How I Met Your Mother – Season 9 finale predictions

For those who saw How I Met Your Mother (which shall henceforth be known as HIMYM) on Monday night, you’ll know that, after 8 long years, one of the biggest secrets in TV history was finally revealed: the identity of the mother of Ted’s kids.

This is where the *spoilers* start, so if you haven’t seen the episode, I’d recommend waiting until you have before reading this.

Still reading? Ok.

The mother will be played by Cristin Milioti.

Who? She had a hilarious turn in an episode of 30 Rock, and also starred in the smash-hit Broadway musical Once

I think we all know how the last few episodes of Season 9 will play out. Ted and the so far nameless Mother will get married, have kids, and it’ll be hunky-dory, right?


This last season has revealed that Ted still has feelings for Robin, and Robin for Ted. They can’t just throw that out like it never happened, so here’s what I think will happen to all the characters.

The Mother

This is a little dark, but I honestly think the mother is dead in 2030. I think Ted needs a reason to be telling his kids the long story about how he met their mother, and it seems like an odd thing to do out of the blue.

I think he’ll be telling them the story because it’s been, say 5 years to the day, since she died.

It’s more likely to be death than divorce because Ted claims she’s the love of his life, so is highly unlikely to divorce her or vice versa.


You’ve probably guessed where this is going. Ted gets remarried. To Robin. They’ve been playing off that ever since the first episode where he basically fell in love with her and it’ll bring it to a nice round circle.

As for the 16 years between the show ending and the story being told, Ted will have his two kids (obviously), stay in New York designing more buildings, and then after the Mother dies in, let’s say 2025 for consistency’s sake, he mourns for a year or 2 before getting back together with Robin.

He rekindles his romance with her and they end up getting married a year later.


Obviously based on my previous paragraph, Robin gets married to Ted. As the entire of the last season seemed to be building up to Robin and Barney’s wedding, this may seem odd.

I think Robin and Barney will get married. But not for very long, maybe 6 months to a year,  as I think Robin will realise that she doesn’t love him as much as she loves somebody else (Ted).

Unfortunately for our Canadian friend, Ted has already fallen in love with the Mother. Robin can’t face seeing Ted with someone else, and in the same way Ted threatened to move to Chicago in the season finale, she moves to Argentina and various other countries. I think this was previously confirmed by 2030 Ted at one point during the show’s run that she lived all over the world in the future.

She has minimal contact with the remainder of the group, but moves back to New York after a few years. Here she learns of the Mother’s demise and gets back together with Ted. They then get married and she becomes the kids’ stepmother.


This will be kept short and sweet. His marriage to Robin collapses quite quickly, as I previously said. After that, I think he’ll just return to his previous life of womanising and sleeping with anything that moves. I don’t think anything else needs to, or will, happen to him.

Marshall and Lily

I’ve put these together because I think they’ll stay together forever. No reason why they won’t.

Marshall will take the job as a New York Judge, as shown at the end of Season 8, but Lily will still move to Rome. However she will only move over summer, as she realises she needs Marshall, and that she will be able to find a new job in New York.

By 2030, I think they’ll have 2 or 3 kids, Marshall will be a powerful judge, and Lily will have a job at an art gallery somewhere in Manhattan.

That all being said, I could be completely wrong and everything I’ve written here could be a waste of time.

Whatever happens in the final season and beyond, it will be Legen-wait for it-dary! Legendary!


6 Responses to How I Met Your Mother – Season 9 finale predictions

  1. Krzysiek says:

    You have quite interesting ideas, but i have some other vision in my mind 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ted already has gave his reason for explaining why he is telling the story. Can’t remember what episode or what happened exactly, but I think it was because his parents story of how they met was really short and he was disappointed by it, so said he would tell his kids everything.

  3. Britt says:

    So I am basically with you on your predictions. For years I’ve been saying, he’s honestly going to end up with Robin and everyone thinks the huge reveal is the mother. Don’t you agree that it would make season 9 fairly boring? Never considered the death aspect but it makes sense. They primed the audience with the death of Marvin senior. And if we don’t know the mother for that long it certainly wouldn’t be as devastating as if they killed off a character we’ve loved for 9 years. What makes me think of this are two episodes. “No pressure” at the end, Marshall very ominously ends the episode with “not yet” in regards to him settling his bet with Lily that Ted and robin will not end up together. Then in an earlier episode where Marshall is the reason Wendy the waitress meets her husband that Marshall got fired, Ted is waiting at the airport for someone and I believe it was a flight from Japan, were it is remarked that Robin travels from. I commend you for your insight and know you’re not alone in your predictions. Hurry up September!!

  4. Susan says:

    Here’s my take on it (and yep this could be completely wrong/a waste of time): Robin dies in 2030 and that’s why Ted tells his kids the story. She is the “How” in HIMYM. Her relationship with Ted — for better and worse — kept pointing him toward the Mother. As for why I think Robin dies in 2030: when future Lily, Marshall, Barney and Ted are shown we see them as very old. But the ‘oldest’ we see Robin is 2030 (in conversation with Lily when she tells the truth about handing baby Marvin over to Mike Tyson.) Unless I’ve missed something. By the way, in the episode where the gang smokes the Last Cigarette Ted tells us the date when everyone gives up the habit. Robin in 2013 and Barney in March 201″ — does he do this when Robin is first diagnosed with ….?

  5. Luke says:

    That is a great idea! I was thinking the same thing

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