Did The Mother from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Debunk a Popular Finale Theory?

By March 10, 2014

There are just a few episodes left in the final season of “How I Met Your Mother,” and the most recent episode seemed to indicate that one particularly crazy – but plausible – theory might actually come true. The theory? Well, some people think that the mother (played by Cristin Milioti) has been dead the whole time, and that’s why Ted (Josh Radnor/the voice of Bob Saget) is telling their kids this story.

That wild theory was recently strengthened by the bittersweet conversation an older Ted and his future bride were having at their honeymoon location, which seemed to imply that the mother wouldn’t be around to see her kids get married. But Milioti might have put the kibosh on those thoughts.

Speaking with THR, the actress was asked about that theory and replied, “That’s insane. There are some crazy conspiracy theories, which really makes me love the fans more… That is so crazy.” But she does call the finale “beautiful” and adds, “[Series creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas] had this vision for nine years, and it’s in great hands. They know exactly what they want to do.”

How I Met Your Mother - Sad Old Ted

Milioti could just as easy be lying, but we’re betting that last week’s touching episode was probably a red herring, mostly because fans would be in an absolute uproar if that turned out to be the ending. It would be bold, and I would applaud the effort, but this is CBS, and I don’t think the show will go that dark.

Of course, another plausible explanation could be that maybe Ted is dying and maybe this story to his kids is being told by someone reading his recounting of meeting their mother as part of his will. That’s another admittedly extreme theory, but it would explain why Ted has the voice of Bob Saget in the future.

We’ll find out soon enough with just four episodes left in the final season. “How I Met Your Mother” airs on CBS at 8pm ET on Mondays. And stay tuned for more details on “How I Met Your Dad” with Greta Gerwig, too.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Roy J Evans

    This is so sad to hear from a show that has brought such great gales of laughter through the years. Let’s hope not.