On HIMYM and the fate of the Mother

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Have you watched this week’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” yet? No? Want to avoid spoilers? Stop reading. Yes? Keeping reading.

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The mother is dead in 2030. Or at least dying.

That is all.

Okay not quite. One question that us fans haven’t really asked is, “Yes, Ted is telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, but why?” It appears we might have our answer.


If this is a red herring fake out (which I don’t think it is), it would be one big screw-you to the fans. Show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have said that they have always known what their endgame is from the get-go; they apparently shot a scene with the kids 8 years ago that referred to the mother’s identity. They did so knowing full well that the young thespians would grow up out of the roles, and it would not be realistic for them to age that much while their father sat them down to tell them the one big story of how he met their mother.

Oh, right, about that; I’m not sure how realistic it would be for a father to tell his children about all the women he slept with before meeting their mother, but I digress. Ah screw it, I’m digressing further. By the show’s end, there will be exactly 208 episodes entirely. Each episode is approximately 22 minutes long. So, 208 times 22 = 4,576 minutes, otherwise known as 76.27 hours, also known as 3.18 days that TED HAS BEEN YAPPING HIS GUMS TO HIS CHILDREN IN ONE SPOT. Screw realism.

So, as for the evidence for Mom being in the grave, there is this clip, in which Ted imagines himself (sort of) from the future pleading to the love of his life for just 45 more days with her. That is not the speech of a man just a little bit horny for his baby-mama. And of course, there is Monday’s episode. Would Ted still be upset if his own mother died? Or Robin, someone of whom the show recently made a big deal out of Ted finally letting go?

The evidence against? The tone of the show has been well, one of a sitcom (duh) with occasional heartbreak (getting left at the altar), as opposed to down right emotion devastation, the “How your Mother Met Me,” episode not withstanding. The show has been a goofy romp of one-night stands, drinks thrown in faces, flim-flams, shaved heads and romance. Would death really be the ending of this show?

Another theory I just pulled out of my keister, follow me here; The mother dies in 2030 (or close to it) and we end on a cliffhanger of sorts of older Ted saying something to the effect of, “Well, kids, I’ll always be grateful for your mother, and for you two, blah blah blah.”

Then that spin-off show hits the airwaves, “How I Met Your Dad.” The twist ending? The female lead in that show will have her story end with her meeting an older Ted Mosby, and becoming his second wife, and step-mother to his children.

Oh stop it, Jordan. Let’s just all wait for March 31, shall we?

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