The creators of " How I Met Your Mother " have announced that the eighth season will be the last for the show. That is a change from what the creators previously said about not setting an end date. With six seasons in the books, that means the show will have two more seasons to wrap up a number of storylines. Obviously, the biggest of those storylines involves who the future bride of Ted will be. I am a fan of this show, but I think it is smart to wrap up the series after eight seasons. Few shows can continue beyond that number of years and remain strong. "How I Met Your Mother" has already shown signs of winding down. By ending the show after eight seasons, it has a chance to go out on a high note.
The producers of "How I Met Your Mother" have already hinted at several major storylines for the seventh season. We know that Marshall gets a new job. We know that he and Lily will prepare to be parents. We know that Robin will have some romantic issues. We also know that we will see how Barney ends up being the groom at that wedding. The producers also said that the seventh season will end on that wedding day. Could that be when we meet the future wife of Ted? Personally, I'd be a fan of that. It would be nice to see how she interacts with the group for a season. However, the smart money says that the producers won't reveal that until the series comes to an end.
I think "How I Met Your Mother" has created a lot of storylines that complicate matters for the upcoming seasons. In my opinion, the ball was dropped when they revealed that Barney was the groom at that wedding. That takes away a lot of the potential suspense in the coming season. Fans generally don't like to know what happens ahead of time. I don't know how they are going to reconcile everything, but I hope they find a way that works.
As for ending the series after the eighth season, I have to say that is the only sensible solution. First of all we know that most of the actors have their contracts expire at that point. Jason Segal has already stated that he isn't likely to return beyond that. With his growing film career, I would say that is automatic now. The show won't work without Marshall. In a storyline sense, the producers have taken the mother angle about as far as it can go. There have been several moments where the show has backed into corners and had to sacrifice some logic. I don't want to see that continue. This is still a funny show and they can end on a high note. Since they know how much time they have to work with, I expect things to go smoothly the rest of the way. Two seasons means that there about 45 episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" left. That should give the writers the ability to map everything out and avoid pitfalls as the show winds down.
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- Jason Segal