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'How I Met Your Mother's' Mother Suggest that The Series Will Not End with the Mother's Death

By Dustin Rowles | How I Met Your Mother | March 10, 2014 | Comments ()


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There is certainly the possibility that is bluffing in an interview with THR, but in addressing rumors that How I Met Your Mother will end in the death of her character, Cristin Milioti seemed genuinely put off by the suggestion.

“That’s insane,” says Milioti. “There are some crazy conspiracy theories, which really makes me love the fans more… That is so crazy.”

Calling the finale “beautiful,” she also notes that there weren’t any alternate endings written or filmed in an attempt to maintain secrecy. “They’ve had this vision for nine years, and it’s in great hands,” she says of co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. “They know exactly what they want to do.”

Granted, she doesn’t outright say that the mother doesn’t die — as the most recent episode strongly seemed to imply — but she does say the idea is “insane” and that the conspiracy theory is “crazy.” There wouldn’t seem to be a lot of other ways to square that last episode with an ending that doesn’t end in her death, but in a series that’s been marred by inconsistency for the last several season, I will give Bays and Thomas this: When it really matters, they pull through. I’m willing to trust, especially given the cast’s reaction to the finale script.




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  • OpieCurious

    I remember someone speculating somewhere (probably on Pajiba) that she dies in the penultimate episode, and then in the finale we get the actual meeting. Seems like you could add one more thing: a monologue after they meet that waxes rhapsodic about how it's worth it anyway, no matter the pain at the end. Sure, Ted would rather have those extra 45 days, but he wouldn't give up five of the minutes they actually did have for anything. Something like that.

    It's sad, yeah, but in an uplifting way, and doesn't that seem closer to the spirit of the show than anything? The history of the show has been Ted searching through lots of bad women, good women with bad timing, good women who just aren't right for him, etc. And that's hard, as those of us who, like Ted, have dated into our 30s can attest. But is it THAT hard, really? It's just dating and heartbreak; for a romantic that's life's basic condition. If that's the ordeal of Ted's life, he ain't exactly Odysseus.

    But if she dies way too early, and the thing that's been at the center of his entire life suddenly disappears, and he says it's worth it anyway? THERE's the message: fuck the haters, finding the love of your life is bigger than everything, even bigger than the pain of having her taken away too soon.

    So maybe she dies but not at the end. Maybe we parse her words super finely like that. And it would be sad and people would be pissed because, hey, people get pissed at death. But damn wouldn't that fit the show to a T?

    Or maybe she doesn't and Ted was on the verge of tears because it turns out Ted & Mother's daughter fell in love with the stupid pineapple and eloped with it. What do I know?

  • competitivenonfiction

    If the mother is dead I can live with it. If they end with "and now that you know the story, I'm sure you'll understand my decision to make yet another last play for your Aunt Robyn" I will rage. And before you say they just wouldn't go there, let's all have a think about how many times Ted has supposedly moved on.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That would be kind of hilarious, actually

  • Lotney

    If they kill her I will be forced to acknowledge that there is still some soul in this show.

  • Repo

    She's deflecting too much. R.I.P. Mrs. Mosby. I feel terribly sad about this. Mainly because why couldn't it have been Ted?

  • NateMan

    Maybe it is Ted. I mean, all the stuff with him responding to the kids early makes it unlikely, but it would also make sense.

  • Obvs I accept it if the mother IS dead. On the other hand, DONT YOU DIE ON ME YOU HOLD ON AND STAY AWAY FROM THE LIGHT.

  • chumplunt

    My latest theory is she's been diagnosed with cancer, so thinking worst case scenario, Ted wants to tell the story while she is still around of how they met. But we'll find out in the finale that all is well and she's in remission.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I wonder if he's telling the story while she's in surgery or something like that?

  • Mrs. Julien

    OF COURSE, IT'S INSANE! It was fun though.

  • NateMan

    Don't be dead don't be dead don't be dead don't be dead don't be dead don't be dead...

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