'HIMYM' exclusive: The Mother at long last revealed?!

For once, I’m probably not jerking your chain with that title.

How I Met Your Mother co-creator Carter Bays tells me that the sitcom’s central mystery is about to be solved. Or rather, resolved. At least kinda-sorta.

“At the end of the season, we will address the title of our show,” reveals Bays, adding that the last four episodes will feature “big events in the lives of our characters — specifically Ted (Josh Radnor). We’re going to wrap up some things that have been left dangling.”

Translation: I think the M-bomb’s about to be dropped!

Bays wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the revelation (i.e. will the mom actually be ID’d?) or how it might figure into this season’s cliffhanger. “But I will say at the very least that the season will end with a complete sentence,” he teases. “We’ve left some sentence fragments dangling in past seasons, but this year, there will either be a period, a question mark or an exclamation point. We will be giving the audience that.”

Thoughts on what that sentence could be? Do you think we’ll actually meet the mother or just learn more about her? Are you happy the show is getting back to its primary conceit? Sound off below!

Oh, and for more on what lies ahead on your favorite shows, check out this Thursday’s Ask Ausiello, as well as my spoilerific Spring Preview cover story in the next issue of EW (on sale Friday).

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  • Rachel

    That thought is at once AWESOME and AWFUL. This doesn’t mean they’re starting to tie up the show, does it? I don’t ever want this show to end!!
    And they need to work on Barney & Robin WAY more than Ted!!

  • rockgolf

    — dary.

  • rockgolf

    Relax, Rachel, HIWYM (as well as Big Bang) are being renewed for the next TWO years! EW reported that earlier today. The season finale will be legen- wait for it —

  • Joann

    Will we ever get the story about the goat in the bathroom?

  • Josie

    Forget the mother! What I want to is if the Slap Bet story line going to be continued? Marshall has two more to give!

  • reina

    sentence will be “i’m pregnant!” or “are you pregnant?” heh.

  • Lizzy

    I really hope the mother ties back to old mystery women Ted never met or met but missed in passing like Slutty Pumpkin or the soulmate the Matchmaker found in the First Season

  • drella66

    I could care less if we ever meet the mother. Ted is the worst part of the show!

    • jain

      i totally agree!! barney is 10 times cooler

    • Nikki

      Oh come on, he’s not that dull. True Barney is funner to watch, (I mean really, who doesn’t love Neil?) but Ted is basically why the show has a hook.

  • Helen

    This is kind of awfsome (not a typo- watch the show people). Like, I actually don’t care that much about the mother. I care way more about brOTP and the goat and stuff, and actually the idea of meeting the mother sucks because it sort of means that the show is gonna end (nnnoooooooo) But I like the idea of Ted getting a non-suckish story line. Lately he seems kind of– pointless? Idk, I never cared about Stella (except for the fact that she might know the mother– see Ten Sessions) but I do want to know who it is. I kind of hope that ted says, and that’s how I met your mother, the season ends and the next season starts with the kids yelling- what? But she hated you/is dead/lives in Norway. Or is that just me……..well, anything is possimpible.

  • kelly

    $20 says the question at the end is ” Will You Marry Me ? ” and we never see her face.

    • kelly.is.wrong

      no way. I’ll take that bet.

  • SKR

    This doesnt have anything to do with the mother, they are going to tie up the Barney/Robin story.

  • patty

    I don’t wanna know!!!cus I never want it to end. This is really the best “FRIENDS” ensemble show I have ever seen, funny, well written, not to cliche….I was always hoping it was Robin, but oh well.

  • ea

    I hope we find out where the Pineapple came from.

    • steven

      YES!!!! So true

  • Diane

    I don’t want HIMYM to end so I hope they don’t introduce the mother for a LONG time.

  • TurnOfTheLight

    I don’t care about the mother. I don’t even like Ted, he is the most annoying character on the show [for me]. go Barney:]]]

    • Nikki

      Well that’s lame. I’m all for Barney too, but Ted’s the reason the show can even come together.

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