UPDATE: For the first time in the show’s run, How I Met Your Mother is expanding the core group. Actress Cristin Milioti (a.k.a. The Mother) has been named a series regular, according to TVLine. While there have been numerous big guest stars in the past, the regular cast has never been expanded beyond the five core members. While that doesn’t necessarily mean Milioti will be in every single episode, it is clear she will be a huge presence in the show’s final season.
That’s right. After the long-awaited reveal of The Mother in the Season 8 finale, we will still have to wait a while before Ted finally meets her. In a TVLine.com article posted earlier today, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler confirmed the whole of season 9 will span the course of Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend. The audience will see how each character meets The Mother. Presumably, Ted will actually meet her in the series finale.
While it’s nice the creators are giving us time to get to know The Mother instead of just showing her face in the series finale, this sounds like the most frustrating concept for a season. This means 22-24 episodes of Ted angsting over the fact that Robin is marrying Barney. 22-24 episodes of Robin wondering if she is doing the right thing by marrying Barney. 22-24 episodes of Marshall trying to figure out how to tell Lily he wants to accept a judgeship instead of moving to Italy with her. It just seems like the entire last season is going to feel super stagnant.
Maybe showrunners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will prove me wrong. However, this sounds like the most painful idea for the last season of an otherwise great show.