5 Final Season Teases From the 'How I Met Your Mother' Gang
'How I Met Your Mother' - Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan -- CBS
Time to close out our tab at MacLaren's: After eight legen-(wait for it)-dary years, the "How I Met Your Mother" gang is signing off with a ninth and final season, premiering September 23, where we'll get to see Barney and Robin get hitched. Oh, and yes, we'll finally (finally!) meet the Mother, aka Ted's future wife, played by new cast addition Cristin Milioti.
We sat down with the "HIMYM" cast and creators at Comic-Con back in July, where they dropped five major hints about what to expect from this final season. In short: Prepare yourself for lots of tears, ghosts of seasons past… and a grand finale eight years in the making.
1. Ted and the Mother are bonding already
Chemistry is everything on a sitcom, and it can be tricky incorporating a brand-new cast member into a tight-knit group like "HIMYM's" this late in the run. But series director Pamela Fryman is confident they made the right choice with Milioti (a Tony nominee for Broadway's "Once"): "When you cast someone, you don't know if they're really the right one. And she's so the right one. And now we're all taking credit."
Josh Radnor (Ted) agrees, as he describes first meeting Milioti on set: "I had this feeling of, 'Oh, there she is!' It's what they say about meeting your wife or your husband: Everything else is a struggle, but when you meet that person, it's just effortless and easy." And the on-screen lovebirds are already bonding over — what else? — the rigors of L.A. traffic. "She's living not close to the studio," Radnor says. "I'm also on the east side, so we've talked traffic routes. I've given her a few tips on what streets seem to be open." Awww… how romantic.
Go behind the scenes with "HIMYM" stars Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti:
2. But Ted and Robin aren't quite finished yet
"But wait," we can hear you "HIMYM" fans saying. "Isn't Ted still hung up on Robin?" Yes, he is, at least when Season 9 opens, and Cobie Smulders (Robin) says the feeling might be mutual — even though Robin's about to walk down the aisle with Barney. "Ted and Robin had a connection, and that doesn't just vanish," she says. "It's hard when one of your best friends is somebody you had romantic feelings for, and is also the best man. It makes for good TV!"