If you have a slap bet going with your friends that Season 8 will be the final season of How I Met Your Mother, you should prepare yourself for a shattering of the time-slap continuum. According to a Deadline report, HIMYM will return for a ninth season, thanks to a last-minute decision by Jason Segel to stay with the show. However, CBS has yet to confirm the news (and may not do so for a while).
This is actually a pretty surprising development. While show creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have been pushing for a ninth season for several months, the fate of HIMYM was pretty much in Segel’s hands; the burgeoning movie star (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement) understandably wants to focus on his film career. Plus, with Cobie Smulders playing a key member of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the show in a bit of a holding pattern leading up to the reveal of the mother, Season 8 seems a logical place for HIMYM to end. After all, now that Barney and Robin are finally engaged, all the show has left to do is introduce us to Ted’s future bride. Until now, I assumed the remaining episodes of this season would be dedicated to just that.
Adding another season of HIMYM opens up some interesting issues. Will Thomas and Bays just pad out the storyline they were prepared to use if Season 8 was confirmed as HIMYM’s last? If the show just moves the planned ending 24 episodes into the future and keeps stringing fans along, Season 9 seems like a bad idea. However, if Thomas and Bays have a few more great stories left to tell, Season 9 could properly wrap up the story Ted has been telling his kids for almost a decade now.
After watching Barney’s elaborate proposal to Robin, some HIMYM fans have expressed worry that Ted’s eventual proposal will never match the impact of Barney’s. A ninth season could fix that problem, if the show finally unveils the mother at the end of Season 8 and then spends Season 9 showing us exactly why she’s the perfect woman for Ted.
– Do you think HIMYM can handle a ninth season and still end on a high note?
– Assuming Season 9 does happen, how should the show use the extra episodes? Pacing-wise, where would YOU place the reveal of the mother?