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The How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale just aired – join our discussion and read the recap here!

As the season comes to a close, it’s important to notice the theme of this season: change. Tonight was no different. We see the gang in a transitional period. Ted is finishing the remodel on his house in West Chester, and Barney and Robin are putting the final touches on their first-dance routine (it involves backup dancers and confetti) for their wedding a week from that day.

When Barney and Robin go out to celebrate their impending nuptials, they make an arch nemesis out of fellow diners Kiristin (she says the ‘r’ is before the i, as well as after), played by Casey Wilson, and her boyfriend, played by Keegan-Micahel Kay. There’s something in both Robin and Barney’s personalities that work well together – their love for cigars, their scotch drinking – but it’s funny that it certainly didn’t start out that way. Over the years they’ve developed and become more compatible than other couples (Robin/Ted, for instance).

Throughout the night, Kiristin makes them put away their unsmoked-cigars at the bar and takes their special table by the window. Robin decides to sabotage Kiristin and her boyfriend of seven years by slipping her engagement ring into a champagne flute, making it seem like her boyfriend was proposing. After the mishap is straightened out, they’re initially furious but decide getting engaged was the right step anyways. Hooray for love!

Meanwhile, in an attempt to get Lily’s mind off the move to Rome and Marshal’s visit to Minnesota, Ted takes her on a trip out to his remodeled, yet unfurnished, house in West Chester. They have a fantastic friendship dynamic, but beyond a few select scenes, we haven’t seen them in plot lines exclusively together lately.

While looking around the house, Lily throws a nice meta shout-out to the longevity of the show, “[Your kids are] going to sit on a couch right here and listen to your boring stories,” and discovers a ‘for sale’ sign, and that’s when Ted let’s the other shoe drop – he is selling the house and moving to Chicago the day after Robin and Barney’s wedding. Lily, always perceptive, sees through Ted’s desire to find a soul mate in another city, and realizes just how in love he is with Robin, which is to say, a lot.

Over the seasons, Ted has become more and more cynical. Here he’s been on this great quest to find true love and has failed dozens of times over. At this point, we should understand his desire to start over anew.

In a nice call-back to a past episode when Lily pries, she asks, “Where’s the poop, Ted?” and learns about the locket incident from last week. As we learn in a flashback, Robin didn’t find the locket last week because she dug it up years ago with Lily, right before Robin moved to Japan when she got frustrated Ted wouldn’t marry her. These two move away from each other in hopes that putting thousands of miles between them will help bury their feelings. Hopefully, Ted’s move to Chicago will not happen once he meets the mother the night of Robin’s wedding.

The locket, a symbol for Robin’s marriage, as it happens, has been sitting on Ted’s desk all this time. And he’s going to give it to her as a wedding present – good or bad idea, readers?

While all that chaos is happening on the east coast, Marshal visits home in Minnesota with baby Marvin so his mother can see them before they leave for Rome, or so they all think. His mother has plans to either keep them on this continent, or go with them, and neither plan is okay with Lily.

A wrench is thrown into all the Rome plans, though, when something that has been widely speculated on the web happens. Marshal gets a call to be a last-minute replacement for a position on the judge’s bench. He refrains from telling Lily over the phone, though. He says it’s “face-to-face” news. Only thing is, he won’t get a chance to tell her until the day of Robin and Barney’s wedding. Something tells us we’re in for an eventful season 9 premiere.

As the gang gets ready to go to the wedding, we hear Ted say he’ll get back to the city that night by taking the train. Slowly, all the pieces start clicking into place. We see a woman get in line at the train station, donning boots (that Lily had said she will have in her size) and the yellow umbrella that’s been a clue since the first season or so.

The last shot of How I Met Your Mother‘s season is the face of the mother! A petite brunette, who Ted doesn’t actually meet in this episode, but with HIMYM we suppose you have to take what you can get. The mother is actress Cristin Milioti, pictured below:

How I Met Your Mother actress

Watch the momentous unveiling:

For someone who has stuck with this show since season 1 and was convinced Robin was the mother until Ted dropped “Aunt Robin” for the first time, this shot was immensely satisfying. The question is, will the character actually develop over the next season? Will she join the cast? Only time will tell.

What did you guys think of the ‘HIMYM’ season 8 finale?

  • Gary65

    Does anyone else think she looks like a younger, brunette Allison Hannigan?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ana.margarida.guilherme Ana Guilherme

      My thoughts exactly!!

    • BlueNargles

      My friend said she looks like a cross between Lily and Robin, the two women Ted loves the most

    • http://twitter.com/wertzie83 Jessica

      Very first thought that popped into my head!

    • RabbitRabbit

      she looks like lilly in the picture but like Jennifer Love Hewitt in the show

  • http://www.twitter.com/foxienews Debbie aka FoxieNews

    She looks like a brunette Lilly with a little Robin mixed in….. but mostly Lilly. So does Ted have a secret thing for Lilly? lol

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    They finally revealed the mother??? Oh wow. I haven’t watched HIMYM for like 3 years now because I somehow lost interest in it. But I was actually expecting her to be revealed in the very last few episodes of the entire series.

    • Alyssamz

      That what would have happened if they hasn’t got another year renewal/Jason slumming it on tv

  • shenanigans

    She’s the girl from the musical “Once”

    • Kristina

      THATS how I recognize her! Knew I’ve seen that face before.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I thought it was Lily or something. That looks is very close.

  • Steve

    To me this ending implied that the whole final season will deal with the last 2 days before the wedding.

    • 17jeda

      Especially with the “56 hours before the wedding” dealio

  • himym

    Such a good finale very satisfying I’m looking forward to next season

  • hartmanlee

    not nearly as pretty as Robin. Disappointing.

    • Iron Criterion

      Because god forbid Ted falls in love with her as a person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krys831 Krystol Grayson

    She is the girl that Ted bumped into at the St. Patrick’s Day party in “No Tomorrow” all the way back in season three. It’s always nice when your theories turn out to be right :D

    • http://twitter.com/Senshi4alltime Ash T

      I always thought that’d be her but I justed watched the clip from “No Tomorrow” from season three [time code 13:43] and it’s not the same actress. Would have been cool though!

    • john doe

      except that wasn’t “your” theory.. the show told you she was there in the first place..

    • Guest

      No she wasn’t, that was a totally different girl.


    • http://how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/ Babar Suhail

      No she wasn’t, that was a totally different girl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.dodge.14 Rachel Dodge

    She looks like Allison Hannigan mixed with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

  • Rene Gonzalez

    No matter who the mother is. I’m still convinced Ted will end up with Robin, they are meant to be, ever since the 1st season. Mark my words!

    • http://twitter.com/wertzie83 Jessica

      How can she be “Aunt Robin” if she’s the mother?

      • Darcy

        She’s also Ted’s sister. Apparently.

        • Carilyn

          No, “aunt” here is referred to as a term of endearment. Some people have their children call their adult friends “aunt” or “uncle” as a term of fondness and respect even when there are no actual family ties. That way they don’t say Mrs. Stinson, which seems too cold, or directly say “Robin” which, I guess to Ted, seems weird for someone so much older

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.swanson.378 Ron Swanson

    She’s the girl from this Ford advert that I love! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xsT9v4v5Tw

  • Lexie

    Cristin Milioti is a wonderful Broadway star. She was the Girl in the original cast of Once. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003094208029 Stephanie Evans

    Does anyone else think of a brunette Flecia Day??

  • http://twitter.com/Celtise celtise

    Who is ready to bet it was the mother’s friend carrying her umbrella or something similar to that?

    • Lucija

      That would be the biggest upset!

    • 17jeda

      Impossible, the mother’s friend is Rachel Bilson… oh wait, that was just her roommate ;)

  • Sonja

    “There’s something in both Robin and Barney’s personalities that work
    well together – their love for cigars, their scotch drinking – but it’s
    funny that it certainly didn’t start out that way.”

    Really? Because I have thought that they were perfect for each other from Season 1, episode 14. All I have wanted from this show was for those two to get together and when Barney finally proposed I cried like a little baby (and I am a girl who doesn’t cry ever.)

    I don’t know this mother and at first I was like “this is her?” because she wasn’t what I was expecting, as I look at pictures of her I can totally see her and Ted together. I suppose only time will tell how that works though.

  • RabbitRabbit

    Correction, Robin was always a cigar smoking, scotch drinking, gun loving and all around bad ass since season 1

  • http://twitter.com/drdiabetic1 Ahmed Latif

    I totally expected it to be Amy Acker, i guess i got pretty close to guessing correctly

    • Samma

      Amy Acker was already on an episode (slept with Barney and did a rain dance) but otherwise she would have been amazing!

  • Samma

    She was also Abby Flynn on 30 Rock (the baby talk comedian on the run from her husband). I like her, though it’s funny how much she does look like Alison Hannigan.

  • hype

    Allison Hannigan’s semi-twin? This is what we watch 8 seasons for?!

  • http://twitter.com/YasthilMaharaj Yasthil Maharaj

    This was how we met the mother, so it seems all of next season will be the hours leading up to how Ted meets the mother.

  • http://twitter.com/matthew_bing mattperry

    What if Ted does end up with Robin, but cause she can’t have kids, they choose this chick to hold the babies, so she is the “mother” of the kids but not Ted’s wife!

    I know he says Aunt Robin but still…

    • http://how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/ Babar Suhail

      Let it go!

  • i1tabighug

    I hope Ted gives Robin the locket in the scene we’ve seen of the wedding where she’s freaking out thinking marrying Barney is the wrong idea, in ‘something old’ she said that the locket would be a symbol that she was doing the right thing, I hope that as much as Ted wants to give it her because he loves her and wants to make her happy that by giving her the symbol that its okay to marry Barney he can let her go and meet the mother

  • Nunny

    That episode was fantastic! She looks like a younger Lilly! I am
    Gutte we now have to wait so long for season 9!

  • 7Starrchasers

    thank you SO much for spoiling this episode…maybe next time you don’t say things like “Mother REVEALED” in the title?

    • PabloRuiz7

      Yeah, it’s difficult…technically, since the episode already aired you can’t consider it spoilers? But it hasn’t aired worldwide…Hypable shouldn’t have put in the headline. They should’ve written something like ‘Discuss the HUGE REVEAL’

      • 17jeda

        and others (not me) waiting for netflix release, people want to be suprised when they see her

    • Chelsea

      Maybe avoid the internet if you don’t want spoilers for shows? I mean, you realize this is their job right? To write about what’s going on in current fandoms…You probably complain when you check your twitter feed and get spoiled. It’s called being proactive if you’re trying to avoid spoilers. You can’t expect people who cover TV shows not to talk about what everyone wants to talk about right now, it’s how they make a living.

      • 7Starrchasers

        I did avoid the internet. if you want to read more scroll down.

    • Alyssamz

      If you actually follow this show you should know today was one of the only real options for us all to meet her.
      And since you didn’t remember that, you don’t follow it closely enough to complain.

      • HailWhedon

        Anything could happen in a TV show, so your argument is completely invalid. I wasn’t spoiled cause I watched the episode but I agree with @Shobi7:disqus…they have every right to be mad, this was a pretty big spoiler in the title.

    • http://twitter.com/CatherineSimone Cat Collins

      Welcome to the Internet. I’ll be your guide…

      Also you went on a website that focuses on fandoms…including How I Met Your Mother…and you went on a day or so after the episode aired…oh and keep in mind you went into the article to comment on it so I guess you kind of spoiled it for yourself even more…again welcome to the internet!

      • 7Starrchasers

        I’m on hypable a lot and so far they’ve never EVER put anything in the title that has spoiled any big reveal. So don’t talk to me like I’m 5, and this goes to everyone who replied, I can’t be bothered explaining myself to all of you.

        I didn’t read the article I quickly scrolled down, commented and then closed the page. Hypable ususally say’s “blah blah blah episode just aired! What did you think?” And this was something pretty big. For the people who are not so “PRIVILEGED” to live in the U.S and have to actually wait for it to air here, or however you choose to watch the show, it’s hard. I avoided tumblr, I avoided twitter and I avoided Facebook because of this. I never expected friggin Hypable to post something like this in the title, so excuse me if I’m mad. I have every right to be and everyone else who thinks otherwise can just IGNORE my comment and go on about how happy/sad/annoyed/unamused by the episode.

        If I want to vent, I’m allowed to. I just wanted to comment because goddangit I love this website and I don’t want to not come back because they can’t be a little more careful. It’s just the title, is that too much to ask? No i don’t believe so.

        • Jason

          No, you don’t have the right to be mad. You said you were “avoiding the internet” so why were you on Hypable? Aka A WEBSITE.

          • 7Starrchasers

            Becayse hypable has never spoiled anything for me before…and I didn’t expect them to do so =)

          • http://twitter.com/CatherineSimone Cat Collins

            Of course you are totally allowed to vent and be mad just like I’m allowed to reply. For me, it seems a bit silly to have tried avoiding certain websites for fear of spoilers but then go on a website celebrating certain fandoms. Not saying you shouldn’t be annoyed but you should be more aware of potential spoilers that can be one websites likes this.

          • 7Starrchasers

            Yeah but honestly why would I expect them to spoil it in the title, when they havent before you know?… Every time theres an episode of say GoT, and I haven’t seen it yet, I always avoid the post and its fine because its not like it said, (SPOILER) “Final episode of GoT AIRED! What did you think of Ned Starks Death??” I guess I wish they hadn’t said “mother REVEALED” in the title…because honestly I wasn’t sure if they would or NOT in the episode, thats the whole point of the show. Since I knew she was revealed I wasn’t at all excited to see her….even though I saw her for the first time watching it…anyway I hope hypable avoids spoilers in their titles in the future.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    My official opinion is that I am very underwhelmed and disappointed. They’re been hyping up this moment for 9 years, and it fell completely flat. Nothing against the actress (and her distracting likeness to Alyson Hannigan), it just didn’t work for me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1128995453 Lauren Spellman

      I think the point is that it isn’t who the mother is, it’s how Ted met her. While it’s great to finally see her, the real “hyped” up moment that the show is going for is when Ted looks up and sees her and you KNOW that Ted has finally met the mother. I’m not disappointed because this isn’t the big moment we’ve been waiting for.

  • DoyleHolmesFan

    He called her Aunt Robin in the Pilot….and it’s about time we met the mother. This show has been on 1-2 seasons too long.

  • John Dorrian

    This show is so depressing. It’s like: I’m gonna talk your ears off about how me and Robin should have ended up together and then I met your mom.

    • Carilyn

      Well I think the whole point is that if Ted hadn’t been so attached to Robin he never would have met and gotten with the mother. It prevented him getting too deep into other relationships over the years, and now Ted feeling the need to get away from Robin to go to Chicago so soon after the big wedding is how he meets her in the first place. Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end :)

  • Rose

    I’ve seen her in Once, love her!

  • Superjim

    “…was convinced Robin was the mother until Ted dropped “Aunt Robin” for the first time”

    So….untill the end of the FIRST EVER episode then? That’s when he refers to her as Aunt Robin for the first time.

  • Chris Brown

    Anyone else remember her as Abby Flynn on 30 Rock?

  • LegendaryLola

    Well, it might be that Barney and Robin will not be together, cause Ted and Robin story isn’t end. Remember that Barney didn’t come to help Robin with her issues in “Something old”, but Ted came cause he recognized that something was wrong. Ted also said to his kids in episode when Robin found out that she couldn’t have kids – “And kids, aunt Robin never had her kids, but she loved you as her own” (smth like this). Why he didn’t tell that Robin loved Ted’s kids and Marvin like her own? :D Maybe Ted and Robin will live together, or Barney and Robin will divorce…
    I don’t want Barney to marry Robin! :(

  • SonickedYou

    She looks adorable, and we don’t even know her name. But I can just imagine her and Ted being so perfect together. The architect prodigy and the bass playing-badass. Argh, accio September!

  • Sydne

    While this episode made me terribly sad and nostalgic, I still thought it was a phenomenal finale. I just don’t really want Ted to give Robin the locket at any point, I feel like Lily should or he just shouldn’t mention it or really ANYTHING else. Frankly, I’ve gotten a bit tired of the constant back-and-forth of romantic feelings between Robin and Ted, but only because they’ve put it to rest so many times only to bring it back out again. There have been so many times that Ted has had a huge revelation and realized that he isn’t supposed to be with Robin. Also, Barney mentioned in his proposal that Ted had given them his blessing when he told Robin about the fake proposal. It just keeps coming back up, and the locket is only going to make it worse. And that might have been okay if we weren’t in the final season, but we are. I firmly believe that Robin and Barney are perfect for each other, and since we know that Ted’s about the meet the mother I think it’s fairly obvious that he and Robin won’t end up together. So again, the locket thing wouldn’t have bothered me so much if this was 4 seasons ago and this was Ted giving his blessing to Robin and Barney and their future happiness and him finally giving up on his love for her — but it’s not. That’s happened many times before, and maybe it’s my love for all the characters that makes me not want them to have to go through that again. I’m sure it will all turn out perfectly fine in the end and I won’t have any complaints because really this is an amazing TV show, but it just worries me and makes me slightly agitated. Ah well.

  • Sydne

    ALSO: it was mentioned a few episodes back that Robin has a sister, which I can’t remember ever having been mentioned before. I think I would quite like to meet her, so this is my written prediction that we will, next season. It may be obvious, but I certainly am excited for it.

    • http://how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/ Babar Suhail

      We have already seen Robin’s sister in Season 2 episode “First Time in New York”.

  • erse

    whewilln season 8 be released for netflix?

  • pickypicky

    The first time I saw the mother, I thought it was quite disappointing; but the more I look at her and the more I think about her and Ted together, the more I think that she’s just adorable and the more I think they’re suited to each other!

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