According to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler at the Television Critics Association press tour, the network is "optimistic" about extending How I Met Your Mother
to season 9, something fans seem to be divided on
(seriously, how much longer do we have to wait to meet the mother?) So we've gone from "preliminary talks" to "optimistic," which I guess is progress. Thankfully, HIMYM
co-creator and executive producer Craig Thomas offered a wealth of information on the upcoming season and series end (whenever it may be) to hold us over until negotiations are officially settled.
On Season 8's "Jaw-Dropping" Premiere
In an interview with TV Guide
, Thomas teased the season 8 premiere will end in a true "'gasp' moment." This moment will be "a flash-forward to Barney and Robin's wedding day where we go further into that day than we ever have before and we show you more information than we ever have before." This is certainly an exciting piece of news for fans, who have seem glimpses of that fateful day in the past two season finales. Though the co-creator couldn't explicitly say if that moment involves the mother, he hinted that it's possible. "There may be some yellow* involved," Thomas told Vulture
. Other details include the episode's title ("Farhampton," the town where Barney and Robin get married) and the set, which is "the biggest and coolest" the show has ever built.
*Yellow has come to symbolize the mother, as we've been led to believe Ted and the mother first meet when she's carrying a yellow umbrella
On the Current Status of Season 8's Trajectory
While the creators have said they need foreknowledge of the season 9 status in order to continue working on season 8 (they're on the edge of their seats, just like the rest of us), they've clearly needed to start work in the mean time (season 8 premieres September 24). Thomas confirmed they've plotted out the stories of the first six episodes and a good chunk of the six episodes after that. But somewhere near that halfway point, "there really are two roads diverging," or, to put it more bluntly, "a moment where you have to activate the launch sequence on what's the end of the series."
On the Whole Plan A, Plan B Deal
Thomas has said the whole business of a possible season 9 would understandably result in one of two major paths the show could take, and while we've speculated on the idea of that meaning courtship or no courtship with the mother, Thomas says that's not the case. "We know exactly how it's gonna end," said the man with the plan(s). "There's Plan A and Plan B, but it doesn't affect the very end... it affects how we get to the end and the exact sequence that approaches the end." In my mind, this "end" is basically Ted meeting the mother (so this could mean no getting to know the mother episodes). Whatever it means, Thomas asserts they've known the end game for a long time: "The end has always been the end."
On "Breakup Month"
This October has been referred to as "Breakup Month," because according to Thomas, "it's basically a relationship slasher movie." Though Thomas couldn't share the exact sequence of the breakups, we can assume these include Barney and Quinn, Robin and returning guest star Michael Trucco
and Ted and Victoria. "You're gonna see exactly how the relationships implode in a span of four weeks," said Thomas. Specifically, "how the last couple breaks up is important and leads to something big for all of the characters." So a shocking flash-forward to Barney and Robin's wedding, and then a slew of breakups--season 8 is certainly shaping up to be a doozy.
On Who Will Play the Mother
Thomas said he couldn't reveal whether they've cast the mother role yet, but he did say they'll want to keep it a surprise until the big reveal on the show. When asked whether he thought he could actually keep this huge secret under wraps, he merely said, "I do." That will be one tough secret to keep--hopefully it will be someone we will instantly love without ever having met on the show.
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