The Entirety of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Season 9 Will Take Place Over the Course of One Weekend

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Leading up to this year’s game-changing season finale of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, creators/showrunners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas had been teasing that the ninth and final season would see the show’s narrative take a dramatic shift.  Well, following the events of the season eight finale, we now have confirmation of just what kind of shift is taking place and it’s a rather curious move on Bays and Thomas’ part.  Hit the jump to read on, but beware that there are spoilers for those who have somehow managed to remain unaware of what happened in the season eight finale.

how-i-met-your-mother-season-9-josh-radnorSo, in this year’s finale Bays and Thomas finally fessed up and revealed the show’s titular mother.  It wasn’t someone that Ted has crossed paths with previously, but was instead an entirely new character played by actress Cristin Milioti.  We briefly saw Milioti buying a ticket for a train to Farhampton, which as we saw in the season eight premiere is the same train that Ted is headed towards after Barney and Robin’s wedding.

So just how do Bays and Thomas plan on following up these events in season nine?  Well the answer is apparently “very slowly.”  CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler confirmed to TV Line that the entirety of season nine will, in fact, take place over the course of the events of the wedding weekend:

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.”

How will Bays and Thomas manage to stretch 24 episodes of story over the events of just three days?  Well that’s the question, and I have to admit I’m a tad disappointed.  I was hoping the final season would focus on the burgeoning relationship between Ted and The Mother, as the burden of proof would be on the show’s writers to convince us why Milioti’s character is “the one” for Ted instead of the numerous other women we’ve seen him date over the past eight years.  However, it appears that Bays and Thomas are sticking closely to their plan of having Ted and The Mother meet in the series finale, after everyone else has already encountered her, apparently.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Bays and Thomas plan to pull this off next season.  Will we get flashbacks that show us events from the mother’s perspective?  Will there be more flashforwards?  It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but what about you, dear readers?  Are you onboard for the “one weekend” plan or would you have rather seen the show take a different route to introducing the mother?

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  • Jack

    kind of like 24

    • Chloe

      Dammit, Jack, it’s not always about you!

  • Rojage Geo

    season 8 was very disappointing in its quality.Especially since the whole focus was mainly on Barney and robin rather than on the group as a whole.Now when they say they want to keep season 9 still pre-Barney/Robin wedding ,thats just stupid.
    Actually didnt the writers say that the mom would be revealed in S8 finale (which is done) ,and then have ted meet the mom mid Season9,and later on spend the remaining half of the season focussed on Ted and the mom relationship.

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      It can still happen: they board the train in middle season, banter ensues, and finishing things with her giving him her number and him calling right away (as he said in a previous season). But I can’t see it working without flashforwards (hopefully) or flashbacks.

    • cb

      No matter what they do, it won’t come off right. They’ve spent WAAAAAY too much time focusing on Ted going out with various girls only to end up alone and crawling back to Robin to make his meeting & falling in love with the mom seem any more serious than him actually marrying “Not-Robin’s” #4-10.

  • Nick

    This could either go very well, or become very tiresome. It wouldn’t surprise me if this idea is abandoned part-way through the season.

  • Siegel

    I just don’t get why they still bring the love between Robin and Ted. In Ep23 they ended the episode with both together in the rain. And after that in the same episode they finally show us the mother, Ted says a big love line to Lily about Robin. They even showed us that Robin in fact wanted to marry Ted. The appearance was anticlimatic.

    What the hell the writer are thinking? Why still build up a romance that everybody know isn’t going to happen?

    How I met your mother is more like a big love story between Robin and Ted and how it fails, and then he met “Your Mother”.

    • WAldenIV

      Maybe in the series finale the last line of narration will be something like, “And kids, that’s how I met your mother and why I’m leaving her for your Aunt Robin.”

    • Alex Schopp

      I still blindly and stubbornly hold out hope that somehow Ted and Robin end up together! I know there are a million things that throw a giant wrench into this happening, but until I see Robin and Barney both say “I Do”, I’m not convinced.

      The very end of S07E17 (“No Pressure”) – Marshall: “Not yet.”

      • Siegel

        I remember that too Alex, actually, that is the only thing that keeps me away to be 100% sure about they not ending up together. They usually don’t forget these little things, sometimes they bring back up things that was told seasons ago. I don’t se how they can make that, but let’s see.

      • Bhuvan Ahuja

        I strongly feel that Robin and Ted will end up together and this is what i would love very very much to see in the season finale. Let’s flashback to the past episodes. In the season 8 episode one, Robin told Ted that she can’t go through with this wedding and in the second last episode also, she was looking for the sings from the universe. Ted said to Robin that “maybe we don’t need Universe to tell what we really want” and they also seen holding hands.
        Why Robin is the right girl, this has already been explained by Victoria and why all these years his relationships never worked. He always have something for Robin and which stops him every time.
        What I am saying, looks really stupid as in the very first episode of HIMYM, Ted introduced kids with ‘Aunt Robin’. Aunt Robin?, then how it could be possible that Ted and Robin can be together.
        I can only guess and what i feel that this could happen if kids in the shows are actually Barney and WAIT FOR IT Cristin’s kids and Ted is narrating the story of How he met barney’s wife.

    • Casey Bowker

      You’re precisely correct.

  • pfft

    terrible, just terrible

  • peter

    they should make the last season from the point of view of the mother and she narrating the story. that’d be cool

  • peter

    they should make the last season from the point of view of the mother and she narrating the story. that’d be cool

  • Wilsonvolleyball

    I have to say, I am relieved by this. I’m still not sure about stretching it out in another season in general, but I’m glad they’re not having Ted meet the mother and go through relationship problems again and again with her. This should be the one. The one where there is no questioning, no fighting and no story worth telling in the time after they meet.

    Make season 9 full of special episodes with unique story telling techniques and make everything built up to the finale and please make a montage of previous seasons telling us why it was important to know this stuff and why it led to the meeting of the mother.

    • mike_thoms

      That’s a good point even though I’m not a fan of their idea.

    • Snarky

      I totally agree with you! The author of this article mentions how the burden of proof is on the writers to convince us that she’s the one but I disagree… the entire show has been about convincing us that each ex-girlfriend is not the one. If they meet near the end of the show (they don’t necessarily state they meet in the last episode) we don’t see the ‘post-honeymoon’ phase filled with fights and break-ups and cheating that plagues other sitcoms with a romantic relationship driving the plot (eg Ross & Rachel). We can just accept that she is the one and they live happily ever after. I wish more sitcoms would try something like this.

      P.S.: This is exactly why I don’t want a Star Wars VII :P

    • Snarky

      I totally agree with you! The author of this article mentions how the burden of proof is on the writers to convince us that she’s the one but I disagree… the entire show has been about convincing us that each ex-girlfriend is not the one. If they meet near the end of the show (they don’t necessarily state they meet in the last episode) we don’t see the ‘post-honeymoon’ phase filled with fights and break-ups and cheating that plagues other sitcoms with a romantic relationship driving the plot (eg Ross & Rachel). We can just accept that she is the one and they live happily ever after. I wish more sitcoms would try something like this.

      P.S.: This is exactly why I don’t want a Star Wars VII :P

  • martiney05

    Ugh this show. I used to be a big fan but now I am just watching it for the sake of final conclusion.

  • martiney05

    Ugh this show. I used to be a big fan but now I am just watching it for the sake of final conclusion.

  • RJ

    Could there be a How I Met Your Father telling the story that also the mother had twists and turn until meeting her “the dude”, Ted. Right? :)

  • mike_thoms

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they quickly abandon this idea once they get down to planning out the episodes this summer. Maybe they’ll start by doing this one weekend thing but soon realize it’s impossible to do it while still keeping the show fresh and giving the viewers everything they like about the show.

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  • Travis Vang

    These spoilers for How I Met Your Mother’s final season have me a bit conflicted. On one hand, I’m anxious to see how the story will ultimately unfold, but I’m not sure how I
    feel about the fact the whole season will take place over a single weekend. Unfortunately for me I don’t think I will be home to watch the season premiere because I’ll be working the night shift at DISH. Even though I won’t be home, however, I should still be able to watch on my iPad during my commute or lunch. I’ve got the DISH Anywhere app installed which allows me to stream shows, like HIMYM, from my DVR or live when they air wherever I go with internet access.

  • Jade

    Im so confused, it is insinuating that ROBIN and TED are feeling something i got that vibe in something old episode….And the rain?? and universe telling her not to marry Barney….. Remember Ted saying to the universe make it rain if im meant to be with Robin, i think there hinting here, and they’ll make it a twist meaning the girl you see isn’t the one its Robin has to be….

  • Casey Bowker

    I feel that I’m glad that they are finally done, it’s been too hard to watch this show and HAVE to know how Ted meets the mom. That being said, just having it over a weekend is a bit of a letdown because we won’t really get to know this mom at all and it doesn’t seem feasible he’d fall in love with her after just telling Lily that Robin is the one for him. The shouldn’t have thrown that in there at the end, and it would have been more convincing.

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  • Madeleine Lane

    I still hope we will get to see them fall in love, get married and have kid’s even if its in flash forward’s. We have to see what she’s like as a person and character on the show to even be “the one” for Ted. And how will her and Robin get passed what Victoria clearly couldn’t. And I hope they do something super amazing & funny with the kid’s on the couch listening to there dad tell the story of How he met there mother and how it took so long. Unless they already filmed that because the kid’s are now 9 years older than they were then.

  • Robert

    As much as I’d like to have a season or so devoted to the development of the relationship between Ted and the would be mother, I think the producers may have a good reason for not going that far – namely being unable to meet the fan’s expectations of what a perfect match for Ted should be. We’ve met Robin and the others, and we’ve come to formulate opinions about what is good or bad about each girl he’s dated. If we start to watch these two date, we may see things in her we don’t like or similarities to girls he dated before (ie why does he like this girl when Robin or slutty pumpkin or whoever had a similar trait).

    What I think would make a real zinger of an ending is this:

    1. Ted keeps telling the kids how he met their mother – however, he never mentions he married her.

    2. Ted keeps telling the kids how he met their mother – however, he never mentions that he is their father.

    So – have the series end with us learning Ted is a stalker who has killed the kid’s real dad and has the mother chained to a bed in another room. Barney discovers the crime when checking an old secret camera feed he had forgotten he had set up in Ted’s house. Robin covers the story on the news and wins an award for journalism. Ted flees to Canada with the help of Lily’s dad and ends up being the new son to Robin’s dad in Canada.

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