‘How I Met Your Mother’ Will Likely End After Season 8

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Ever since CBS renewed its hit comedy How I Met Your Mother for seasons 7 and 8, some fans have supposed that season 8 might mark the conclusion of the series. With that final contracted season about to begin, rumors have been swirling about the show’s fate.

Initially, we’d heard that the network was hopeful that the adventures of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and friends would go on. Then, word broke that star Jason Segel might be looking to exit the series, potentially spelling its end. Now, it seems that the possibility of season 9 is looking far slimmer.

Courtesy of Access Hollywood, star Neil Patrick Harris – who plays the show’s signature character in “legendary” womanizer Barney Stinson – has said that the HIMYM‘s impending eighth season would likely be its last:

“Our contracts end at [Season] 8, so it’s one of those, you know, if they wanna do 9, they’re welcome to, but we have a lot of other things [going on]. Cobie [Smulders] has got The Avengers that just made a billion dollars, Jason [Segel] makes a ton of movies, I’m anxious to move East and Josh [Radnor] is directing and acting in movies as well. So, we all are anxious to move forward.”

As is par for the course when a successful series nears its end, it seems that another season largely depends on luring the cast back with a hefty paycheck, as Harris himself admits.

“I think the only way I think a season 9 or any longer would happen would be [if it were] financially right – that’s the reality of it. We love the show, we love doing it – eight years is a long time, and we’re as happy a family as we’ve ever been.”

We at Screen Rant had previously speculated that the increasingly busy schedules of the five-person ensemble cast of HIMYM could lead to the show’s end, since all of its cast members have seen their careers sky-rocket since the series premiered in 2005. For instance, Radnor has just directed his second feature Liberal Arts (which he also wrote and stars in), and it’s unclear if Smulders’ involvement in The Avengers franchise would extend to a role in the in-development S.H.I.E.L.D. series.

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Co-creator Craig Thomas recently told Zap2it that there’s also no chance that he and co-creator Carter Bays would continue without every member of the main cast. In fact, they’re approaching season 8 as if it is the end of the series. Here’s what Thomas had to say:

“We’re writing this season like it’s the end. We sort of have a Plan A and a Plan B going [should Season 9 happen], but we’re approaching the point where those two things would diverge. It gets more and more difficult as it goes on. Ultimately, it going to be more and more work that we’re going to have to throw out if this isn’t our last season, so we’d like to know as soon as possible. It’s a lot of big machinery we’re moving around.

Still, Thomas maintains that – if the show continues for a ninth year – the writing staff has plenty of ideas left.

If this is the last season of How I Met Your Mother, it’s everything we ever dreamed of and more, and eight seasons is great. That being said, do we have a ninth season is us? Absolutely. We could do a ninth season if it was possible.”

It’s unknown exactly how the show’s storyline would change if it’s renewed for a ninth year. However, word is that season 8 will end with the wedding where Ted will finally meet the “mother” of the show’s title. One popular theory is that subsequent seasons could follow the couple as they begin to date, but some fans feel this would betray the very premise of the show.

Many shows have overextended their welcomes, and fans should hope that the HIMYM goes out on top, before the characters become stale and the writers run out of ideas. Plus, the way the past couple of seasons have progressed, season 8 feels like the right time for the show to come to a bittersweet end.

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HIMYM has only really made a handful of major missteps during its run (looking at you, season 5!), but for the most part, Bays and Thomas have done a remarkable job breathing relatable, hilarious life into the trials and tribulations of young adults in their late 20s and early 30s, from searching for love to losing loved ones.

Despite Thomas’s fairly diplomatic response above, it seems that all signs are pointing towards this coming season being the last of HIMYM. Does this seem like the right time for the show to end, Screen Rant readers? What would you like to see happen in the final season? Let us know in the comments.

How I Met Your Mother returns for season 8 on Monday, September 24 at 8pm on CBS.

Sources: Access Hollywood, Zap2it

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  1. I enjoy the show, but I wouldn’t be upset if it ended with Season 8

  2. I’m glad its ending because I want to meet the mother!

  3. It has been a great show, loved every minute of it, and actually getting a power ending would be a way to go out on a high note!

  4. Best comedy on TV, whether the show ends or continues I just want the story to be right. The worst thing a show can do is keep a show going just because it got renewed. We don’t want another ER or House on our hands.

  5. I have yet to see the 7th season (waiting for the dvd) but i think the 8th season will be a good time to quit. 9 seasons would be nice but then you do risk things getting old. plus ending at 8 will allow Cobie to work on the shield series!

    • Yeah 9 seasons pushes some series to where it is over the line horrible. Looking at you Scrubs season 9. Actually not…I don’t count that. Season 8 ended it with me.

      • Oh Scrubs… How I loved thee. :)
        But you’re right. The final season was horrible. In fact IMO it’s probably the worst final season of any show I’ve seen. And I loved Scrubs. Loved it. But actually stopped watching before the last season ended.

  6. I hate goodbyes :-( I don’t want it to end and I want to get to know the mother but I wouldn’t want it to ruin the expectations we have for her. Whenever it ends it will definitely be sad.

  7. Please don’t go on to season 9. This is a truly awesome show, but sometimes you have to know when to end it. Why brainstorm to stretch it out longer when you can end on a really high note in the way that you originally intended?

  8. just please mess with our minds and never do what we think will happen :)

    • He is gonna say and that’s how I met your mother… then blacks out and we never see her lol show over

      • There is a twisted part of me the wants it to end by getting right up to the big reveal, and just as he is “and kids, this was it…this is what it was all leading when I….” and future he has a heart attack and dies.

  9. I think these kind of ensemble sitcoms, if successful, should reach for as far as they can go without losing the quality the makes the show good. Friends made it to 9 seasons and I think they were better for it. If they have good stuff to offer into one more season, I say go to season 9. Take it if you can, as much can’t be said for the best sitcom on tv, Community, which is being screwed out of a place on TV.

    • Friends went up to 10 seasons, but I know what you mean…
      I like community, but the best sitcom on tv is The Big Bang Theory……

      • Has the Big Bang Theory gotten better over the years or did you like it from the start? I only ask because I tried watching a few episodes when it first premiered and thought it was just atrociously bad. However, I could see it growing up to become something worth watching…

        • I am a BBT fan and I starting watching wen the show was in season 3 and getting popular. I started frm season 1 and def c wat u mean. It wasn’t that good and Sheldon was especially annoying. But I was willing to give it a chance, cuz like I said it was getting popular. Anyway, once Sheldon grows on u (and he will), the show gets really good. It’s hilarious. Now wen I watch season 1 episodes I appreciate them so much more.

          I know u weren’t asking me, but I thought I could weigh in and help out. Hope I did.

        • Big Bang Theory is the best the sitcom on TV right now and Sheldon is the best part.

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  11. I love this show so much… It’s one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen and it’s gonna be sad to see it end (when it ends), but if they can’t get the full cast to come back and tell more stories of the same quality as the other seasons, I guess it’ll be better if they don’t drag it out…

    You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain, right?

  12. I know the name is “How I MET Your Mother”…but seriously, are they gonna take it literally? I always thought it was gonna end with Ted’s wedding and maybe, a prologue set in 2030 showing the stories of other characters as well. But, then again, the last two seasons weren’t that hilarious and sorry to say, the show seems to be losing a bit of quality. If they can get it back on track like Seasons 3-5, then it would be a great and it warrants a Season 9 ending with the climax I mentioned.

  13. Spoiler Alert: It turns out that Ted and Barney revisit their co-parent idea and the mother is actually some woman that Barney got from his “fertility guy.” True story.

  14. i love this show .. but yeah i think its time to end it .. it was better then friends .. but i put it on par with the office .. another show that i love but realize its time to say goodbye to our beloved characters.. so seinfield was a little before my time .. was everybody ready for it to end when it did .. i personally still love watching the re runs .. and think it is by far the best comedy that tv ever produced and was waaay ahead of its time

    • it was still one of the most popular shows in TV. It could have gone a few more years. Jerry didn’t want to overstay his welcome and limp to a finish. I think that’s why it’s so revered. Because the show ended before it got stale, no one remembers it as such.

  15. About g****** time. I enjoyed the first three seasons and the 6th, but it’s complete s*** now.

  16. Cobie for S.H.I.E.L.D! :D

    • Sadly I don’t think that is going to happen although she would be the logical choice as a bridge character between the show and the movies. Who knows maybe as a semi-regular character.

  17. I think it’s time to end it. But if they don’t I will still b watching

  18. Why was the 5th season garbage? It has some of the best episodes, in my opinion. Unless you mean that the general story arc didn’t go anywhere.

  19. I think season 8 should be the final season, we have waited 8 years to meet the ‘mother’ and it’s going to start to lose the essence of the show if it continues much longer. Fantastic show either way!

  20. Good, this show’s been going downhill since season 6!

    PS. What was wrong with season 5? Someone please enlighten me.

    • Have you been watching the same show as everyone else? This show is better than any of that seinfeld, friends, simpsons crap that they used to have on. My God what planet are you from?

  21. SEASON 9!!!!!!! MORE MORE MORE!!!!

  22. Do it justice do ten seasons at least!!!!! ;(

  23. please, just let it die already! it’s becoming unbearable!

  24. There have been some fantastic sitcoms over the last 10 years- Seinfeld, friends, two and a half men 1-8 are the hall of famers…I think how I met your mother is certain to join them however I feel based on the premise of what this show is about the finale is super important. I think it will be a 2-3 part episode which includes meeting the mother at barney wedding and then skips ahead to 2030 and the mother comes in and says you been telling the how we met story again and it also shows what the gang are up to now… An ending like that would do this fantastic show justice and I get the feeling that it will be season 8

  25. It should not end. It has to be one of the best shows ever. If Friends could go for ten years then HIMYM can go at least that long if not longer. This is ridiculous.

  26. We know that the series has to end soon – even if we want it to go on longer because of the simple time requirements – think about it?
    If future Ted is telling the kids about it in 2030 and the eldest is about 16 say, then Ted has to have had his kid by 2014! And given Ted’s kind of romantic view on women, I can’t imagine he’d have a bastard son/daughter. Therefore, Ted would need to meet her sooner rather than later – if it is this year; he could marry her in six months – he can go quite fast with relationships and have a child by the time 2014?
    As much as I love the show – it is praised for it’s great continuity, so time has to factor into it already!

  27. i vote for Barney and Robin!

  28. How I Met Your Mother is my favorite sitcom of all time, and believe it or not I like it more than Friends. Friends lasted 10 awesome seasons, but i feel that if HIMYM continues on for a 9th season it’ll just ruin the previous ones. But in all situations, whenever it ends ill be very sad.

  29. and even though i just said that a 9th season would ruin the previous ones, i still want it to go on for a 9th a maybe 10th season, heck why not eleven? the most important thing is that the ideas keep coming and THE CAST STAYS THE SAME!!!!
    And if the producers can do that then they should keep going!

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