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'How I Met Your Mother' Creator Craig Thomas Says Season 8 Possibly Show's Last

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 19th 2011 9:30AM
'HIMYM' castSo, after six seasons we still don't know who is the mother of Ted's kids, but now we do know that all will be revealed before the end of 'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8.

Creator and executive producer Craig Thomas told 'TV Guide' that the upcoming Season 7 will offer answers and even more changes for the 'HIMYM' gang. He also let slip that there will (probably) be only two more seasons left for the comedy.

"All of our contracts are up after [Season] 8," he said, "So we're preparing for that to possibly be the end. As long as we know that a year from now, that's fine. But if we don't, then that's a problem!"

He added that "We know exactly the ending minute or two of Season 7. It's going to take place in the future at that wedding day and we're going to end Season 7 there. It's going to be something! And we'll also end with a baby being born and then head into 8. And maybe there'll be more."

Thomas confirmed some juicy tidbits about Season 7 -- Robin gets a new love interest (played by Kal Penn), Marshall gets his dream job and a new boss (Martin Short) and Ted gets to be a hotshot architect.

He also revealed that Barney will get married -- "It's not the smoothest wedding day, but it's epic ... truly epic" -- and how the comedy will trace the path taken to the altar by the defiantly single Barney. "That's Season 7 -- how he gets to that church, puts on that tuxedo and ends up moments away from marrying somebody."

So will 'HIMYM' really end after Season 8? A lot at CBS is riding on what happens with the new Charlie Sheen-less 'Two and a Half Men.' Should the Ashton Kutcher version prove unpopular with audiences CBS may want to keep the ever-dependable 'HIMYM' on the air for an extra season or two while it develops a replacement.

CBS renewed 'HIMYM' for two additional seasons back in March and at the time Thomas's co-creator, Carter Bays hinted that they could be persuaded to continue beyond eight seasons if it felt right.

Bays told AOL TV's Maureen Ryan that "Right now we're contracted to go through Season 8, and at that point, there is every chance that that's the end of 'How I Met Your Mother.' If that's the case, then that's our end point."

But, he added, "we are open to doing this as long as we feel we have stories to tell, and, of equal importance, as long as people want to watch it. If it still feels exciting going into a Season 9, then we'll keep doing it."

'How I Met Your Mother' Season 7 premieres Monday Sept. 19, 8PM ET on CBS.

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Purdone2008

When is how I met your mother going to be funny again?

May 14 2012 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nafees Rawji

It has gone on too long, I use to love this show but it should have ended after season 4. It is all the same now days.

February 20 2012 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
daindra.wisaksono

NOOO DOOONTTT

December 18 2011 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tomoyaaverett

i love this show so much and think they should really continue it, i'm hoping that Barney's mystery wife is Robin so fingers crossed!

December 08 2011 at 9:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rini1946

To tell you what I hate about the show is all the darn commercials. So these people can make 1 million dollar a show we have to watch about 15 minutes of comercials. I am getting older and by the time the commercials are over with I forget what show I am watching..

July 19 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kukboyce

Good Riddance!!!!!

July 19 2011 at 7:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Princess

Good GOD rellisburg calm down. ONE person made a negative comment about homosexuality and you go on a HATE filled rant on religion? Can you say hypocrite? And for your information this is still the United States of American and people have a right to their opinions like it or not. I personally like Neil Patrick and think he is both a serious and funny actor……..But not everyone is going to like him….so what? Does he care? But to go on a rant about HATE when if you reread you own post will see that YOU too have HATE in your heart. Let it go, move on.

July 19 2011 at 6:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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rellisburg

Agreed! Sorry i may be many things but i hate no one, even the people that write the stuff that makes me crazy. Again sorry.

July 20 2011 at 8:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

Should have ended 7 seasons ago.

July 19 2011 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hau56ch

Thank goodness. I though season 7 should be the last. Barney's the only character that drives the show and it has gone about as far as it can go. How I met your second mother will make a great sequel.

July 19 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rellisburg

OMG! THERE'S A hOMOSEXUAL ON TV! wHAT WILL WE DO THE WORLD MUST BE COMMING TO AN END! LOSERS ! iS this what your great god has taught you? Hatred ? What an awful god that must be, how black your hearts must be, how evil your minds surely are and on a political level how ANTI- AMERICAN YOU MUST BE TO HATE A FELLOW CITIZEN IF AMERICA IS SO BAD FOR YOU ALL SIMPLY BECAUSE PEOPLE OTHER THAN YOURSELVES WOULD LIKE TO ENJOY FREEDOM THEN BY ALL MEANS LEAVE AMERICA AND TAKE YOUR HATE WITH YOU!

July 19 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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