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.