Fans of the long-running CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother had their world rocked when the title matriarch of the show was finally revealed in full at the end of the season finale. But now everyone is wondering what’s next for season 9.

Now that we know Cristin Milioti, who famously played “Girl” in the stage adaptation of Once, is the future wife of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), what happens in what has been confirmed to be the final season of the series? Thankfully, CBS president Nina Tassler has revealed an interesting detail about next season’s story.

TV Line spoke with Tassler, and the executive explained that the entire season will take place in just one weekend. That weekend, of course, is where Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) will get married. In fact, much of the season will be spent showing how each of the series regulars comes into contact with the mother before Ted even meets her.

The real concern here is just how 24 episodes of television are going to be crafted from just three days of time. And honestly, the fact that we’re only going to spend that short amount of time getting to know this person who is supposed to be so integral to Ted’s life is pretty disappointing. Milotti is going to have to be pretty likable in every episode for fans to get on board this love train.

Of course, while the focal point of the series is obviously Ted finally meeting his future wife and mother of his children, there are still plenty of loose ends for the rest of the characters. As we saw in the finale, Marshall (Jason Segel) now has an enticing job offer to become a judge, just as he was planning to live in Rome for a year for Lily’s (Alyson Hannigan) career. As for Robin and Barney, it appears they’re in the clear after helping a couple find happiness with each other after sabotaging them, but maybe there’s some more wedding woes on the horizon.

The hope for the show’s final season is that it doesn’t feel forced and actually provides a satisfying conclusion for fans. How I Met Your Mother doesn’t need to become the Lost of sitcoms, where the lead-up to the end was far more satisfying than the actual conclusion. Sure the sizzle is great, but the steak can be tasty as well, right? Series creator Carter bays promises this ninth and final season “will tell the epic story of the longest wedding weekend ever.” It will likely be the longest amount of screentime any wedding has been given, aside from a royal one.

How I Met Your Mother returns on CBS this fall for season 9.

Source: TV Line