Alyson Hannigan Talks About Crying During HIMYM‘s Finale, Fails To Convince Me The Mother Isn’t Dead

Alyson Hannigan discussing HIMYM finale on Jimmy Kimmel March 2014If Alyson Hannigan was hoping that her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night would get me off the scent of my favorite How I Met Your Mother conspiracy theory, then she was dead wrong.

Dead wrong! DEAD! You get it? It’s funny because the theory is that The Mother has been dead all along, and that’s why Ted started telling his kids (and a national audience) this story in the first place. You might be skeptical, but there are a lot of hints and clues that suggest the fan who thought of it might be on to something, and even an interview with Cristin Milioti – who plays The Mother herself — failed to convince me I was wrong. Because for as many times as she called it ‘crazy’, she never actually called it wrong. Innnnteresting.

And while the theory didn’t come up during Alyson and Jimmy’s conversation last night, the absurd amount of crying that she did during the table read of the finale definitely did.

“I killed a lot  of trees with my crying. The last table read was — you know, we all do love each other so much, and I would say 99% of the room was crying, and that’s executives and everything. And we were laughing and crying, I mean it’s not a sad show, but it’s very lovely.”

It may not be a sad show, but it sounds like it’s a sad episode, right? I’m so suspicious! Jimmy tried to get to the bottom of it, asking Alyson to name who was crying and who wasn’t, but like she said, it was pretty much everybody, she was just the worst offender, as this tweet from earlier this year proves.

But even though she refuses to tell Jimmy what the ending is (obviously), or even if it’s a surprise, she does seem to think that viewers will be satisfied.

“I think that the writers really wrapped the show up the way the fans would want it to be wrapped up, and they’re gonna answer all the million questions that everybody has, and more.”

Okay that’s cool and all, but can I ask my question now? I just don’t know if I can wait until the series finale — which airs next Monday, March 31st at 8:00, in case you were wondering.

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    • Jess

      I think the mother-is-dead theory is valid, but I don’t know if this in particular is evidence of it — this show has been part of Hannigan’s life for nearly a decade, I’m sure even a happy ending would make her bawl.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah absolutely, I’m just looking for clues either way now, and I’ve yet to find anything to disprove my theory.

      • EmmaFromÉire

        I think the biggest moment that made me think it was the ‘extra 45 days’ scene from earlier this season.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      I really hope they go the route of the mom being dead. Is that super mean to say?! I just think it would be a great twist. However, if that means that Ted and Robin magically end up together (and worse, that Barney dies too) I’m SO not on board.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I absolutely agree that it would be an excellent twist. It would be a really ballsy thing to do, but it’s not like they could lose their audience or anything! I’m all about it.

    • carrie thompson

      I don’t think the mother is dead, but I think heavily hinting that she might be creates a lot of interest in a show that (while I still love it) is nowhere near the center of the cultural zeitgeist.
      People are talking a lot about the “mother is dead” possible twist- far more than they would if those hints weren’t dropped all over the past few episodes. I mean, we’ve already met the mother- we’ve spent all season getting to know her and seeing how perfect she is for Ted. Without all of this speculation, the only thing left is to see Ted meet her, which wouldn’t build anything close to this level of speculation. It creates a Must Watch feeling, which means that the show will likely go out with high numbers.

    • Dixie

      Am I the only one who thinks Ted and the Mother have ZERO chemistry?