Nine long years ago, a television phenomena began. It was called How I Met Your Mother and for a long time, I wondered just how a premise like that (I shouldn’t have to explain it guys, it’s in the title) could possibly be a TV show.
Well, it turns out that the premise is elastic in that it isn’t really a story about a mother at all. In actuality, it was about a group of five friends navigating their late twenties and early thirties together with just a hint of romantic intrigue to keep things original.
Ted Mosby’s journey towards marriage has been a long one (Remember that whole nine season thing? Yeah…) and he has even found himself at the altar once before.
It got boring at some points – a show with a semi-timely question at its center shouldn’t last almost a decade – but now we’re in the home stretch, with only one more season to go before everything wraps up in a (hopefully) epic fashion. However, before the premiere in the fall, I’d like to go over what we know about this last batch of episodes. It’s not much, but it’s just enough to whet the appetite of the viewers who have stuck with the show for its entire run.
I’m also going to be throwing in my opinion on everything, because as the author of this article I have that power.
Okay, so we know the final season will be mixing things up. This is mainly due to the fact that it will be taking place over one fifty-six hour period. Barney and Robin are getting married, but there are obviously going to be some bumps in the road, or else laying the season out in this fashion wouldn’t work.
Of course, many viewers would probably agree that the flip side is also true. Spending this long on a singular event probably only works on shows with major stakes like 24. This plan could either be revolutionary step in television comedy or one of the biggest mistakes in television history.
However, while this is an interesting prospect, I’m personally hoping that the wedding will not be the entirety of the final season. In my own personal fantasy, the big weekend would serve as a grounder of sorts as we jump forward in time to see what happens after.
We got a glimpse of Cristin Milioti in the final seconds of the eighth season finale, at the train station about to leave for Farhampton, where Barney and Robin’s marriage will be taking place.
Obviously, she plays the mother, and not only will she be a major presence as things begin to wrap up, she’s going to be a series regular. It’s been suggested that she will be meeting with other members of the gang long (stress: long) before she ever meets Ted.
This is worrying to me.
Yes, I’m down for seeing her meet everyone else first (in fact, it’s kind of a given drama-wise) but I’d really rather not have her meet Ted in the final episode. That would be utterly ridiculous and drag the final season out way too much. Since the show is called How I Met Your Mother though, I’m betting that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
When we last left Marshall, he was in his hometown with his family, showing off his son. In the premiere, Marshall will be boarding a plane to New York, but he’s going to end up getting thrown off long before it takes off, apparently for disturbing a fellow passenger – played by Sherri Shepherd.
This will then land Marshall in a cross-country journey scenario, and since we’re going for nearly real-time, he could be doing this for a quite a large chunk of the season. While this could lead to some humorous moments (especially if Shepherd’s Camille is along for the journey) it would also mean he’s separated from the gang for much of their last hurrah, which is no fun at all.
Well, that’s all from me. How are you guys feeling about the final season? Did anybody give up on this show years ago, like I almost did?