The cast of How I Met Your Mother, its creators, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, and director, Pam Fryman, were guests for a panel at Comic-Con 2013 that began with a humorous video of Ted’s kids, played by a grown-up Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie, getting mad at their dad for keeping them hostage for eight years while he tells his story.
With his son and daughter criticizing Ted (Josh Radnor) for having spent so much of their lives talking about how he met their mother, and his son exclaiming “I hope you never meet the mom!” Ted exclaims: “I wish I was never born!”
How I Met Your Mother’s final season will see Ted finally meeting the mother of his kids, having a wedding with her, and…maybe eventually getting a divorce from her.
For fans of How I Met Your Mother, the panel was an amazing experience, and many details about the final season were revealed. I’m about to mention what some of them are, so if you’d rather wait to see them revealed during the season, you should probably stop reading now.
First of all, Ted’s wife will be played by actress Cristin Milioti, who starred in the Broadway play, Once. Though Radnor had been unsure if adding someone else to the cast’s “tight-knit group of five” would work well, he said that it “could have been not great, and it’s so great.”
Neil Patrick Harris revealed that Radnor and Milioti have already filmed a scene and that they “have great chemistry together.”
Co-creator Bays added:
We’re going to get to know this lady, and we’re going to see the two of them.”
The entire final season will take place over Robin, ( Cobie Smulders) and Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding weekend, though there will be lots of flash backwards and flash forwards.
Bay explains about this format that:
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.”
Also, there have been various episodes where a central focus has been on a game involving slaps, and how some characters delight in saving a slap for a future occasion.
The other co-creator of the show, Thomas, likened one such upcoming slap to a freeze-frame during a tennis match, stated:
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.”
The third slap installment’s tentative title is “Slapsgiving III: Slappointment in Slapmara.” It should be a funny episode, but for Neil Patrick Harris, getting slapped by co-star Jason Segel is not a laughing matter.
Harris says about Segel’s hands:
They’re mitts! They match his penis. They’re not fun – either of them.”
Another spoiler, though a relatively minor one, from Bays is:
We’re going to have a new version of that song [“You Just Got Slapped”] performed by someone really awesome.”
The minds of ehquiring fans wnat to know if Robin Sparkles will appear again. Thomas hinted that it’s a possibility:
“It’s a wedding. People sing songs at weddings.”
Another minor spoiler is again related to Robin and Barney’s wedding. Their first dance together will involve exploding glitter cannons.
Wayne Brady will be back, re-creating his role as Barney’s brother, James. He is going through a difficult time in his life. according to Harris:
“James is getting a divorce. That puts things into a little bit of a pickle.”
However, ultimately, Bays’ summary of the final season is that it depicts a hopeful sort of future. She calls the last season a “valentine to friendship and love.”
I’m a fan of How I Met Your Mother, though I thought that the last season wasn’t, as a whole, as good as the previous ones. From the news I’ve discovered at Comic-Con, though, I have hopes that the finale season will be the best season yet!
Check out the video Robin and the rest of the cast, and the audience at Comic-Con, singing “Let’s Go To The Mall”!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
“Let’s Go To The Mall”