'How I Met Your Mother' returns on Oct. 29: What fans should watch for

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After a week off, "How I Met Your Mother" will return to TV on Monday, Oct. 29. Promotional images for the next episode have been released, but the title of the episode is what's interesting. The season's next episode is titled "The Autumn of Break-Ups." As Future Ted previously mentioned, three relationships on the show would be ending soon. Barney and Quinn already split, so it stands to reason that this episode will mark the end of Ted's relationship with Victoria or Robin's relationship with Nick. More than likely, it will mark the end of both. With that in mind, the writers have a chance to finally make things happen with several characters this season. Here a few things to watch as new episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" resume.

Will Robin get some better storylines?

Even if Nick isn't finished in this episode, his end is near. It's a little interesting to see how underused he was on "How I Met Your Mother," especially since he was introduced with such buildup during his brief appearance in the show's sixth season. However, it's actually kind of fitting with the direction that Robin has taken. For the most part, the character has little going on outside of her affection for Barney.

There's been very little going on with her career, and her personal life is barely seen. Considering where she was back when she was dating Don, that's a little disappointing. It would be great to see Robin do some more things away from Barney. Everyone knows that that relationship is coming in time, but there's no reason they can't give her some interesting things to do until then.

When will Barney finally ask Robin out?

Even though Robin will soon join Barney in singlehood, don't expect them to get together right away. It has already been teased that Barney will have a new love interest soon, and it's someone that Robin hates. Some are speculating that person will be guest star Chelan Simmons, who has signed on to appear in several episodes as one of Robin's co-workers. In any case, there is no reason to think that Barney and Robin will start their journey together any time soon. Even if this is the last season, fans might have to wait a while before the planned reunion.

Will Ted return to prominence?

Ted's quest for love has taken a back seat to Barney's for several seasons now, and it's time for that to change. The rekindled romance with Victoria has served little purpose, especially since everyone knew that it was doomed. Now that their split is near, it's time to shift some focus back on Ted. For a guy that once served as the main character on the show, Ted has looked like a fifth wheel for too long. The biggest mystery is still the identity of Ted's future wife, and it would be nice to see a few more clues surface soon. Instead of bringing back another old girlfriend, the writers need to move Ted forward. If that doesn't start happening soon, it won't feel as big as it should when he does finally meet the woman of his dreams.
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