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'How I Met Your Mother' finally reveals the mother

Season 8 ends with Ted's future wife, and who it is may surprise you

By Mekeisha Madden Toby May 14, 2013 12:15PM


ICYMI: This post includes details from the "How I Met Your Mother" Season 8 finale.


After eight seasons, fans of the hit CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother," finally know who the mother is. It's actress Cristin Milioti, who appeared at the tail end of the show's Season 8 finale Monday night.


Identified only as "The Girl With the Yellow Umbrella," Milioti will play a major part in the final season of "How I Met Your Mother," when the sitcom returns next fall, CBS confirmed. For weeks, fans have been speculating about who the mother would be, drawing from a long list of guest stars who have appeared on the show, including pop star Britney Spears.


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Milioti is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the stage production of "Once," and her turn as "sexy baby" writer Abby Flynn on the "30 Rock" episode, "TGS Hates Women." Best of all, fans can't have any preconceived notions about what kind of woman she is because Ted (Josh Radnor) hasn't met her yet. A closing montage showed everyone en route to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin's (Cobie Smulders) wedding, but Milioti's character wasn't introduced to anyone other than the audience.


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"It was a pretty big umbrella to fill, casting the title role in a series that's been on the air for eight years," said Carter Bays, the co-creator and executive producer behind "HIMYM," in a statement. "And yet Cristin Milioti is, against all odds, exactly what we were looking for. She made us laugh on '30 Rock,' she made us swoon in 'Once,' and her ukulele skills are no joke. We're thrilled to welcome her to the 'How I Met Your Mother' family, and look forward to getting to know her -- and the character she plays -- much better in the coming final season."


Rumors have been swirling that the whole season will play out in real time. Bays didn't confirm or deny this but said Season 9 will, "tell the epic story of the longest wedding weekend ever" and that he and co-creator and executive producer, Craig Thomas will, "take some risks with time."


"How I Met Your Mother" returns for its ninth and final season this fall on CBS.  

Aug 31, 2013 2:16PM
The "Mother" should have been Victoria... That character stands far above all the other potential "mother" characters I have seen in following the show nightly through syndication. (I have never seen a first run episode in fact lol) 
May 15, 2013 5:30AM
I'm 14 years old and I just absolutely love this show. It's sad that it's coming to an end, but after all this time we finally get to find out who Teds wife is. I wonder what her name will be in the show?
May 14, 2013 9:15PM
I'm guessing that she's Robin's sister.  Not only does it maintain the destiny theme, but it makes sense: narrative Ted, while talking to his kids on the couch, often refers to Barney and Robin as their (in this case, literal) Uncle and Aunt.
May 14, 2013 5:39PM
Show is great but nobody cares, just like nobody cared about neighbors one never saw in 60's sitcoms.  There is beauty in mystery.
May 14, 2013 5:30PM
May 14, 2013 4:35PM
May 14, 2013 3:30PM

Yup we have been guessing for years too....

But we had fun enjoying the show also; Not worrying when she was finally going to show up..

We were reliving our younger years..Can't get all bent out of shape about that..


Same with "Lost", I called Purgatory after about 6 months..

And "The Search for Spock"...Who would have ever guessed...?

Life is too short, to frazzle yourself over a Movie or TV show..

Have some Fun..

May 14, 2013 3:09PM
I got turned off by this show because they just kept leading and leading on and never delivered....all I got to say is ITS ABOUT TIME!
May 14, 2013 2:43PM
Maybe he and the "mother" can like get into wife swapping with Robin and Barney...oh and Marshall and Lily. I'd pay good money to see a movie in a few years where they all go on a hilarious Hawaiian adventure and get busy with each other's spouses. Kind of like a cross between American Reunion, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice.
May 14, 2013 2:42PM
I was sure it would be cancelled before we knew.
May 14, 2013 2:34PM
I always hoped it would end... period
May 14, 2013 2:28PM
I always hoped he would end up with Robin.
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