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On March 31, after nine years of legendary adventures, many drinks at MacLarens, a goat, a Slutty Pumpkin, and a lot of really terrible dates, How I Met Your Mother will sign off for the last time. During a recent visit to the set, the cast and creators spoke to reporters about what the show's legacy, what's in store for Ted and the gang for the rest of the season (including tonight's 200th episode), and what we can expect for the final slap. Gather round, kids, because this is what we learned... 


On the show's "bubble status" in its early years:

How I Met Your Mother wasn't an immediate success, but Neil Patrick Harris thinks the show's underdog status actually worked in its favor. "It gave us the opportunity to come up with our own sense of humor," he said. "Sometimes when a show is thrust into success right away, then there's high expectations for them to come up with terrific stuff super fast, and we got to develop a great vocabulary and weird little inside jokes so that by the time fans—Netflix-style and syndication-style started watching it—it had found its own voice." 

Jason Segel compared HIMYM to some of his previous work—including the critically acclaimed Freaks and Geeks, which was canceled in its first season—recalling, "I really felt like there was no way you could equate quality with whether or not [the show] lasted, so I was always ready for the show to be canceled, and then the fact that we got along so well made it almost a sure thing to be canceled. It's just the best gift ever that it stuck around for so long. We lucked out. It's been like a dream experience."


On having a contingency plan for if the show wasn't picked up for the second half of Season 1:

Series co-creator Carter Bays said that even though he and Craig Thomas never discussed it, if the show hadn't received a back-nine order, Ashley Williams' Victoria probably would have been the Mother, given that she met Ted in Episode 12. 


On forging friendships with their fellow cast members:

Nine years is a long time, so naturally, the cast shares a lot of fond memories. Josh Radnor told a story about the cast and creators all going to breakfast together before the final season began filming, because it was something they used to do early in the show's run. "[It was] Season 3 and we realize they have free breakfast here," Segel quipped. He also marveled at how many life-changing events he and the rest of the cast have happened since the show premiered in 2005. "We watched each other go through some really serious life stuff," he said. "People have gotten married and have children. That's a really special thing. As the characters evolved, all of our lives did as well, and some of it paralleled what we've kind of gone through as people... This is the longest I've known any group of people besides my family."



On planning for the end:

According to Thomas, he and Bays always had an eight-year plan from the pilot, but they're happy they've been given nine years to tell the story. "We kind of knew how we wanted to end it, but we were so naive that it would just keep going," he said. 

"It's an ending that we've been really excited to tell for a long time," Bays added. "You might see it and hate it, but I think we forget that there is this mystery and that there is this sort of feeling that there's something unanswered, because we're just also telling these stories about all five of these characters and the rest of their lives."


On what's still to come (and how much of the Mother we'll see):

"We're going to get more glimpses of [Ted and the Mother's] relationship, and some big moments in it," Thomas hinted. "There's also this wonderful episode, our 200th episode, that fills in the eight years in the life of the mother... we're really excited and proud about [it]." But for anyone who's worried that the rest of the cast won't be appearing in tonight's milestone event, fear not. "Our gang is in that episode," Thomas said, "but really it's her episode, and I feel that kicks off the endgame of the season and the series where you're going to see more of her and Ted and learn more about them, and that episode kicks that off beautifully."



On the decision to have Season 9 play out over the course of the wedding weekend, and the difficulty of writing it:

"There's been pitfalls," Bays admitted. "It's been a fun challenge. ... A huge part of that is meeting the Mother and being able to write that. The whole season's been a delight to do, but there's a few episodes like 'How Your Mother Met Me,' [the series' aforementioned 200th episode] that you just see the episode and think, 'This is why we're here one more year, just this right here.'"

Building on that statement, Thomas said they wanted to do something different to make the last season stand out. "We loved the idea... that a Season 9 would feel unlike other seasons, that we would give the audience a feeling that something different is happening, but it's still How I Met Your Mother. ... It's a bit of a cheat that we kind of jump back and forth, but it's been inspiring to tell the story in a different way." 


On what to expect from the final scene:

The series' last moments will explain why Ted has decided to tell his children this story, and they'll obviously include Ted's children, played by Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie. According to Thomas, they shot the final scene during Season 2—in the fall of 2006—so the actors won't have aged too much. "Those kids are now 53 and 62," he joked. 

Harris said he cornered Thomas and Bays at the show's Christmas party and demanded to know how the show would end. He said the ending is "more complicated than you would assume" and fans will be "far from disappointed." What do you think it could be?



On the final slap:

There might not be one! "There has always been an appeal to us," Bays said, "of leaving that last slap just hanging... to let the audience imagine when that slap will happen." But he also said that they're wrapping up everything fans could ever imagine (including what Barney does for a living) before the series ends, so it's probably safe to say that the final slap will happen (or at least be hinted at), even if we won't be able to count on the Slap Bet Countdown Clock anymore. 


On whether How I Met Your Mother will overlap with How I Met Your Dad:

If the controversial spin-off actually finds an audience, don't expect to see many familiar faces. "Nothing will replace these people," Bays said, "and I think we owe it to this show to end it on its own terms, and when this show ends, that's the curtain coming down for this world."

Added Thomas, "We want to keep the end really clean, really clean and respectful. This show is ending, and whatever How I Met Your Dad would ever be, it has to prove itself on its own. The show deserves the best possible ending that it could get, and the fans who stuck with us deserve that, and that's what we intend to give."


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AIRED ON 3/31/2014

Season 9 : Episode 24

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Is it me or are there two Cobie Smulders' sitting there?

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is it the how i met your father backdoor pilot???
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Between the quote "The series' last moments will explain why Ted has decided to tell his children this story" and the episode where Ted talks about wishing he'd met her sooner to have just a little more time with her, I'm worried this 9 year sitcom is going to go out on a sad note.
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Most of the fandom seems to agree that the Mother is dead... but then again in the alternate reality (where Ted married Stella) an older version of Stella appears after Ted says "And that's how I met your mother" and hugs the blond versions of Ted's kids, so that's what I'm HOPING the real Mother does at the end with the real kids... though if Milioti was cast around season 8 and the final scene was shot during season 2... uh oh...
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I'm glad I'm a fan that "stuck with you," Thomas! Not looking forward to the season finale. I could have been put on hold forever!
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So much attention is on the "moment" when they meet--hopefully the show will spend time on perhaps a more important event--the train ride back to NYC where they presumably get to know each other. Can imagine Ted getting her number at the station and then (as he earlier stared) calling her immediately while they're both on the train.
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I have high hopes for this episode and the series ending even though the last few seasons (especially season 9) have been pretty bad. Fingers crossed for a satisfying conclusion!
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Victoria being the mom makes a lot more sense, it has felt since then like a constant struggle to work away from that choice ever since.

The majority of their comments feel like they're deaf to the rest of the show, that they're just pushing the same platitudes and puff-piece PR quotes that Bays & Thomas always push out their butts for these season 9 stories.

Ugh, I really REALLY hope they don't get lazy and have the mother die as the big finale reveal, that's such a cheap move, so obvious.

Also, go away, "How I Met Your Dad", you're still the worst idea possible.
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Creators only had an 8 season plan, that explains season 9. To call it the falls of pit is an understatement.

But I continue to watch because I am hopeful for a great back half of eps.
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None of them are dead, this is HIMYM not Six Feet Under.
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Or is it Ted that is dying..
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I am fairly sure the Mother is dead when he is telling the story but I hope I am wrong.
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Me and my sister are thinking the same thing since the Time Travelers episode in season 8
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Here's the thing about that theory: if she was dead and he went back to see her, why would he only want those 45 days? Why not the previous 8 years as well? I think him saying he wanted the 45 days in that episode is because he was at his lowest point emotionally and wanted to start experiencing the love they have sooner than he actually did. She's not dead.
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I'm sure tonights episode will be good, not too many shows make to to 200. Quite the milestone. I'll miss this show, its had its ups and downs but ive always enjoyed the overall ride. The ending will be complicated but nOT disappointing? We'll see.

I'm still on the fence about How I Met Your Dad
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I'm really looking forward to How Your Mother Met Me and finding all the call backs. I'm excited for the ending, too. I'm glad they're ending March 31, and not filling time with repeats just so it will air into May.
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This has made me want "How I Met Your Dad" to succeed even less now.
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Sooooo glad this show is finally dying! How it lasted this long i dont know. it amazes me that people can sit and watch this crap for 22 minutes. Cringe worthy and hackneyed, thank the tv gods that I will never have to look at ted's stupid face or hear his putrid whining ever again.
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I don't understand the mentality you have. A show you don't like is still playing its final season... so? Why would that bother you? Why are you glad that it's over? You're not forced to watch it. Why would you have to look at Ted's face? Are you incapable of changing the channel, getting up from your couch, turning off the TV, NOT streaming the episode? (insert whatever else I'm missing). There's a lot of shows that bore me that I don't like -- you don't see me watching those or complaining about those because I don't give a sh*t that it's on. It's on the air because it has its own audience. So shut the f*ck up and let others have their show.
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If u had a gf or friends u might understand. U cant always be in control of the telly. I would sit and cringe while she watched this terrible program. I will never shut the fk up. You are clearly a v stupid person. Why would i ever listeb to a stupid person. Oh i know why. When i have to watch HIMYM. Then i have to listen to like 5 stupid people...........
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You realize you're living your life exactly like the characters of the very show you despise, don't you? Ted, Robin, Lily etc... they all act like this. That's where the writers get their inspiration -- from sad individuals like you who can't say, "no" to their friends or hot gf. If you don't like your situation, change it. If you refuse to change it, then stop complaining about your choice. Don't add unnecessary drama and annoy your gf with your complaints about her fav show. Tell her when she's watching her show, you'll go take a walk and be back in 40 min. She might even appreciate that you grew a spine.
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okay you're so dumb that your completely misunderstood what i was saying, like my gf has control over me. lol. seriously dont have children. Your DNA should not be allowed to spread.
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You are who your friends are. My friends and I share common interests in television shows. We would get together to watch said show. But they also watch other shit I don't like. I wouldn't sit around for that -- if they're coming over to my house, I have control over the tv, thank you. If we can't agree on a show to watch, we do something else. It's called not letting people you love walk all over you, while respecting their personal choices. Similarly, my boyfriend watches shows I wouldn't ever dream of laying my eyes on. I tell him, "You do that on your own time. When we're together, we'll wath something we both like," If he absolutely must watch his show, I'll read a book in another room.

I think the way you live your life -- cringing when your gf's show is on and constantly b*tching about it to her -- is very sad. Go get a hobby.
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who said i constantly bitch? I have seen the show and hated it. then it has been on when i have been in the house cos my gf is watching it. again, how can u not understand that? Oh and I have a hobby, i enjoy fucking with partially retarded people on TV.com
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Hey its still better then crap like The Big Bang Theory.
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I dont perticularly like BBT either. Both progs are hackneyed. They both repackage old jokes in new guises to make dumb people laugh. Theres no originality. It cloying and sugar coated and has no grounding in reality. These incude HIMYM. Big bang, 2 broke girls and many more.
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Just because your superiority complex doesn't allow you to believe or understand that people have different tastes to your own, doesn't allow you to chastise and berate a show, for no other reason than you don't like it.

If you have to direct your misplaced anger somewhere, direct it towards people who deserve it.
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I get angry at dumb people. People who watch this shit r dumb. Therefore i get angry at the dumb people who watch this dumb show. If i stop one person from wasting their time watching this shitty prog then my mission is complete.
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Wow you guys are losers! "stop bullying our shitty show!" If i want to tell the world that this show is terrible then i will. Its called a review. Thats wat this site is for. U understand children? And the reason that im talkin about a show thats fibishin is because it should never have reached this point! A finale? Really? Like seinfeld or friends? HIMYM will not be remembered. It was below average but you dumb crackers defend it. Watch a really great sitcom like louis, its always sunny in philadelphia, community, 30 rock, new girl or the league of gentlemen. I disregard everything you say because you have the gall to defend such a piece of trash. If u like this show u are dumb. Evidently or you would not be watching it..............
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A review is constructive, not like the garbage you spew out. Learn to write better reviews and maybe others will come to respect what you have to say.
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OOOh we got an expert reviewer over here! do you give lessons too? Where did you learn to write proffessor?
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I know How i met your mother isnt as good as it was and I know there are a lot of stupid storylines, BUT this interview makes me sad. Im gonna miss the gang a lot!!!
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I bet that, in one way or another, the 'crew' of this spinoff will find a way to incorporate cameos from the HIMYM series, into HIMYD!
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