Since How I Met Your Mother plots are narrowing down toward audiences finally meeting the character of Ted’s wife, does that necessarily mean the show will be forced to end? Not necessarily. Producers of the show toss around ideas about spinoff shows and continuing the sitcom after the final character has been revealed.
TVLine tossed that question out to executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Both of them said that a spinoff show or a continuation of the series is not out of the realm of possibility.
“That’s come up,” Bays said. A spinoff would bring the show to a conclusion, perhaps at the end of Season 8, and then possibly relaunch the show with a slightly tweaked premise and title (i.e. What Happened After I Met Your Mother).
But that’s not the only idea floating around at the moment.
“We’ve had conversations about rewinding back to 2005 and doing a series called How I Met Your Father,” Thomas said. “From the perspective of what was happening with the Mother all those years. Occasionally, she’ll stumble through McLaren’s and no one will see her.”
Another idea also goes back in time. “One way to go is to finish the [mother] story at the end of Season 8, and then Season 9 is, ‘Oh, by the way kids, I left some stuff out…,’” he explained. “And then it’s just 24 little stories that took place over the course of the series here and there. Like, ‘Here’s something funny that happened in 2006.’”
How I Met Your Mother has enjoyed rising ratings in its current seventh season, so a way to continue its success seems in the words at this time. The show has already been renewed through Season 8, and producers hope to reach a conclusion soon.
“We’ve already started discussions with [20th] about letting them know we need some lead time because we do have a story we want to tell and we see how quickly or slowly we should be telling this story,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get an answer to that in time.”
How do the producers feel about possibly ending the show in the next season? Bays commented:
It’s a hard thing. Obviously, we don’t ever want to keep the show on longer than it needs to, just like we don’t want to end it before it should end. But it’s the best job any of us have ever had.
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