They have said that it takes place during the wedding weekend but I don’t think the two of them used the words only the wedding. I may be wrong on that though.

    • mollymalone says:

      Exactly! If they tell us we’re getting LOTS of flashforwards and backwards – I’ll do a wait-and-see before I judge, but as of right now what they’ve said seems to suggest this is not happening, and I am not really too keen on 22 episodes of wedding preparation drama, no matter what hijinks they come up with, to put it that way.

      • Tracey says:

        I recently read season 9 may be a shorter season – only 15 episodes. You know what that means, less filler but more re-runs in between the occasional new show.

  49. adlib19 says:

    If the writers pull this off, it will be something to behold. I want it to be awesome just to contradict all of the doubters.

  50. Richard says:

    I hope they have the good sense to have some (many) flash forwards during the season and not concentrate soley on the wedding weekend.