Fans of the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother" were hit with a big surprise during the season finale in May. The show hinted that Ted meets his future wife at Barney's wedding. Then we saw a love triangle forming between Robin, Barney and Nora. So the rumor mill was set abuzz with talk over which of these women Barney would be marrying; some even suggested that the big wedding day would take place in November.
Yet if fans are keeping track of the clues, didn't Future Ted say that his wife was the owner of a yellow umbrella he toted around for months, that she was Cindy's roommate, and that she took an economics class that Ted accidentally crashed? Clearly, he keeps getting close to this woman, and we never are introduced to who she is. So will he actually meet her at the wedding? Perhaps, but if history repeats itself, fans will not.
So the more important questions are who is Barney getting married to and when will this wedding take place? "How I Met Your Mother" loves to jump around in time, and so by saying a wedding will be happening in the coming season doesn't mean that it happens in real-time. That wedding may be five years down the road, and we just get a little fast forward-style glimpse into it. So the love triangle between Ted, Nora and Robin that the show left off with during the season finale may be nothing at all.
Further, we know that Future Ted refers to Robin as "Aunt Robin," and Barney as "Uncle Barney" to his kids, but he has never linked them together in the future. We also know that Ted is asked to be Barney's best man at his wedding, and Robin has also indicated Ted is her best man. Clearly, he cannot stand up behind both the bride and the groom. There is also the fact that the show recently hired Kal Penn of "House" fame to play the role of a new romantic interest in Robin's life. While this in itself is not a sure sign that Robin and Barney aren't destined for each other, it is yet another indication that the show has different futures in mind for these characters.
Producers have indicated that the next season will be a big one for ironing out the specifics of the relationship between Robin and Barney. However, the fact is that the wedding won't necessarily take place in real-time in the next season, Barney is going to be pursuing Nora, and Robin will have a new beau as well. These two don't appear to be heading down the aisle, at least not together, and not any time soon.
You can catch "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS Mondays at 8 p.m. E.T.
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