What do Monday nights, suits, and 56 hours all have in common? The long-anticipated ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM), which premieres tonight on CBS. This season will span the 56 hours before Barney and Robin’s wedding, and will tie up many loose ends within the show.
It may seem odd to have an entire season cover such a short timespan, but cocreator Carter Bays has promised that, in addition to the run-up to the wedding, "you're seeing things from 10 years ago, from five years ago, two years ago, two years in the future, 10 years in the future." Season eight left the audiences with a brief glimpse of the mother (Cristin Militoti), and her infamous yellow umbrella, on her way to get a ticket to Farhampton. According to Bays, in this season, "we get to tell all the stories about [the mother] we want to tell. We get to get to know her and explore that part of the show." Writers were originally planning on ending the show after eight seasons, introducing the mother in the finale. Instead, season nine will allow viewers to explore why it took Ted Mosby so many years to meet his wonderful wife. Each character will encounter the mother separately, ending with Ted, giving viewers the satisfaction and backstory they've long awaited.
In addition to focusing on the mother, this season will develop the characters and relationships we already know and love. The first three episodes will explore the quest for Robin's "something old" locket. As Robin becomes more involved in her wedding plans and Ted meets his future wife, the relationship between Ted and Robin is bound to be examined. Robin and Barney’s families will be introduced and interact before the wedding. The issues of Rome and Marshall’s new judgeship will become a focus for Marshall and Lily. Robin and Barney will, of course, get married, but doubts will arise. If we're lucky, the ninth season will both square away all of the above, and finally give Ted the fairytale life he's earned after so much heartbreak. (Unfortunately, even with all that exposition, we will never find out what happened to the pineapple.)
HIMYM is extremely relatable, and has become ingrained in my life. I cannot wait to see tonight's episode, "The Locket," even though I can only imagine how I'll feel once this show is over. Will you be watching tonight's premiere? Let us know in the comments!