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Could How I Met Your Mother Survive Beyond The Gimmick?

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In other words, would people still tune in if the show continued on AFTER we finally meet the Mother?

That's the burning question facing the creators of the show as How I Met Your Mother goes into its 8th season. All this time, it seemed understood that the show would finally end when Ted actually met the bother of the children he's been boring with stories for the last eight years. But according to executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, should the show get ANOTHER season renewal after next year, they might consider finally bringing the mother in.

One idea being considered is to spin-off the show after Ted meets his match. The cast would stay intact — plus one — and be renamed to something like, After I Met Your Mother. Another idea, according to Craig Thomas:

“We’ve had conversations about rewinding back to 2005 and doing a series called How I Met Your Father. From the perspective of what was happening with the Mother all those years. Occasionally, she’ll stumble through McLaren’s and no one will see her.”

Eh. Unless she is somehow related to the cast in a distant way, keeping Neil Patrick Harris and Co. in the picture, we can't say we're too interested in that. But we'd take it over option 3, which Craig explains as:

“One way to go is to finish the [mother] story at the end of Season 8, and then Season 9 is, ‘Oh, by the way kids, I left some stuff out…,’ And then it’s just 24 little stories that took place over the course of the series here and there. Like, ‘Here’s something funny that happened in 2006.’”

Nah! That's too confusing. Too much jumping around.

Go with the first idea: After I Met Your Mother. It will actually work more like a sequel than a spin-off, since you'll be able to keep the entire original cast onboard. Has that ever been done before? A sequel to a TV franchise???

What do U think?

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17 comments to “Could How I Met Your Mother Survive Beyond The Gimmick?”



  1. 1

    Just end the show….and give Barney his own…lol the storyline is beyond beating a dead horse…



  2. 2

    I absolutely love this show! I don't know what the comment above is talking about. I think that they could reveal the mother without changing the name, its not that important.



  3. 3

    COMMENTS ON AGAIN,,,,Horrible Parent Of The Week: Toddlers & Tiaras Lets Her Kid Perform Sexy And I Know It At A Night Club. YOU PROMOTED THIS pedo bait show forever. now you call the people what they are, horrible parents. what's the matter, DID THEY QUIT PAYING YOU?



  4. 4

    Re: Carnation16 – i think they should just bring the mom already…because it is getting a little old…but yeah they don't need to change the name at all if they plan on bringing her in. I just want some sort of resolution about the mom now.



  5. 5

    They don't have to go as far as to rename the show, it can still be how I met your mother with her on it. JUST SHOW ME THE MOTHER ALREADY!



  6. 6

    Favorite show ever!!!!



  7. 7

    I've been waiting for years to find out who the hell the mother is.



  8. 8

    PROOF YOUR FREAKING POSTS PEREZ. Seriously when Ted meets the BOTHER???



  9. 9

    Re: bananas1386
    I agree it would be interesting to see the mother! I hope they are keep the show going for awhile, they did just win a peoples choice award!



  10. 10

    I think making the 'after i met your mother' show would be the safest option. I know people really like the cast and adding a new person and a slightly different direction as Ted and the mother build their relationship and their eventual marriage would be good.



  11. 11

    They need to bring out the mother already. This show has been on to long without her and its gotten silly. They can keep the show just the way it is just add another character, a name change is unneccesary.



  12. 12

    I am hoping for the show to continue after he meets her. I would love to see the story of how they ended up at the altar and started their lives together and how the rest of the gang fit in. They have eluded to so many things that have not happened yet for each character. It would be fun to see some of those things actually happen. If done right this show could go on for the next 20 years. ;-)



  13. 13

    I like the show and not just because i'm curious about the mother but I would like top ow already!! And I like the idea of seeing them continue into family life. It would bring in new storylines and maybe characters wi the their children..



  14. 14

    I love the show! I think people will still watch the show even if the mother will be in it.



  15. 15

    This season is the worst out of them all. They need to show us the mom already or else people will stop watching.



  16. 16

    they shouldnt reveal the mother yet just keep making more!!!!



  17. 17

    MAYBE A SPOILER ALERT: barneys step sister is the mother if you look a the clues you can really see that you have never seen her but she has been mentioned and is in COLLEGE in NY which means like the college class ted was teaching by accident that they said the mom was in >.