*****MAJOR SPOILERS for How I Met Your Mother's Season 8 finale, “Something New,” below.
Seriously, DO NOT READ until you've seen the episode—and the mother—for yourself.*****
Okay so Barney and Robin still haven’t walked down that aisle, Marshall still hasn’t told Lily he’s been offered his long-awaited seat on the judicial bench days before they’re set to spend the next year in Rome, but HIMYM fans still have reason to celebrate. Ted, so distraught over losing Robin to Barney that he plans to move to Chicago the night of the wedding, hasn’t met the mother of his future children, but we have.
In the last shot of Season 8’s finale, “Something New,” we finally get to put a face to the still unnamed Mother, as she purchases the fateful ticket that will take her to Farhampton and her date with destiny. In this case, a destiny named Ted. She doesn’t yet know that she’s about to meet the man who will love her drawings of robots playing volleyball and delight in the way she makes breakfast foods sing show tunes, but she’s only hours away from her life changing forever.
As many fans had hoped, the Mother hasn’t been cast with a big name star, but actress Cristin Millioti, formerly of Broadway’s Once, and a notable guest star on 30 Rock, has already certainly has the musical background to support her character’s role as bass player in the band at Barney and Robin’s wedding.
Since the powers that be have hinted we won’t be able to mistake a season nine episode for an episode from any other season, does this mean we’ll get a mini “How I Met Your Father” with some of those close calls from the Mother’s perspective? Ted is a lovable narrator, but an unreliable one, so could it be that his future wife has different recollections of the St. Patrick’s Day party, his first lecture or his relationship with her former roommate. Looks like viewers will get to know the mysterious Mother before Ted does. What are you most eager to find out about the future Mrs. Mosby?
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