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  • How I Met Your Mother almost ended after season 8. 1 / 9

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  • The show's creators had an eight season plan. 2 / 9

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  • But viewer numbers gave CBS interest in renewing for a ninth season. 3 / 9

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  • They had trouble getting Jason Segel to come back. 4 / 9

  • They wanted all of the cast or nothing. 5 / 9

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  • The backup plan was to reveal Victoria as the Mother in season 8. 6 / 9

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  • Segel eventually agreed to return so the show got a ninth season. 7 / 9

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  • Cristin Milioti was revealed as the Mother and the rest is history. 8 / 9

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