Sunday, July 21, 2024

“How I Met Your Mother” Mini-Spoilers Re Last Episode and No Deaths


I’m not a big follower of “How I Met Your Mother.” I do know the end is near, and that there’s been a lot speculation that the Mother (Cristin Milioti) was dead all along, a la “Lost.”

Ridiculous. Milioti says so today in a posted video interview. But also, really, who would end an 8 season romantic comedy in syndication with that bummer? No one.

I ran into Josh Radnor and Milioti at the Independent Spirit Awards back on March 1st. They had just shot their final episode the night before.

“There were a lot of tears,” said Milioti, who comes from a great Broadway run in “Once” with Steve Kazee. She also appears in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

“It was emotional,” Radnor, who’s directed two very good indie films, said.

So what about the last scene? It must have been a wedding, no? “No,” Radnor said, shaking his head. “The show jumps around in time. The end is not anyone’s wedding.”

That’s all I can add to this conversation. Except to say the idea of Greta Gerwig starring in “How I Met Your Dad” this fall is very intriguing. The show will be shot in New York. If it’s sophisticated and cool, if Noah Baumbach writes any of the scripts, “HIMYD” could be Gerwig’s “Mary Tyler Moore” show. #Hoping…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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