Read what the How I Met Your Mother cast members have to say about a potential ninth season renewal. Are they ready to let go?

Eight episodes into season 8, there is still no news about whether How I Met Your Mother will receive a season 9 pick-up. We’re not likely to know until January 2013 at the earliest, but when E! Online visited the set, the actors revealed whether or not they’d be game for another round.

If it was up to Alyson Hannigan (Lily), the show would definitely be continuing past the season 8 finale. She says, “This is the greatest job I’ve ever had. I’d like it to work out.”

Josh Radnor (Ted), on the other hand, indicates that he’d be content with this being the show’s final year, although he doesn’t seem opposed to carrying on if CBS allows it. “I think if every party can work something out, including the writers, we might do another season or we might be done this season,” he says. “Either way, it feels like we’ll have had a really nice run on television.”

Presumably, we will meet the mother of Ted’s future children towards the end of season 8, at Barney and Robin’s wedding. Do you think the writers have an alternative ending in place in case this is the show’s last year, or would they spend a potential ninth season getting to know the mother and seeing her get closer to Ted?

And more importantly, what would you like to see happen? Do you think that How I Met Your Mother has run its course, or do you want the show to carry on for another year or more?

How I Met Your Mother returns next Monday with 8×09 “Lobster Crawl.” In the episode, Robin will be questioning whether she wants to have one last fling with Barney, while Ted wants to babysit Marvin.