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Last year at this time, the creators of How I Met Your Mother were heading into season 7 -- and talking about ending the show after season 8. If they stuck to that plan, we'd find out the lucky lady's identity this coming May! Hallejullah!
But not so fast. A year later, as they come off their highest-rated season ever, creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays are now negotiating for a ninth season, according to TV Guide.
Though the extra season isn't solid yet, both CBS and the show want it to happen. And from the producers' perspective, the decision better happen fast. "We're hopeful we'll get an answer, because obviously that'll affect the story one way or the other quite a bit," said Thomas. In other words, now that the narrative is in its final stretch, will they s-t-r-e-t-c-h it over one more season or two?
Either way, season 8's premiere episode -- airing Monday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. on CBS -- will be special. "The cool thing is we came up with a way to begin season 8 on an enormous 'gasp' moment at the end and get further into the mythology of the series," says Thomas. "We get a glimpse of something huge and crazy. It's a flash-forward to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin's (Cobie Smulders) wedding day where we go further into that day than we ever have before and we show you more information than we ever have before."
When asked if this moment will involve the identity of the mother, Thomas is vague. But he sure knows how to dangle a carrot: "It's a real 'you get a chill from it' kind of moment. We're building the biggest and coolest set we've ever built. We're doing something pretty amazing that feels fitting to how close to the end of the series we are. We're going big in the premiere. ... We show you a moment and some new information that I hope will make fans feel really, really satisfied and also really, really curious."
Some other tidbits about the upcoming season: The producers jokingly call October "Breakup Month," because relationships will end for Ted (Josh Radnor), Robin, and Barney. "It's basically a relationship slasher movie," quips Thomas. "The exact sequence in which they break up is important. How the last couple breaks up is important and leads to something big for all of the characters. It's planned out in a very specific way."
Maybe having to wait longer for the answer to the show's central mystery isn't so bad after all. If it means more time with these endearing characters, then so be it!