How I Met Your Mother Pre-Season Prep: A Season 7 Refresher, Plus What's Ahead in Season 8


A shot from tonight's Season 8 premiere.


When How I Met Your Mother kicks off its eighth season tonight, it could be the beginning of the end. With no deal in place for a ninth season, the show is prepping itself for the very real possibility that this one will be the last. And if this is HIMYM’s final go-round, everyone knows what that means, right? We’ll finally get to meet the mother, the woman Ted Mosby marries and has been telling his two kids about forever.

As such, let's take a quick look at where we left off in Season 7 and what's ahead in Season 8.


So how’d last season end? And what does that mean for Season 8?

The Season 7 finale began the process of putting the final pieces into place for the show’s endgame, jumping forward in time to reveal that Barney wouldn’t marry Quinn but would instead tie the knot with Robin. The Season 7 premiere had given us a glimpse at Barney’s future bride, but then the show spent much of its time last year selling the story that Barney would marry Quinn, the stripper who stole his heart, even ending the season with a showy proposal. Knowing that Barney marries Robin and not Quinn, we’re going to have to see Barney and Quinn break up at some point. Hopefully it won’t be as he meets her parents, like when Barney broke up with Nora.

Robin had a rough go of things last year, discovering that she couldn’t have children of her own and turning down Kevin’s proposal to keep him from sacrificing his dreams of having kids to be with her. The upcoming return of actor Michael Trucco as Robin’s mystery crush (more on that in a minute) alludes to Robin having at least one more romantic encounter before becoming—wait for it—Mrs. Barney Stinson.

Marshall and Lily welcomed their son, Marvin, to the world in the Season 7 finale, tweaking the dynamic of the group by becoming parents. Even though they still live right above the bar, Marshall and Lily won’t be able to just hop downstairs to hang out like they always have. The couple has already tried to explain to their friends that they can’t be bothered with silly problems... but knowing this group, it’s hard to imagine Marshall and Lily won’t get sucked into a ridiculous scheme or two.

Oh, and then there’s Ted. After being left at the altar by Stella so many years ago, you’d think that Ted would be the last guy to run off with another man’s bride-to-be. Oops. Season 7 saw Ted riding off into the sunset with Victoria, his cupcake-making former girlfriend, as she bailed on her own wedding. From what we’ve heard about the new season, Ted isn’t happy that Victoria didn’t leave a note for Klaus, her fiance, and insists that they go back to do so. Apparently it’s okay to steal someone’s soon-to-be wife as long as you leave a note, huh?


You mentioned a crush of Robin’s coming back. Who else is joining the show for Season 8? Do we know who’s going to play the mother yet?

Yes, Michael Trucco is returning to HIMYM for a stint. You may remember him from "Hopeless," the episode that saw Barney and his dad embark on a legendary night out on the town. To keep up the ruse that he and Robin were a couple, Ted accidentally prevented Robin from finally talking to a longtime crush of hers. We’re going to see Robin and her crush together in Season 8, but how long will they last as a couple?

In addition to Trucco, Ashley Williams is returning as Victoria, and Thomas Lennon (Reno! 911 and Bruce Wayne’s doctor in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises) will play Klaus, Victoria’s boyfriend and now fiance who we’ve heard about for years but never seen. At some point, Ted is going to come face-to-face with the man whose bride he intends to steal away.

Abby Elliott, who left Saturday Night Live this summer, will join the show as Janeane, the girl who, according to executive producer Craig Thomas, gets hotter as she gets crazier. Break out the Hot/Crazy Scale, Barney—it looks like Ted is going to need it this season. Interesting note: Elliott’s dad, Chris Elliott, is already part of the HIMYM family, portraying Lily’s board game-addicted father.

Marshall’s law school buddy and brunch-loving friend Brad, played by Joe Manganiello (True Blood's Alcide), will also return. There's no word yet on the storyline that will bring him back.

And as for who’s playing the mother? C’mon, did you really think HIMYM would give up that information easily? I'm expecting Lost levels of secrecy when it comes to that particular casting.


Last (and most important) question: How many slaps are left?

While Marshall originally won the right to slap Barney five times, he bargained for an additional three slaps last season in exchange for letting Barney remove the ducky tie. Marshall’s used six of his eight slaps so far. If this turns out to be HIMYM’s final season, the Time-Slap Continuum better prepare itself for the last two moments in the most epic slap bet in history.



How I Met Your Mother's eighth season premieres tonight at 8pm on CBS.



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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Please everyone read this because i'm 99% sure it's true:

1 - Ted has already met the mother but they didn't talk and it was in season 3 episode 12 No Tomorrow he bumped into her and they didn't talk and ted says that the mother was in the same bar.

2 - The mother is Barney's sister because Ted meets her at Barney's wedding and Barney's dad says that Barney has a sister but she's away in college and Ted say's that the mother was in the college he teaches in.

3 - another reason the woman from season 3 No Tomorrow is the mother is because she's Brunette and ted hints that if the mother is stilla that the kids would be blond.

4 - Pleas everyone rewatch No Tomorrow and see the actress i think her name is Emmanuelle Vaugier.

hopefully you didn't waste your time and hopefully i'm right
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They made a big deal about zooming in on him, bumping into someone at that party. My guess was it was the Mother... though the actress they chose was just some stand-in.

I imagine that when we finally meet the mother, the episode will bombard us with clips of near-misses between the two and how she was around for various big moments without them realizing. The "bump" is going to be one of them.

That is, assuming they haven't already used the "bump" for another character.

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The person Ted bumps into was Wendy the Waitress.
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no it's not Wendy the waitress i checked
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Huh, your right, it Nicole Muirbrook. I really thought it was Charlene Amoia.
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But wouldn't Barney have noticed his own sister at the bar? He was there too.
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he didn't know his father then and he still doesn't know his sister
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Sounds plausible. Only thing is its strange that Barney didn't mention that his sister went to the college Ted taught at.
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I don't think Barney has ever met his sister because he only recently met his dad and little brother, so he probably doesn't know which college his sister goes to because he was more focused on getting to know his dad than his siblings.
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that's a good point but isn't it strange that the writers would write that Barney has a sister yet never showing her in the show and maybe Barney doesn't know that she is in Ted's college
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I've been avoiding any/all spoilers so what I'm saying is probably 99% wrong but...

They could pull a multi-wedding thing to fake us out. It's rare, but it happens. Two groups of friends are getting married around the same time so they join weddings. 2 brides / 2 grooms / 2 sets of vows / etc.

In which case, Robin could have been a psych-out. Barnie could be marrying someone else and Robin and her were just sharing rooms. But for the viewer last season, we saw Robin in a dress and said AAAWWW SMACK.
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Honestly, I hope that Victoria changes her mind in the season premiere and marries Klaus.

The whole "dumped at the alter" thing is a sad storyline. It was bad enough for Ted, but at least Stella went back to her Ex Husband and her kid's father. You can at least sort of understand that, even if you didn't like it. Though the AFTERMATH (and the movie) really sucked big time: I lost a LOT of respect for Stella for letting that happen.

But how is Klaus supposed to feel: his fiance left him to run off with a guy that dated her for a few weeks/months and then cheated on her.
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Am I the only one who remembers the anchor guy that Robin loved/hated and who Ted, when talking to his kids, mentions as Uncle Whatever (forgot the name -- it's the one who did the news in his underwear, I think)?
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Ted's never that specific with Don. I don't think he ever calls him "Uncle Don." He does make it seem like Robin and Don are about to have this great epic romance, because in that episode Marshall and Ted are ragging Robin about how the fact that she's given up on romance means she's about to get married and at the end she meets Don. It was definitely a heavy handed misdirection, but it's not explicitly contradictory.
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Sooo true! I think Ted also said that this guy was the last person Robin dated or Robin never dated anyone else after this guy. Something like that.
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After re watching the season 7 refresher WGN showed last week, I really must say season 7 wasn't that bad at all! I started watching HIMYM last year and caught the show's pilot on FX, and stuck with it through season 6. It didn't occur to me however to actually watch the new episodes on CBS until a little more than halfway through the season anyway. Frustrated with the hiatuses (there was only like 2 episodes per month), and the fact that I started watching on random filler episodes, I didn't like the season at all, but between Barney & Nora (which I liked), Barney & Robin (which I liked even more), Robin's pregnancy scare, which led into a twist of its ow (she's infertile), Ted & Robin (which I had shipped when first watching the show on FX), the birth of Marshall and Lily's baby, and finding out that Barney & Robin are getting married, I think it was a really good season!
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