In this weekâ€™s How I Met Your Mother, Barney struggles with finding the perfect suit for his wedding while Robin remains panic free, and viewers are offered a glimpse of The Mosbys as an old married couple.
My advice for all the HIMYM fans out there is in the immortal words of Barney Stinson: â€œWait for it.â€
â€œVesuviusâ€ has caused a lot of people, myself included, to panic about just how the show will end. Ever since Tedâ€™s monologue at the end of season eightâ€™s episode â€œTime Travelersâ€ there have been people who have suggested that the reason Ted sits his children down in 2030 and tells them of how he met their mother is because she has died.
Hereâ€™s the monologue that began fansâ€™ speculation:
â€œHiâ€¦ Iâ€™m Ted Mosby. In exactly 45 days from now you and I are going to meet and weâ€™re going to fall in love and weâ€™re going to get married and weâ€™re going to have two kids and weâ€™re going to love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away, but Iâ€™m here now I guess becauseâ€¦ I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. Look and if I canâ€™t have them Iâ€™ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, becauseâ€¦ I love you. Iâ€™m always going to love you, til the end of my days and beyond. Youâ€™ll see.â€
Ted wanting those extra 45 days with the love of his life seems like â€œClassic Schmosbyâ€ due to his history of being a hopeless romantic, until he mentions how heâ€™ll love her â€œtil the end of my days and beyond.â€ The inclusion of â€œbeyondâ€ and how The Mother has never been shown in any flash-forwards after 2030 is the basis for â€œThe Mother is Deadâ€ theory.
This weekâ€™s episode only increased speculation by hinting that by 2024 that The Mother may be suffering from a terminal illness. At the end of â€œVesuvius,â€ Future Ted recalls that Robinâ€™s mother actually ends up surprising Robin and is able to attend the wedding. What happens next is one of the more emotional scenes of the episode.
Ted: â€œAnd that’s the story right down to the surprise ending.â€
The Mother: â€œThatâ€™s not really such a surprise! I mean, come onâ€¦ yeah, of course she showed up. What mother is gonna miss her daughter’s wedding?â€
*Ted begins crying*
The Mother: â€œOh hey…no… Come on.â€
Ted: â€œIt’s okay, Iâ€™m fine. Iâ€™m okay.â€
This final scene seems to be leaning towards a dark foreshadowing to the showâ€™s conclusion. I personally do not want to give â€œThe Mother is Deadâ€ theory any credence and hope Craig and Carter favor a happier ending for Ted and his family. Viewers have waited eight years to meet The Mother and she has wonderfully been integrated this season, itâ€™d be horrible to have her be dead at the end of the series. The writers have said that there is a twist ending to the seriesâ€™ conclusion, but at this point is pretty blatant what their intentions are. This much foreshadowing makes it too obvious, so it is possible this is just another curveball thrown in the viewersâ€™ way.
Â· Â Â Â Â Â The chemistry between Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti is absolutely phenomenal. These are the longest scenes weâ€™ve seen them together. From how Radnor gazes at Milioti to the way she kisses his hand, there is an undeniable spark between these two.
Â· Â Â Â Â Â Have Ted and The Mother vacationed anywhere else besides the Farhampton Inn? We know that this is were they meet in 2013, went on vacation there in 2014 (â€œComing Backâ€), where they got engaged in 2015 (â€œThe Lighthouseâ€), where The Mother goes into labor with their second child, Luke, in 2017 (â€œUnpauseâ€), and visit again in 2024 (â€œVesuviusâ€).
Â· Â Â Â Â Â I love how â€œThe Wedding Bride/Tooâ€ is a way for the writers to spoof that show and the cast themselves. The Narshall cake scene is a reference to Jason Segel when he mentioned HIMYM in the movie â€œThis Is The End.â€
What They Said
Barney: â€œWhat, so this is gonna be, like, a thing now? Yeah, It’s gonna be a thing now, Narshall. Right? Narshall.â€
Ted: â€œDude, settle down, Swarley.â€
Marshall: â€œYeah. Yeah, Swarleze Theron, take it easy.â€
Barney: â€œMan, this was supposed to be my special day.â€
Ted: â€œItâ€™s a suit thatâ€™s never been worn before, a suit you never dreamed youâ€™d wear. All of this suitâ€™s memories are still ahead of it. Picture it. [â€¦] She walks down the aisle, you say your vows, you go to the reception, you have your first dance, and before you know it – just like magic – you realize: itâ€™s a perfect fit.â€
Barney: â€œYouâ€™re right, Ted. This is the oneâ€
Future Ted: â€œBut?â€
The Mother: â€œYouâ€™re the love of my life, Pooh bear. I just worry about you. I donâ€™t want you to be the guy who lives in his stories. Life only moves forward.â€
Will Ted and The Mother live happily ever after? Let me know in the comments.
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays 8/7c on CBS.
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