It wasn’t that long ago when it was revealed that Carter Bays had said today at the TCA winter tour that How I Met Your Mother could continue after meeting the titular Mother. Now, in a very interesting development, Bays and Thomas have said that the Mother’s reveal could happen extremely soon, and then afterwards, the series would be retitled, relaunched, and continue to air all-new episodes.
TV Line were one of the few reporters invited to a lunch today with the co-creators of the hit CBS comedy, and when asked about life for the series after the Mother is indeed met, the creators had something incredibly groundbreaking to say. Carter Bays says that a spinoff has came up where the series could live after the Mother has been met, allowing them to bring a satisfying conclusion to the mystery at the end of Season 8, and then relaunch the series “with a slightly tweaked premise and title (i.e. What Happened After I Met Your Mother)”.
“We’ve had conversations about rewinding back to 2005 and doing a series called How I Met Your Father, from the perspective of what was happening with the Mother all those years. Occasionally, she’ll stumble through McLaren’s and no one will see her,” said co-creat Craig Thomas.
Bays said another idea that also involved going backwards. “One way to go is to finish the [mother] story at the end of Season 8, and then Season 9 is, ‘Oh, by the way kids, I left some stuff out…And then it’s just 24 little stories that took place over the course of the series here and there. Like, ‘Here’s something funny that happened in 2006.”
It’ll be interesting to see just what exactly Bays and Thomas have planned for the next year, especially since they have a secured to stay on the air through May 2013. What happens after that is completely left up in the air. But, we’ll keep you updated with any plans the duo, 20th Century Fox, or CBS decides to reveal in the future.
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8PM on CBS.