Yes, Cristin Milioti, who appeared in the final scene of Monday’s “How I Met Your Mother” season finale, is indeed “The Mother.”
And, yes, next season–the show’s ninth and final one–will focus exclusively on Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend.
Though “How I Met Your Mother” has a habit of stringing viewers along, it also has a reputation for being honest when it reveals big twists. As such, there was no reason to doubt Monday’s reveal that “The Girl with the Yellow Umbrella,” played by Cristin Milioti, was “The Mother,” Future Ted’s wife.
But even if there was doubt, CBS was quick to dispel it by pushing the hashtag “#wemetthemother” on Twitter. The company confirmed the same in a press release Tuesday, which also featured comments from creator Carter Bays.
“It was a pretty big umbrella to fill, casting the title role in a series that’s been on the air for eight years,” says Carter Bays, Executive Producer and Co-Creator of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. “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. And to all the fans, on behalf of all of us writers, cast and crew: Thank you for sticking with us on this wild journey.”
Regarding ninth season plans, Bays confirmed rumors that the entire season will focus primarily (if not exclusively) on Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend, during which Ted finally meets Cristin Milioti’s character.
“Our ninth season will tell the epic story of the longest wedding weekend ever. We hope you like it. Next stop, Farhampton,” says Bays.