‘How I Met Your Mother’: The Reveal of All Reveals


Whoop, there she is!

After eight years of waiting, and waiting, and waiting for her anticipated arrival, How I Met Your Mother fans finally got a glimpse of the woman who will make hopeless romantic Ted Mosby’s (Josh Radnor) happily ever after come true.

In the the few final seconds of the mostly-mediocre season finale, the woman walks up to a Long Island Railroad ticket booth to purchase a ticket to the fictional Farhampton, the very location where Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) are set to say “I do.”

While it wasn’t spelled out that this was the one-and-only future Mrs. Ted Mosby, there was one telltale sign that any HIMYM buff would spot a mile away: she was totting the bright-yellow umbrella. That’s the singular signature accessory that Ted, through his years of long-winded narration to his children, has set up as the woman’s key identifier.

And alas, there’s reason for us HIMYM loyalists to rejoice — as the mother is someone we’ve never seen before. The titular character is played by Cristin Milioti, best known for her Tony-nominated performance in as “Girl” in the Broadway musical, Once. So let’s take a moment to give thanks that it wasn’t some past play-out love, like cupcake baker Victoria, “Slutty Pumpkin” Noami, left-him-at-the-altar Stella, college student Cindy, or the one-time trophy wife Zoey.

Now we finally have the answer to HIMYM’s most major question as the series heads into its ninth and final season, but we’re still left wondering: Why was the mother shown before the final season? When will Ted actually come face-to-face with his bride-to-be? Why wasn’t Robin the mother after all?

Well, the co-creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, took on some of these question marks in a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly. But as to how the series will be all wrapped up after all the build up, we’ll just have to wait to tune in when HIMYM returns. Let’s just hope it’s legend—we’ve waited too long for this—dary.