'How I Met Your Mother' Creators Reveal Who Would've Been the Mother if the Show Had Ended Last Season
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'How I Met Your Mother' Creators Reveal Who Would've Been the Mother if the Show Had Ended Last Season

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 17, 2014 | Comments ()


It would’ve been cupcake girl, which — to be honest — would’ve been the more fitting end, I think, although how they could have retrofit Victoria (Ashley Williams) into the existing framework (umbrella, someone in Ted’s school, roommate of a previous ex-girlfriend) is something of a mystery, but apparently, had the series ended last year, as originally planned, co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays would’ve ended it that way.

But if the show had ended as planned, with eight seasons under its belt, the mother wouldn’t have been newcomer — known only as The Mother — Cristin Milioti. Instead, Bays said, “We both kind of agreed: Ted meeting Victoria … it would have been Victoria probably.”

Thomas said, “Ashley Williams reading this, like ‘Motherf—ker! That would have been awesome!’” Last year, CBS negotiated an extra season, which was only granted when Jason Segel, who plays Marshall, signed on after at first refusing.

On the one hand, Victoria is perfect for Ted (and the episode in which she left her fiance at the altar kind of tainted the character), but on the other, there would’ve been a lot of explaining to do for Bays and Thomas.

Meanwhile, in order to avoid problems with aging, they did film footage of the kids — whose name we will find out on Monday’s episode — back in season two for the finale, which they had planned to use at the end of season eight, where it was originally supposed to end. Instead, they’ll use it in the March 31st series finale.


Source: HuffPo

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  • Cree83

    This piece of news actually really annoys me. Partially because I'm not the biggest Victoria fan; she's the best of Ted's ladies, but she was still a little vanilla (cupcake pun maybe??) compared to this bass playing badass I had come to picture the mother as over the years. But mostly I'm annoyed because yeah, Victoria just makes no damn sense, as they have made so many references to Ted not having met the mother yet, and how on earth would Victoria have been in that Economics class Ted accidentally taught? And if Ted chose Robin over Victoria once, how are we supposed to buy the idea that Victoria, a woman he'd already rejected, would be the one to make him forget Robin for good? I've had faith that the show does have a master plan, even if they've been forced to stretch it out beyond all rationality, but if they were just going to toss Victoria in there, then I guess I can forget that they're sticking to any sensical plan.

  • Tammy

    Seconded. I'm currently rewatching the series on Netflix, just because, and I am still delighted whenever an obscure set-up from a previous season pays off in a later episode; the amount of absurd retconning they'd have to do to shoehorn in Victoria as the Mother would not have been fun to watch. I'm one of the rare viewers who isn't hatewatching it at this point, really; it has ups and downs but overall is still a satisfying show for me. Ending with Victoria would have been a massive cop-out and a huge insult to anyone who has been trying to follow the breadcrumbs so far.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I thought it would end with Ted with the only person he can truly love, himself. As for his kids? The twist is that Ted produced asexually and this whole thing has been another act of self indulgence as they know there is no actual mother.

  • Tinkerville

    Dammit! I was always hoping for Victoria before they ruined her character. Now I'm disappointed.

  • Mrs. Julien

    HIMYM now languishes with Parks and Rec in my DVR's "I recorded it, but I forgot to watch it" pile.

  • I am so glad that they didn't try to make Victoria the mother. She was intended to be the mother if the show got cancelled at the end of season one. They have put too many other clues for them to be able to say it is Victoria throughout the past several seasons.

  • xhikari

    hmm I kinda liked Victoria....but Milioti's cool anyway!

  • mairimba

    Victoria did show up in season one. And I believe we didn't know about the umbrella until season 3? Ted doesn't become a professor till season 5. And the wrong class he walked into is economics which could make sense for Victoria to be there with her having her own company and all that. Though she would've recognized him I guess.


  • Arran

    I know they've said before that if the show only lasted one season that the mother was going to be Victoria. Which would've been perfect at the time. But the only way they could've suddenly made her the mother after last season would be to basically say "Oh, all the clues we dropped are bullshit."

    Still, if it meant they didn't completely ruin Victoria—the only girlfriend of Ted's I genuinely liked—that probably would've been okay.

  • Ryan

    beyond the problem of the umbrella and being in the class, there is no way they can explain victoria being rachel bilson's roommate, or playing bass in a band

  • Guest

    Before they ruined Victoria, Ashley Williams was my favorite and douchey Ted would have been lucky to marry her.

    *Cristin Milioti is an excellent alternative.


    I just had to say it. Speak my truth.

  • Cree83

    I am this season's most ardent defender (previous episode excluded).

  • Bananapanda

    I hate this season! Who the hell gets married on a Monday and why is it taking soooo loooong to get to the wedding? Marshall practically drove to Cabo...

  • Cree83

    I thought the wedding was the Sunday of a holiday weekend?

  • Guest

    I've been tuning in and out this season (depending on the episode descriptions / AV Club grades) and would have to agree. The unintentional racism in "Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment at Slapmarra" was a bit jarring but overall most have been worth watching.

    *I'll give the producers the benefit of the doubt but yellowfacing is never a good idea. Then again there really hasn't been 1 Asian character in the 9 year run of HIMYM.

    **Yes, there was Patrice but NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOU. PATRICE.

  • Martin Holterman

    Yeah, yellowfacing isn't really a thing. The bad history simply isn't there.

  • Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's?

  • Guest

    Really? I think there is a long history in Hollywood of Yellowfacing. Most recently in Cloud Atlas and all the way back to The Conqueror (1956) and earlier.

  • Martin Holterman

    O, there's a history of non-Asian actors playing Asians. I never said otherwise. But then the problem with blackface isn't that white actors have been playing Othello for the last 400 years. The problem with blackface is that there is a long (mid 19th to mid 20th century, say) history of white people putting on blackface for the express purpose of mocking black people for their alleged inferiority. There is no equivalent history with Asian Americans.

  • Guest

    I would have to disagree, as yellowface in any form is derogatory and implies inferiority, but yes blackface was been far more prevalent.

  • Martin Holterman

    Do you by any chance think that actors should generally not be allowed to play a different race than they are? (Because let's face it, if this portrayal didn't imply inferiority, I don't know what does: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt03...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    MPH dated an Indian woman for a while - but you mean East Asian, I suppose?

  • Guest

    Yep (Robin also dated Kal Penn for a bit).

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Nice to see even Asians have racial blinders on. ;) (Are Indians referred to as West Asians? I feel like I've never heard it before)

  • Guest

    True there Sara_Tonin00 ;). Yes "East Asians". I think people from India would be referred as just "Asian" or according to Google "West Asian" is also valid.

    I'd have been happy with a plain old boring Asian American who isn't instantly given some "mystic" or stereotypical ethnic trait.

  • zyzzyva

    Totally agree. Always appreciate it when the character doesn't have to justify his/her non-White-ness (i.e. exchange student, ethnic-specific restaurant, etc).
    At least this episode wasn't nearly as horrifically cringe-worthy as it could've been.

    Oh, and I've usually heard it as South Asian for people from India, Pakistan, and such. Distinct from Southeast Asian for those of Thai, Lao, Vietnamese descent.

  • Three_nineteen

    Me too! The fact that this extra season avoided a lame ending that would never have been explained to my satisfaction is a bonus.

  • Sarah Weissman

    Makes sense, but damn I like Milioti.

  • couch and pants

    If the kids' names aren't Luke and Leia then I'm through!!

    Ah, who am I kidding? I quit watching this train wreck years ago.

  • jollies

    In the "no one cares department," my dogs are named Luke and Leia (and yes they are twin brother and sister).

  • couch and pants

    I care!! Dogs are awesome!! Please tell me you dress them up as their namesakes. Dogs with Leia hair are my kryptonite.

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