‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 8 Finale: The Mother Revealed!

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 31st, 2014 at 7:15 pm,

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It may have been a long time coming, but the How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale accomplished the inevitable: it revealed the Mother!

Broadway actress Cristin Milioti, who famously played “Girl” in the stage adaptation of Once, will be filling the role of the series’ title character (above). But her reveal came at the end of the episode. Before that, many important things happened to Ted, Marshall, Lilly, Robin and Barney. Well, mostly to Marshall.

How I Met Your Mother is always at its best when it makes an earnest effort to progress the life stories of its characters and, as expected, the season finale doesn’t disappoint. Ted, who was briefly struggling with his feelings towards Robin, decided that selling his dream house and moving to Chicago would be his best option. After all, Lilly and Marshall are moving to Rome, and Robin – who he may or may not still have feelings for – is marrying Barney. Fortunately, there are a few twists to this finale tale that make sure everyone’s favorite group remains intact.

Marshall, who was away visiting his mother in Minnesota, received an important phone call that will force a change to his and Lilly’s plans to move to Rome in season 9. After previously having submitted himself to become a judge, Marshall received a call to welcome him to the last remaining spot available for a bench seat. Marshall is going to be a judge! That is, unless Lilly nixes the idea. Meanwhile, Barney and Robin hurt, then help, an obnoxious couple’s relationship – and that’s pretty much all that occurs with them; but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Even though Barney and Robin didn’t receive that much play in this season’s finale, the many episodes that came before it complimented their story nicely, even though a few felt a bit old and familiar. To present the Mother, the producers made use of the strength that Marshall and Lilly’s story holds, to help welcome in the long-awaited, eventually-will-be bride of Ted. After Ted’s emotional conundrum set the stage for some welcomed reflection, Marshall’s joyous news kicked in before everything felt, again, a bit too old a familiar. And then, as if given her own storyline, a familiar yellow umbrella at a NY train station tips viewers off to the Mother’s upcoming arrival. And as the episode comes to a close, the Mother steps up to buy her ticket: “Hi. One ticket to Farhampton, please.”

Though the How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale did feel like it ended a bit abruptly given many stories – and obstacles – at hand, the journey was fulfilling and the Mother was, finally, revealed. Now, producers will have time over the course of their off-season to help craft a tale for viewers to fall in love with this mysterious woman who Ted will eventually ask to be his wife. And that, it seems, is where the real challenge lies.


How I Met Your Mother season 9 premieres in September on CBS

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  1. It would be the best thing to carry out the whole romance between the mother and ted and for the last words to be “anddddd that was just a joke. You’re adopted and the girl I’m banging is a prostitute, have a nice day”

  2. It seems like everyone is specifically targeting the underwhelming reveal of the mother. But this episode is about so much more than that. In almost no time, the group is about to separate. But HIMYM uses almost undetectable ways to show that there is NO way to take people who love each other away from one another. From the beginning, HIMYM showed a huge interest in destiny. Now if Ted just happening to meet his wife right before the move and Marshall just happening to get his call back to be a judge MONTHS after applying isnt the universe acting just as the series said it would, then I dont know what is.

  3. Brilliant!!! Absolutely breathtaking sitcom, Suspence filled. I love everything about this show, cant wait to see how it ends…

  4. Dear Writers, you’ve created an incredible show. A series comparable to most sitcoms and will most likely win the battle. From the very first season all the way to the second to last episode of the ninth season, you developed pure genius. I was amazed and astounded with my connection to these characters. Then, the finale came. Writers, i ask this question.. WHY?! WHY! To cheapen such an incredible series, to me was outright sinful. The entire show was based on Ted’s amazement and love for “Tracey McConnell,” yet somehow he finds his way back to Robin. Why? If Tracey was his true love… WHY ARE WE STILL BRINGING BLUE FRENCH HORNS TO ROBIN’S APARTMENT BUILDING!? WHY WRITERS. WHY???? Also, the step back and degradation you made with the episodes was unfathomable. I just can’t rap my mind around the fact that years worth of growth, nine years to be exact was all thrown away in a matter of sixty minutes. Good call on that one! i Hope you realize your mistakes. I Hope you realize you through Barney, Ted, Robin and Tracey away completely. You built them and MADE them crumble. Honestly., the finally was an incredible disappointment. I would suggest trying to fix that mistake with a season 10 writers. I honestly honestly do. This show will NEVER be “Friends”. Robin and Ted will NEVER be Ross and Rachel. You had a gem in your pocket, and like Titanic’s Ross Dewitt Bukater, you threw it off the edge of a ship.

  5. Not pleased at all. F****r spends 9 GD years finding a wife and she dies in the same episode they get married in. SOB’s should be shot. Then he marries the one everybody wanted him to end up with from the first few years. What a f*****g waste.

  6. Dear creators of my favourite sitcom – and i really have like 3 of them (Northern Exposure, That 70′s Show and How I met your mother – yup .. i really hate sitcoms). I just got a shock while watching the finale of the Legen… wait for it … dary series. I got shocked how You sirs gave a brute kick into a life. There’s one thing i’d change in that superb part… when Marshall says to the two young guys in the pub: Do You realise what happened here at McLaren’s ? Life – that woould be the wor i’d put into Marshall’s mouth. This whole series was astonishing – but the Finale is something way beyond all of the seasons. It brings us to the end. The end which is not “soapy” end which gives hope for continuing. It’s not a happy ending as well. It’s the miracle of end of life – series life, characters that sometimes became a part of our lives like “TV family”. The great ending of a Greatests shows of the decade if not century. Thank you writers, creators, all the people engaged in this series. I’d like to see something new from you in the nearest future. Ted, Robin, Lilly, Barney, Marshmellow, Tracy and Rashid always in our minds. Thanks!