How I Met Your Mother Finale: The Mother Revealed!

Joyce Eng
May 14, 2013

Josh Radnor | Photo Credits: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS
Josh Radnor | Photo Credits: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS

[SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains spoilers about Monday's Season 8 finale of How I Met Your Mother. Read at your own risk.]

How I Met Your Mother told us to "get ready for the mother of all secrets" on Monday's Season 8 finale and it was legendary. That's right: We finally met The Mother! So who is she?

The future Mrs. Mosby, or "The Girl with the Yellow Umbrella" as she is credited, is played by Tony-nominated Once actress Cristin Milioti.

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Now we still don't know how Ted meets her (except on the train platform, obviously), but now we know the circumstances leading up to that wedding day.

It begins with Ted (Josh Radnor) showing Lily (Alyson Hannigan) his renovated house while Marshall (Jason Segel) brings baby Marvin to Minnesota to see his family before they move to Rome. But Ted's not planning on moving in to the house any time soon — he's actually put it up for sale to move to Chicago, aka "a Cleveland-y New York," the day after Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin's (Cobie Smulders) wedding because he still has feelings for Robin. (Sigh.) He tells Lily about last week's futile locket search attempt/their handholding in the rain.

Lily reveals she knows where the locket is. In 2008, a drunk Robin, lamenting Ted's upcoming wedding to Stella, dug it up to take it with to her to Japan. But Lily had put it in a racecar pencil box, which is in Ted's apartment. "This is going to be the best wedding gift ever," he says.

"Ted, be careful," Lily warns.

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Cut to Friday. It's 56 hours before the wedding, and everyone's making their way to Farhampton, Long Island, for the wedding. Barney and Robin had just attempted to break up an obnoxious couple (Casey Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key) at dinner, and Marshall's coming back from Minnesota after learning that there's a judgeship opening for him in New York that he has yet to tell Lily about. Lily and Ted are driving out there, and he plans to take the train back to head to Chicago. And who's taking the train there with her bass guitar and yellow umbrella? The Mother.

What do you think? Are you glad we finally met The Mother? What do you think will happen in Season 9? (Remember, it's supposed to "take risks with time.")

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