How I Met Your Mother season 9 will be the comedy’s final outing. The adventures of Ted Mosby, Marshall Eriksen, Lily Aldrin, Barney Stinson, and Robin Sherbatsky are winding down to an end.

This season is set to take place all in one crazy wedding weekend. Barney and Robin (BRObin) are finally getting married.

Or are they? Below are some questions that still have yet to be answered before the series comes to a close this year.

What exactly is Barney’s occupation?

Throughout the whole series of HIMYM, Barney has never answered anyone when asked what he does for a living. Because Barney boasts owning a jumbo wall-size television, a replica Stormtrooper costume, and at least 100 of the best made suits, all of his friends wonder how he is so rich. In all honesty, Barney probably makes more money than all of the gang combined. By the end of the show, will we find out what Barney does for a living?

Verdict: Ha. Please.

Will the last slap be dealt?

Early on in the show Barney and Marshall made a bet about Robin’s past. After he won, Marshall was able to slap Barney five times over any amount of time. Marshall was later rewarded more slaps once Barney lost yet another bet. With Marshall dealing them out every so often, only two slaps remain. Will we get to see Barney get what he deserves?

Verdict: At least one slap is scheduled to take place this season. Check out for a countdown to the slap’s exact date.

Will Barney and Robin end up getting married?

Just because the season will be taking place around the wedding doesn’t mean that Barney or Robin will go through with his/her decision. Barney showed many signs last season that he was not even remotely ready to get married. Also, Ted might start to show feelings for Robin once more if he goes into another Robin-Relapse. What will happen in the end to BRobin? Will we find out the end to their love story?

Verdict: Yes, I really do think that the couple will get married and Ted will let go. We will definitely find out the end to their story.

Will Marshall and Lily move to Italy?

Last season left off with Marshall and Lily making a tough decision for their future. Lily was offered a trip to go to Rome as The Captain’s art consultant. Marshall convinced her to take the job even though she already told The Captain “no” twice. Will the couple decide to move away from their friends and family for a whole year?

Verdict: I personally don’t think that the couple should move because I like the gang all together in New York. Without a doubt, though, we will find out whether they plan to move come next May.

Will Marshall become a lawyer?

As if Marshall and Lily’s decision to move to Italy wasn’t tough enough, Marshall was given the opportunity to become a judge. Because he has switched firms many times, Marshall has been down a rough path with his job as a lawyer. Now his dream job opens up for him and he might not be able to take it because of the trip to Rome. Will Marshall follow his dreams of becoming a lawyer?

Verdict: In my opinion, Marshall should take the job. He can always take Lily on vacation to Rome with all of his new money.

What is the mother’s name?

The big reveal of the mother (Cristin Milioti) at the end of last season got the audience in a huge commotion. The few things that the audience knows about the mother right now are that she plays guitar, paints pictures of robots playing sports, and carries a yellow umbrella. We don’t even know the girl’s name yet, for crying out loud. Will we learn the character’s name on the show?

Verdict: I think the chances are high for this one. Ted can’t just call this girl “the mother” even if the name fits Barney’s favorite line, “Daddy’s home.”

Will we get to know the mother?

A big problem with getting to know the mother is that many fans will be let down. Sure, Ted might think that his wife is cute, funny, and adorable, but will the audience? After eight years of building up to this infallible woman, many fans may be expecting too much. Is the mother funny? Does she like “sandwiches”? Is she a Star Wars fan? How much will we get to know about the mother?

Verdict: Cristin Milioti is now a series regular for season 9 of HIMYM. The audience should get used to seeing her around even if she isn’t quite with Ted yet.

Will Ted’s kids be named?

It’s funny to think that in eight years of the show older Ted has only called his kids “kids.” At this point, neither of Ted’s kid’s names are known. What we do know is that Ted wanted his son and daughter to be named Luke and Leia after the Star Wars characters. Will the kids be stuck with their names because of their dad’s obsession, or will we find out the kid’s real names?

Verdict: Whether on a first date or during a flash forward, there is a fair chance that Ted will discuss names for their kids with his wife.

In summary…

What do you think about the gang maybe splitting apart? Are you happy with the love stories between everyone? Are there any unanswered questions that you are dying to know? We will all just have to wait to find out what happens in the final season of How I Met Your Mother which starts Monday, September 23.

After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”