The creators of How I Met Your Mother, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, pull so many tricks and twists on their audience, it's hard to believe anything they tell us. After all, Robin's whole "storytelling to her kids" episode was a dream sequence, and that broke our hearts, dang it!
But there is someone on HIMYM that you can trust, and the answer may surprise you…
"Our rationale was that our narrator has never lied to us," Carter Bays says. "We take the stuff he says as gospel. Ultimately, it's a pretty reliable narrator. I think people can trust what Bob Saget says."
So we invite you all to go through every episode of HIMYM and write down what Future Ted has said. Then email us the notes. Thanks!
And of course the question everyone is always thinking came up: when the freak do we get to meet the mother? And will we meet her before the series finale? Bays and Thomas may not have given a straight answer, but the important thing is that they have the answer.
"We have it worked out," Bays reveals. "We kind of know what the endgame of the series is. It's obvious this show is around one central question, so that meeting will be part of the endgame of the show. How much the show will go beyond that, we can't really say one way or the other."
The casting of the mother is "very tough" for the HIMYM team. "There's one school of thought where she turns around and it's Jennifer Aniston, some huge star. Or you might want someone you've never seen before."
Other highlights from the HIMYM TCA presentation:
Do you think the mother should be a big well-known star or an unknown? When do you think HIMYM should wrap up?