That isn't us talking; rather, Ted's normally passive, if somewhat bored kids appear to have finally cracked and told off their dad for gluing them to a couch in a recently released video. And while we can't lay claim to having been confined to a couch, the abnormally slow pace at which the calendar is inching to the season nine premiere on September 23 isn't doing much to ease the wait.
Which of course meant that we did what any normal, sane person would do: We pestered and badgered the makers until they gave us the dope on what's been brewing on the HIMYM sets as the cast reunites for the last instalment to this epic story. And from what we've heard, it's going to be Legend...
Wait for it, 'coz we got some juicy spoilers to drop first.
Caution: If you prefer waiting for another four excruciating weeks until the season premiere to find out what happened with the mother, then we suggest that you slowly back away and delete this page from your browser history, so that you don't chance upon any untimely spoilers. Most experts recommend bashing your laptop into a million pieces, to be on the safe side. However, if you can't wait to lay your hands on some insider info, hop on!
First Stop: Ted and Robin Land, that has been submerged with some awkwardness post the conclusion of season eight, which saw Ted and Robin sharing a moment that gave Team Barney a couple of sleepless nights. Robin's Something Old does make its way back to her, but with The Mother on the scene, Team Ted has finally got some cause for celebration.
And no one can be happier than Josh Radnor (Ted) himself, who by now has grown to used to being confronted on the street for clues to the Mother mystery. Josh reveals, “I saw (Cristin Milioti, the mother) in Once on Broadway, and she was amazing. She’s so delightful and talented and pleasant.” Creator Craig Thomas chimes in, ""You're going to see how she bonds, how she fits with those characters. She's not just perfect for Ted, she's perfect for the group," while executive producer Pamela Fryman adds, "It's not easy trying to join a cast that has been together for eight years, but Milioti has pulled it off."
Of course, the presence of the Mother isn't the only reason HIMYM fans are having a tough time sitting still. For what is probably a first in television history, Barney and Robin's wedding weekend is going to last one whole season! 24 episodes of unbridled awesomeness, capturing Barney's ultimate tryst with commitment.
Quiz him on the idea of featuring a whole season on one wedding, and co-creator Carter Bays says, "We could have ended it quickly, but there were so many things we wanted to get to. That's kind of the fun of this whole season being set at a wedding — it really feels like a party. It feels like we're throwing a party, and everyone you've ever seen on the show will be back at some point. We wanted to stress the word ‘framework,’ because we don’t want people to think it’s four episodes of flower-arranging. Decades will span within the course of this season."
So where does that leave our gang of five? "Lily thinks they're going to Rome and living her dream of living abroad for a year. And Marshall's sitting on this big secret. So Marshall is trying to get back to Lily to have one of the hardest talks of their relationship," reveals Thomas.
And this rollercoaster of a finale season is scheduled to make a detour to the mall again, with rumors running aplenty about Robin Sparkles' comeback. That apart, the bride is going to have her hands full as Robin's never seen before Canadian mother is slated to make an appearance.
In a nutshell, Craig Thomas describes the last season as, "It's a love letter for the fans this season. These fans have been with us for eight years. It's nice to have 24 shots at saying goodbye." And what's their way of ending the series on a bang? The makers are gifting us the final slap as a farewell gift!
"There’s going to be an episode in the middle of the season that takes place in the middle of one slap. That’s literally the framing device for the entire episode - Titled Slapsgiving III: Slappointment in Slapmara.” Which comes as a source of joy for everyone, unless of course your name is Barney Stinson, in which case you're probably petrified of Marshall's hands. "They’re not fun – either of them,” shudders Neil Patrick Harris.
And you may now say, Dary!
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