Now here’s where we peek out of the in-show world and consider pesky things like season renewals and the creators’ vision for the show’s end. The show has been picked up through season 8 and looks like it will continue at least to season 9. Bays and Thomas have emphasized that they have no desire to set a concrete end date, and then work within those constraints, the way that Lost did.
However, at this year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, they did say that they have a plan in place regarding The Mother. ”We have it worked out,” said Bays. “We know what the end-game of the series.” Furthermore, they said that once they determine what the final season is, they will announce that so fans know it going in.
AOL TV wheedled a little more info about The Mother out of Carter Bays recently. When asked how they’d structured out the next two years, he replied,
It’s not up to us to say how well we’re [revealing] it, but we have all the information. We’re not dropping hints that we don’t know [the answer to]. With something like the goat, we don’t know [what the entire story is there] and that’s just a fun writer’s game for us because we have to figure out how to do a goat story.
The bigger stuff –the how and the where and the when of [the mother] — we know all that. We don’t have the exact time frame, we know that it’s probably two years, maybe three years, maybe four years. It’s somewhere in that ballpark, so we do need to figure out how quickly or slowly we reveal the information that needs to be revealed and how quickly we have the dominos fall that lead you to that event.
It’s comforting to hear that the creators aren’t just flying by the seat of their pants this late into the game. It’s difficult to imagine that their reveal will satisfy all the fans who have spent over half a decade theorizing about the identity of a fictional character, but I trust them to end the show logically and in a way that credits the fabulous pilot.
Alternatively, can’t it just be Robin?