‘How I Met Your Mother’ Earns its Wedding Weekend Season

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When it was first announced that How I Met Your Mother season 9 would be making the shift to an enclosed seasonal storyline focusing on Robin and Barney’s wedding weekend, fans were appropriately concerned about what this could mean for the final season of CBS’ longtime television staple. But after just two episodes, one point has absolutely been made clear: it is (thankfully) the same show it has always been.

How I Met Your Mother has been on the air for 9 years now, and throughout, the long-promised coupling of Ted (Josh Radnor) and the Mother (Cristin Milioti) have somewhat tempered audiences to expect the unexpected – or at the very least, to be somewhat unaware of what’s to come. Sure, there are significant plot points – like Marshall’s (not so) secret judicial appointment (among others), which help connect the seasons with a coherent storyline – but as far knowing what’s going to happen – or which moment in time it will happen in – this is something How I Met Your Mother has never been known for, and is likely the cause of all the initial concern.

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Like the future children of Ted, television audiences are merely witnessing the exorbitant tale of true love unfold before their eyes, and since the focus of the story is love – not time – knowing when a particular storyline is going to conclude has never been all that important – until now. Typically, Ted’s continuous tale of love is introduced with some semblance of a time, but not much; other times the timeline is ambiguous and can jump back and forth many years. In the final season, however, a timeline was set and the show’s endgame began. This, as it turns out, was a blessing in disguise.

Over the course of How I Met Your Mother, fans have often complained about the lack of actual structure to the show’s tales, many of which include numerous nods to the ever-absent Mother. In season 9, however, Robin and Barney’s wedding has allowed the series to tell a more structured tale about the actual meeting between Ted and the Mother – or as other some may call it, the plot of the show. On top of Ted and the soon-to-be wife being given an appropriate amount of time to be brought together, the defined timeline of the final season lets the show sidestep its familiar sporadic timeline, allowing for Lilly (Alyson Hannigan), Marshall (Jason Segel), Robin (Cobie Smulders) – and, more importantly, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) – to tackle their own storylines in a surprisingly succinct manner.

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As Ted inches ever closer to meeting the love of his life, all the many questions about his feelings for Robin, as well as his potential future, are being brought to the forefront; and because the series is set in such an enclosed timeline, the typical interruptions from “older Ted” (Bob Saget), which are used to help move things along, are replaced by the characters actually dealing with the issues at hand, across multiple episodes. It seems, in part that, in this final season, fans will finally get to see friendships and relationships be put to test in a more earnest way.

Still, as Dexter unfortunately proved not two weeks ago, no matter how successful a seasonal story-arc is it doesn’t mean that an appropriate finale will also accompany it. That said, How I Met Your Mother has been under the control of creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas as well producer/director Pamela Fryman, so if one were to take bets on how the series may end, a better comparison might be Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad, because like Bays, Thomas and Fryman, it was Gilligan’s vision that served as the driving force of the series throughout. And when it comes to TV shows, there’s a good rule of thumb to follow: never bet against a creator who is personally crafting their show’s story until end.

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How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays @8pm on CBS

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  1. First!

  2. Second!

  3. I had my concerns at first but after 3 episodes it is clear that it is the same and has the same humor. It is interesting how they weave all the plot points together in just one weekend. But in wedding there is a lot to do. I like how they blend future Ted with the Mother and past Ted. It’s an appropriate way for the show to end.

  4. This season has been wonderful, and the mother is really funny and lives up to all my expectations. The flash forward scene of ted telling her that he was always going to bring here to this place even before he knew who she was, was perfectly excecuted. Not many shows of its genre can add a well times and excecuted intimate moment in every episode to counteer the jokes

  5. I haven’t bought into it yet. My problem is that I still don’t like the mother. Until that changes, this season will be a disappointment. I liked ep 3. Reason why: She wasn’t in it.

    • Really may i ask why? She is very funny, sweet and very ted like. The one scene we saw of ted and her together they had dynamite chemistry imo.

      • You have 8 years of build up and I was just disappointed with the “look” of her. Not at all what I was expecting. I feel like she’s just a very average looking girl.

        Granted we haven’t gotten to meet her much, so that’s where I’m hoping I’ll come around but right now, I expected someone different/prettier.

        • Ill agree i thought she looked rather average but the show isnt filled with the most attractivr people

          • I really don’t see why everyone expected a super-hot bombshell for the mother, really. Nothing was ever said throughout the series about her being a legendarily attractive woman on a physical level – what was emphasised was that she was *Ted’s* perfect match, so really, it was her personality that I had high expectations for. And so far she’s living up to it; their chemistry is pretty good.

        • If you were expecting a supermodel type of mother then you haven’t been watching the show. That’s not what it’s all about and not what Ted’s about. I thought Cristin Milioti had the right “look” for the mother. Also the funny chemistry to puts out with Lilly was just perfect. So far it’s living up to what I picture the mother to be. Had it been someone like a Kate Upton looking girl then I think it would have been too much and I would have considered the final season an epic fail

  6. I gave up on this show a number of seasons ago. I realize I am in the minority but I just can’t buy in to the “It’s the same show it’s always been” statement because for whatever reason I felt differently after a few seasons in.

    • I’m still watching, but I know what you mean. Somehow it’s just lost most of its inventiveness – at its peak it was great because it was also pretty original in terms of the setup of the jokes, the various social ‘concepts’ they came up with, etc. Now it’s still pretty OK because the characters are still fairly well-written and because the overall writing is still decently sharp. But it’s definitely not as great as it used to be. I’m still in because it’s pretty difficult for me not to see a show through to the end.

      Season 9 so far is… pretty much the same. It’s not been a train wreck, it’s been as OK as season 8 was. Which isn’t saying much because season 8 was pretty weak overall IMO. But I’ll gladly take an overall weak season, *as long as* they give us a great finale episode. Much better than having a decent season but lousy finale.

  7. If you really look, she is the perfect blend of Lilly and Robin. I think she fits perfectly. And she isn’t as average, she has her attractive moments in the first 2 episodes. You can see the chemistry between her and Ted already. I am looking forward to what is next!

  8. Thank you Linus!

  9. So true about the original creator crafting the ending.. I think that is where Dexter went so very terribly wrong. I am enjoying HIMYM in this format.
    I am wondering why Marshal is on the ipad. Was he actually filming a movie or something? Though they are making that work too.

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