How Pissed Would We All Be If It Turns Out The HIMYM Mother Was Dead The Whole Time?

Lily meeting the Mother in season 9 of How I Met Your MotherOh my god you guys. I can’t decide if this How I Met Your Mother rumor is more hilarious or infuriating, so I need your help to figure it out.

As we all know, HIMYM is currently in its ninth (!!!) and final season, with only five (or four, depending on your sources) episodes remaining of the whole show. And if I’m being honest, this is where my intimate knowledge of the show fails, because I bailed on it a few years ago, when I ran out of A. Netflix episodes and B. patience. But I was just cruising around the internet and discovered that there’s a theory about the fate of the mother that’s been gaining quite a bit of traction, and I’m officially breaking my hiatus to talk about it.

So here it is — the Mother has been dead the whole time. HEAR ME OUT. It’s a theory that Jason Segel first aired in a GQ interview in 2010, where he said he told the producers he thought that was the reason Ted has been telling his kids this long, drawn-out story. Fans have grabbed onto it since then, pointing out a variety of clues that indicate it might be true. And here they are, courtesy of Jezebel:

  • In an episode from last year called ‘Time Travelers’, Ted delivers the following speech, RICH WITH PORTENTS:

    “Exactly 45 days from now, you and I are going to meet. We’re going to fall in love and we’re going to get married, and we’re going to have two kids. We’re going to love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away, but I’m here now, I guess because I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them…I am always going to love you. Until the end of my days and beyond.”

  • In any scene that takes place after 2030, not only does the Mother never appear, but she’s never referred to in the present tense.
  • At the show’s final table read, Alyson Hannigan tweeted out a picture of herself surrounded by tissues, suggesting that episode’s subject matter is particularly difficult.

And finally there was the mighty might hint in last night’s episode, which took place in 2024, the latest we’ve ever seen the Mother appear. They’re already married at that point, and Ted tells the story about Robin’s mother showing up to her wedding to Barney. At which point the Mother says any mother would want to be at her daughter’s wedding, and Ted promptly BURSTS INTO TEARS.

And then the Mother told him to pull himself together, stop living in his stories, and move on with his life. Guys. I think this is really happening. Which means you might have all listened to a guy talk about his future wife for NINE YEARS…only to have the show kill her off less than five episodes after they actually get together.

That’s so brutal that I almost have to laugh. Jeez.

(Photo: CBS)

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    • ola

      OH. MY. GOD.

    • isabella

      i’ve heard this theory a while ago and honestly it would’ve been the most amazing ending if the spoilers didn’t get out. HIMYM isn’t just a comedy show but a heartfelt show too so that would just tie it all together

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Is Ted’s own mother alive on the show? Maybe she dies if his wife doesn’t.
      Honestly, as sad as it would be to kill off the mother, it would make total sense. Just don’t put Robin and Ted together because gross.

    • Amy

      I remember when I watched The Time Travelers episode mentioned above, and when Ted delivered that speech, I just started bawling cause it convinced me the mother is dead. Kudos to the writers if this really was their endgame all along cause it was not a thought that I had until that ending speech of a SEASON 7 episode (I doubt that this was a last ditch effort on their part for emotional punch since they had the kids film the last scene of the series all the way back in season 2). Articles about this theory really started only popping up after that episode too, but the points made above make perfect sense when you reflect upon the earlier episodes of the season. Even though it’s started to wain in comedy quality in the later years, it’s never lost its heart, and that’s what I love most about it. I’m definitely going to miss it.

    • Stacey Judith

      If this is true, it will be a bittersweet ending and the show will go off with a bang despite the way they dragged it out for so long and only gave us a handful of scenes with the adorable Cristin Milioti. But no matter what happens, for the love of God and all that’s good in the world, NO TED AND ROBIN – PLEASE! Just let it go already, let Barney and Robin be happy, leave them alone! They made the same mistake that Friends did when they had the Rachel-Joey hookup nonsense by making the Ted-Robin-Barney triangle.. If that hadn’t happened, I’d accept Ted and Robin ending up together but Barney and Robin work so much better and are good for each other! Ted’s so whiny but the “mother” is perfect for him. If it happens that she’s sick and/is dying then as sad as that is, so be it and let it be an homage to her.

    • That_Darn_Kat

      We gave up our cable a while ago, so we have to wait as Netflix episodes come out. I really, really can’t wait to watch season 9 when it’s out (I may actually splurge and get a Prime membership if it means I can watch season 9 earlier). I’m going to cry, seriously, if the mom dies. Of course, I bawled when Marshall’s dad died, too.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Netflix is a gift and a curse.

    • Laura

      I don’t really get why you would tell your kids long drawn out stories solely about you and your friends if the purpose was to tell them about their other parent. That bejng said, I do believe that’s where the story’s going.

    • Mila

      I think that theory is just too dark for HIMYM, but would actually make sense.

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