Prediction: How I Met Your Mother Is About to Become How I Met Your Father

By Bill Kuchman

Feb 05, 2013

Now that we know that How I Met Your Mother will officially return for a ninth and final season, many fans have been trying to figure out exactly how the show will handle its homestretch. Will we meet the mother this spring, in the Season 8 finale? Will the show make us wait until the end of Season 9? Will the writers just pad out a storyline it already had prepared for Season 8? Naturally, we don't have many answers.

But yesterday, TV Guide ran a story based on a recent interview with HIMYM co-creator Craig Thomas. The article declared that next season will “look and feel much different from past seasons,” with Thomas revealing that there’s “going to be a new way to tell the story” and that fans are “never going to mistake a Season 9 episode [as being] from one of the previous eight [seasons]."

“A new way to tell the story” could mean just about anything, but here’s my theory:

HIMYM is going to go Nikki and Paolo on Season 9.

Let me explain: During the third season of Lost, the show introduced the characters Nikki and Paolo and used flashbacks to insert them into key moments from the show’s first two seasons. They were always on the outside of the main group, but somehow seemed to be around whenever cool things were happening. Fans hated Nikki and Paolo, and Lost eventually buried them alive.

However, if we’re going to get a new season of HIMYM that looks and feels different from any other season, what better way to accomplish that than by spending large amounts of time with Ted’s future wife? The series can show her side of many of the stories we’ve heard Ted tell over the years. Her experience at the bar on St. Patrick’s Day when she forgot her yellow umbrella. The time Ted was in her apartment while she was in the shower. I’m sure HIMYM could even create "new" close calls, where the mother almost met Ted over the years. And as a bonus, allowing a few new actors to carry some of the final season's storylines would free up the principal cast to work on other projects—which would make sense, considering that the growing careers of stars like Jason Segel are what almost kept Season 9 from happening in the first place.

For this plan to happen, though, HIMYM will have to introduce the mother in the finale of the current season. The showrunners have already made it clear that they’re not going to make a casting announcement when they’ve selected an actress to play the Mother, so don’t expect any hints to arrive in that form. Would you be on board with this idea? After eight seasons of listening to Ted talk, are we ready for How I Met Your Father?

What do YOU think?

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  • sheelpatel88 May 08, 2013

    From Last episode I can predict that, Barney and Robin are brother and sister [remember Barney is half Canadian and hist father is still unknown...they will reveal this soon] obviously they will break up and the Mother that we seeking for last 8 years is Robin herself [remember the pack Ted and Robin did with each other, "if they are single till 40 years(forgot the exact age)" they will marry each other]...I have no clue how they got children though!!!!

  • kevincash73 Jul 21, 2013

    Robin is not going to marry ted, because ted always refers to her as "Aunt Robi"

  • ryancantillas May 16, 2013

    Barney's father is Jerome... they revealed that already. Plus Ted broke that single til 40 pact when Ted told Robin he loved her but she didn't feel the same way. Also in the first ever episode Ted said in the last part "And that's how I met your Aunt Robin"

  • justincrapola Apr 28, 2013

    I don't think so simply because I understand they've paid the principal cast a big raise to do the 9th season. They won't spend that money and then not use them.

    They could, I suppose, have dual-running plots, where we see what the mother is doing and then switch to the principal cast. And that would be consistent with the statement that next season will "look and feel much different". I suppose that is possible. But I still doubt it as it would still decrease screen time of the principal cast they just gave a big raise to.

    Now, has they not been able to sign a lot of the principal cast, then I could see that. They could have made a deal with the stars to appear in a few episodes, including a grand finale. But, that isn't what happened.

  • emmagoodwin Apr 01, 2013

    I really want the mother to be Carey Mulligan!

  • Egomania-X Apr 06, 2013

    I like her but she's not too comedic though, (as far as I know.)

  • xphilenz Mar 29, 2013

    In keeping with the shows name, it would be much better as: "How Your Father Met Me".

  • justincrapola Apr 28, 2013

    Actually, I think it would be more in keeping with the show to be "How Your Mother Met Me" That would keep Ted as the primary subject. Your version "How Your Father Met Me" or "How I Met Your Father" both of them change the primary subject to the mother.

  • Egomania-X Mar 28, 2013

    I think bringing new actors to carry the show would not work. Look at what happened to two and a half-men for crying out loud. Walden was not an unlikable character or anything, people just didn't care about him, his relations and his life, people wanted the people they knew for 8 seasons to lead the show. That's what I always say about 2&1/2 men, episodes are better when Walden is a supporting character. I think due to this, what you suggest would be extremely risky. People would only try to watch the season to catch a glimpse of Ted or any member of the gang and I don't think they can do that for 24 episodes.

  • kimsheridan58 Mar 18, 2013

    That sounds good

  • loldude1 Mar 05, 2013

    Is it just me or does it feel like Jason Segel is just phoning it in this season? I've loved this guy since "Freaks & Geeks" but he just seems so listless and doesn't really convey Marshall's neurotic wacky side anymore.

  • subaroo Mar 03, 2013

    In order to complete the franchise and not seem like there will be a giant middle finger to the audience over the years, they will have to bring the mother into the show in a way which will make the audience happy, we know we are close and we know everything about the mother pretty much so now it's just how the reveal is going to happen, if that is successful, I hope series 9 will answer all questions that the audience has so that we can finish the show on a high and feel like that the writers and other staff have made a brilliant idea work so well and make the audience feel like they were happy for the ride.

  • rage0nthepage Mar 01, 2013

    I think that's an incredible idea. I was thinking it would take place way in the future and we'd hear stories of them being/looking much older, but I can't see how you'd be wrong about this. Well done. Even more excited now!

  • ksayres Feb 26, 2013

    what an Awesome Way To Start a Son off... How i Met Your Father! TellingThe Mothers Side With Her Friends...

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