How We Met Their Mother

February 17, 2009 · Print This Article

himym how i met your mother How We Met Their MotherVictoria and I agree: How I Met Your Mother is the best sitcom currently on TV. ‘Til Death held the distinction (at least in our minds) for a while, but apparently the writers decided that it was time to systematically destroy that show, instead.

So HIMYM it is. It’s funny, it’s life-assuring, it has that extra little bit of mystery (who is Ted going to marry?), and it has an attractive cast that we’re familiar with from other movies and TV series. Not since Friends has a sitcom assembled a group of actors with such great chemistry. Victoria and I aren’t exactly long-time followers of the show, though. I do remember watching a few of the early episodes (how can you forget a show with an episode called “The Slutty Pumpkin“?); but we only started watching all the DVD sets a few months ago, after Victoria caught one of the later episodes on TV and luckily insisted that we watch it.

Now we’re all caught up with the show’s mysteries and storylines. The writers have been battling with one fundamental problem from the start, of course: to stay true to the premise of the show, we cannot meet Ted’s future wife until the series is closing in on the end – the question of who will turn out to be the future Mrs. Mosby is one of the show’s big overarching themes, after all. The show’s source of information (the future Ted Mosby) is intentionally written as an unreliable narrator, which keeps doors open (and seasons flowing). Many of the romantic interests that Ted meets turn out to be flukes, if simply by necessity. But as a self-proclaimed HIMYM geek, I think I already know who Ted is going to end up marrying! And I will happily present that theory behind the cut (which, RSS readers should know, is right here). Think of it as a SPOILER barricade for everybody not caught up on seasons 3 & 4.

Season 3 seems like the year when it’s all coming together for Ted. We are introduced to the yellow umbrella, which supposedly used to belong to the girl that Ted will eventually marry. Mid-season we also learn that Ted’s future wife was at the same St Patrick’s Day party that Ted attended, even though the two never met at this party. On the day following the party, Ted returns to the club looking for his lost cellphone, and leaves with an abandoned yellow umbrella, to shield himself from a sudden shower of rain. In the next episode we meet the supposed owner of this umbrella: Stella, who was at the party in question, who Ted tries to woo from the moment they meet, who Ted proposes to at the end of season 3, who accepts his proposal and who Ted is set to marry in season 4. With one little snag, of course: Stella leaves Ted at the altar, moving in with the father of her daughter instead. Oops.

But wait a second! The yellow umbrella is never mentioned while Ted and Stella are dating. And let’s face it, Stella and Ted’s kids don’t exactly look alike.

So, what’s with all these potentially misleading hints (and I’m not even including “The Goat” in all of this)? Who was the owner of the yellow umbrella, the future wife that Ted supposedly never bumped into at the St Patricks party? Going by previous story arcs, the writers most certainly did more than simply plant misleading seeds. Which makes it all the more interesting that, for no reason at all, Ted actually does bump into somebody at the party: a girl who certainly looks like she is related to Ted’s kids. They exchange a quick “Excuse me” – “No problem”, and also share a quick but meaningful look. That look:

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Okay, so it’s just a freeze frame in DVD quality. But TV time is too precious to ever be wasted on unimportant scenes!  I have no idea if the writers really were thinking this far in advance, let alone would cast a part as important as this one way ahead of time. But HIMYM has proven to be very well planned out, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did (Ted is drunk in this scene, too, which can be used to explain away a few discrepancies later).

I guess we’ll have to wait a few years to see if I’m right or not. The brilliance of HIMYM is that none of this really matters. Yes, the show is a well-plotted multi-season “Who is it?”, but it’s just as much fun when you treat it as a standalone, episode-to-episode sitcom. Which is to say “as lot of fun”. Victoria and I will keep watching. And hopefully you will, as well!

Note from a year later: I still believe in this theory, and if you read through the comments, a lot of other people seem to do the same. Whoever the girl is (not the actress, the character), she fits well into college, and would work well as the unseen roommate, as well. Will this be it? I’m not holding my breath because, as I said in the original post, the fun part is that none of that really matters. Between HIMYM and Big Bang Theory, it’s a good time to be watching sitcoms right now.

Note from 2011: It looks like Ted will meet his future wife at Barney’s wedding. And I’m pretty sure that Barney will marry Robin. Ted is the best man at this wedding – but for whom? Well, there’s an episode in which Ted promises Robin to be her “best man”, and this will be it. Marshall as Barney’s best man, Ted as Robin’s. I also like the twin idea that somebody posted towards the end of the comments.



126 Responses to “How We Met Their Mother”

  1. Wolfi on February 18th, 2009 2:37 am

    I agree with you and Victoria as far as “HIMYM” being the funniest sitcom on TV right now, but “Not since Friends has a sitcom assembled a group of actors with such great chemistry” made me laugh out loud.

    FRIENDS may very well be the most over-rated show in television history.

  2. Matthias on February 18th, 2009 9:19 am

    Well, I loved Friends and make no apologies for it :) But I didn’t mean to say that this is the first great cast since Friends, other sitcoms like Will & Grace had that licked. But they were more along the lines of the “We kid because we love” abuse sitcom, whereas HIMYM is supposed to be more unabashedly romantic. And IMHO, that’s much more in the tradition of Friends.

  3. Kel on March 12th, 2009 10:23 am

    I always wondered if anyone else caught that glance at the St Paddys day Party. I have 1-3 on dvd and after watching that episode I started to pay attention to everyone at the party and saw him bump into her. Even though he says something like..”i never met your mother that night” he could of bumped into her. Nice catch too.

  4. Matthias on March 13th, 2009 11:13 pm

    I remember watching The Bone Collector in theaters many years ago. A decent psychological/catch-the-demented-serial-killer thriller in the tradition of Silence of the Lambs etc. Denzel Washington plays a wounded detective who is bound to his bed, so he’s guiding a young detective (Angelina Jolie) through the investigation remotely. Guess what: in the middle of that movie, for no reason whatsoever, a guy makes a benign (and unnecessary) appearance during one of the scenes. I think he was changing some medical supplies on Washington’s bed or something while the main characters were discussing the case. I remember noticing the guy and thinking “Okay, that’s got to be the killer.” The suspicion turned out to be right.

    I guess we’ll see if the same holds true for HIMYM. Might be completely off, in which case this will be an amusing “historical document”. But screen time is *important*. As a screenwriter, you don’t waste any time on people who don’t serve some sort of function in the story. That especially holds true for 30 minute TV shows, which keep shrinking and shrinking to commercials (what’s a regular sitcom episode these days? 21 minutes?) So that girl had better be important in the future ;)

  5. Justin on April 21st, 2009 7:48 pm

    Weill i think it served the purpose that it was meant to. getting you to think about it, be intrigued by it and tell others to get them thinking more about it too. which could potentially sell more DVDs and get people to watch the show who hear/read your words.

    your right, everything matters, and people always have a purpose when on the screen.

    I think it’s purpose has been served. : )

    still gotta love the show though :p

  6. Nat on April 25th, 2009 4:12 am

    I think that the woman Ted marries could actually be the Slutty Pumpkin. Ted was drunk when he originally met the Slutty Pumpkin, and she was wearing a costume which disguises the real her, in a way so he has never actually met her. It’s kind of like one of those romantic movies where he sees the girl, doesnt notice her (even though Ted waits every years up on the roof for her on Halloween) and then she comes back into his life and BAM they get married and live happily ever after.

  7. Ponnestar on August 7th, 2009 7:49 am

    “I think that the woman Ted marries could actually be the Slutty Pumpkin. Ted was drunk when he originally met the Slutty Pumpkin, and she was wearing a costume which disguises the real her, in a way so he has never actually met her. It’s kind of like one of those romantic movies where he sees the girl, doesnt notice her (even though Ted waits every years up on the roof for her on Halloween) and then she comes back into his life and BAM they get married and live happily ever after”

    Wrong.. He Meets The slutty pumpkin. its a outfit only hiding the body of the Mysteris person :) but its funny because i thought the same thing about the girls from the bar :O but who knows what will happen in Ted Mosby Life ” STAY TUNED “

  8. Zach on September 19th, 2009 8:40 pm

    I think the girl in the short clip is Hope Riley. If that is the girl that he’ll marry all you’ll have to do is see if she’ll be in the new season.

  9. Raul on October 20th, 2009 10:36 pm

    I don´t know if any of you remember, but in that same episode there is a girl in the bar that asks to the bartender to put her drinks on her account, and they didn´t show her face. I think she is the one ted mosby marry, problably. And that will be legen… wait for it… dary. Smart Five!! lol

  10. paul lewis on December 1st, 2009 1:27 am

    ok I agree, if you watch one of the first 2 episodes on season 5 (can’t remember which of the two) you will see as marshall is coming out of his apartment you will see a girl in more than half the seen of the shot walk out of mclarens and just walk away. And she also looks like the girl from the st. Pattys day party. But yah it was like it was dropping me a hint that at the end of the show they are gonna be like showing us where we all saw her and I bet its this girl we are talking about right now, go check it out

  11. Dillon on December 12th, 2009 10:35 pm

    does everyone forget when ted is at the strip club on thanksgiving with barny and he meets the stripper and she tells him her name then changes in to tracie? so does that mean tracie is the name of ted future wife?

  12. marwan on December 25th, 2009 2:06 am

    i wish he would marry robin eventhough i know thats not gonna happen they make such a good couple!!

  13. suneet on January 12th, 2010 2:53 am

    it,s stella no doubt about it
    can’t be garido on st patricks day
    and stella was there for the st patrick day party she herself tells that

  14. Lucas Mizell Dupree on January 16th, 2010 1:07 am

    I think we can rule out Stella. Wouldn’t Ted know all these things about Stella that he found in the students apt. whom he was dating. And isn’t Stella living with her husband in New Jersey.

  15. Christian on January 18th, 2010 2:46 pm

    Yes, Stella got back together with her husband, and is probably not roomates with the girl Ted’s dating in episode 5×12.
    Other than that, Ted tells his kids that their mother was in the classroom when he accidently walkes into Econ305 rather than the class he should’ve been in, Architecture101. And Stella is not in college anymore.
    Thats proof enough aint it?

  16. Ozeylah Maral on January 22nd, 2010 11:29 pm

    SEASON 5
    CHAPT 1
    SEC: 16
    the same “Excuse me” – “No problem” girl
    no big deal no more

    (wish i could freeze it out for you guys but im lazy..)

  17. can on January 25th, 2010 10:07 pm

    I think the mother is well hidden behind another girl on purpose.

  18. kamikadze1300 on February 14th, 2010 3:58 am

    yay! that is his wife for sure! while watching the episode about st patrick’s day i also noticed that girl! cos scene ‘excuse me- no problem’ wouldn’t be important at all unless it’s ted’s wife. and in this series, as the author says, time on tv is too precious to ever be wasted, so this scene has to have deeper meaning. what is more, as ‘Ozeylah Maral ‘ said she actually IS in ted’s first class!!! she is sitting there and smiling and looking straight into camera!

  19. zarney zrinson on February 21st, 2010 6:14 am

    i dont care what u all think who`s ted wife..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    what i only want to see is, ted and robin back together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    f_ck u barney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. larney on March 14th, 2010 8:39 am

    i love all the characters with one exception.
    Robin. Hate her. Can’t explain it, just hate her.

  21. Matthias on March 22nd, 2010 10:24 pm

    So… did tonight’s episode (Lilly’s birthday) imply that Ted won’t have met his future wife a year from now? Or is the show going to pull another “Oh, by the way…” later on?

  22. Cloudy on April 16th, 2010 1:58 am

    A agree with larney….i love all chracters except robin!! I HATE HER TOO!!
    And 1 major clue… at the end of the episode he says “Your mom was at that party … i just didnt meet her..and its a good thing i didnt…because if i had met her i dont think she would’ve liked me.”
    So am guessing that girl isn’t her….Am hoping that isnt her because that woman looks ugly and stoned!!

  23. lizz on May 10th, 2010 11:56 pm

    i dont know but sure

  24. Watevs!!!!!!!! on May 12th, 2010 1:44 am

    FRIENDS ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love HIMYM too… but nothing beats friends!!!!!! <3

  25. Watevs!!!!!!!! on May 12th, 2010 1:46 am

    and i love all the characters :)

  26. Mr H on May 19th, 2010 5:41 am

    What a wonderful series, I don’t know who the hell the Mother is and I hope I don’t know for a long time, i don’t want this amazing series to end :(

  27. Olivia on May 31st, 2010 8:56 pm

    You see the legs of the yellow umbrella woman when she walks in, she is wearing jeans and the women in the screen shot is wearing jeans…coincidence? I think not :D

  28. aminthegenius on June 6th, 2010 2:42 pm

    come on everybody!!!!!!!!
    if ted is going to marry someone it has to be at least as hot as robin!
    GOD isnt she the canadian hottie flagship?

    and BTW we all know she is the girl from the love finder site
    remember?her face was covered and ted was about to meet her but he left for robin

  29. aminthegenius on June 6th, 2010 2:56 pm

    you know at the end of the show THERE IS gonna be a scene with kids and their mom right?(at least!)

    Guess what?those scenes involving kids is already done in season 2(because the actors will be adults by the end of the show)

    so they have already chosen the mrs.mosby
    maybe we can ask lindsey fonseca?:-)

    and i know the party theory is good BUT she cant be teds type look at her! not that good is she?

    but as a wise friend said we still dont wanna know who she is because that would be the end of the show…

  30. aminthegenius on June 6th, 2010 3:03 pm

    and one more thing:
    what is this godforsaken hatred about robin?
    every-freakin-where i go there is some crap like this.

    give it a break guys she is doing her best no one can do it better than her and yes she is super attractive IN YOUR FACES LOOSERS what uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup!!!!

  31. scaver lewis on August 7th, 2010 5:44 am

    i do agree that this beautiful girl is going to be ted mozby’s wife in the future.

  32. forum13 on August 17th, 2010 1:27 pm

    I think you guys should stop paying attention to all little details! I don’t know if im alone but on the last episode of season 3, when Barney got hit by the bus, I saw a hugh mistake that turned on a light in my head. They ( wirters and producers ) are not focusing that well on details. They will come with a big surprise at the end and nobody will see it coming before!

    oh by the way, about the mistake, its near the end of the last episode of season 3, miracle, at the 16th minute, you can see barney crossing the street. and if you look behind him, you’ll see a One Way indication right behind him. And the bus is coming from the wrong way of the one way. Just a little proof for me that they are maybe not paying big attention to all details cause clearly, its hard to miss it!

    anyway i can’t wait to see who is ted mosby’s wife, but its sad ’cause we’ll nknow that only at the end of the show!:(

    follow that link to see the mistake, 16th minute.

  33. Ryan on September 9th, 2010 11:14 pm

    It can’t be stella because, like what everyone else said, shes not in college, didn’t have a roommate at the time, and most importantly has a kid whos like 8 at the time. The difference from the two kids that are always in the opening scenes is like 2 years, 3 max. Stella already has one so it’d be impossible to make that work out.

  34. Jack Package on September 20th, 2010 12:04 am

    So has anyone looked in the classroom when Ted starts as a college professor and gives a speech to the wrong class? He said his wife was in that classroom. Was the girl pictured above in the classroom?

  35. Gavin on September 20th, 2010 8:14 am

    They’re tricking you all on purpose. They’re dropping hints to try and make find someone we’ve already seen, but they’ve haven’t even decided how they’re going to do it. They will just make an awesome story linking the yellow umbrella, econ 305, THAT specific patties day party, and cindy’s room mate. AND it is definitely NOT STELLA you idiots, stella is not in college, already has a kid, and there is not just one st patties day party in the whole of new york that stella could have been at you fools. GOD, call yourseld HIMYM fans,” get your head out your ass (Lily)” See i can even quote himym in my arguements. Season 6 out tomorrow, cant wait.

  36. Swarley on October 17th, 2010 12:17 pm

    I totally thought the same thing when I saw that scene for the first time!

  37. RJ on November 5th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Maybe……. Barney will come out of the closet and declare his love for Ted! lol…wait a minute…. hehehehe… I love this show! :)

  38. jack on November 14th, 2010 11:55 pm

    For those of you who still think Stella is a possibility, or those of you who can only “guess they can rule out Stella”, let me explain how blatantly clear the show makes it that its not Stella! In one of the episodes (shortly after Stella leaving Ted at the altar), future Ted (the narrarator) tells his kids (the boy and girl sitting on the couch) that IF HE HAD married Stella, they would have been very different (and then you get a shot of two different kids, both blonde haired, sitting in the couch instead). He’s clearly saying he didn’t end up marrying her. And plus, shes living in LA when he see’s his future wifes foot. But that shouldn’t even matter.

  39. brittany on November 23rd, 2010 5:39 pm

    i love all the characters on this show. they have such great chenistry i dont think anyone else can replace them. robin is awesome or should i say culby smulders is awesome. and i hope her and barney get back together. i also think thats something is going to happen between ted and zoey!

  40. kourtney on November 29th, 2010 6:33 pm

    I just love this show! i just started watching it and am HOOKED! I know ted doesn’t marry stella and good cuz I don’t like them together. I wish barney and robin would get back together. I love lilly and marshall! I am dying to find out who ted marries but the show would end if we find out tho, huh?

  41. Nicolai on December 15th, 2010 8:55 am

    hey whats up
    i love this show barney is just the best character i bought his book of the ‘bro code’ im trying the life like he explains in the book of course not every rule but most of them it helped me a lot ; )
    dont worry about who the mother is that is the good thing about the show wait an see
    two and a half men is also a very good show

  42. Josh on December 19th, 2010 9:24 am

    Sorry guys but the st pattys day theory is wrong cause if u look closley wen the mother enters the club she is holding the yellow umbrella with 2 hands and wearing a black coat but the girl he bumps into is holding a red bag and has a shirt on so this is obviously another one of teds future girlfriends that turns bad at the last minute and turns out not being the mother.

    Secondly that photo where the girls head is blocked by another girls head is also wrong cause if u look behind that girl wen she nods to correct Ted u see the girl behind her and they wouldn’t hide the mother then show her so this is also wrong

    Lastly that person b4 who said something about season 5 on episode 1 on the left corner is wrong because Ted goes ur mother was rite over but the camera went to the right of the screen wen he said that not to the left plus the camera stops just at the short haired blonde but dosent go far enough left to get this blonde in the frame wen Ted is corrected to the mother therefore must be in this gap that is not shown in a zoomed in scene

    All I hav to say is LAWYERED
    btw they won’t show a scene of the mother throughout the series because they can be spotted hence defeating the purpose of the show we will only see images that do not involve the face which is why it is always covered wen u see her under the yellow umbrella.

  43. nathanwhite on December 29th, 2010 3:14 am

    the women behind ted is the mother, argue with me if you
    beg to differ

  44. Jen on January 4th, 2011 9:41 pm

    Simple people think Friends is the best show; intelligent
    people will agree HIMYM is 10x better than Friends.

  45. aminthegenius on January 20th, 2011 5:05 am

    why do people think that if they reveal the mother that would be the end of the show?
    ted marries the girl and then instead of 5
    six of em hang out and make funny stories
    its a great show they say it will last 8 season but i wanna see at least 10

  46. Morgan on February 2nd, 2011 10:31 pm

    It cant be Robin because he tells his kids about their drawings to aunt Robin.

  47. Hugh on February 21st, 2011 9:28 pm

    Well we know now that he meets the wife at someones wedding(barneys?)

  48. Jason on March 6th, 2011 12:44 pm

    I’m sure it’s Punchies wedding he meets his wife at, not Barneys.

  49. Delip on March 13th, 2011 2:50 am

    I think he met her at Cindy’s wedding…cause he was the best man for Cindy’s lesbian marriage and her room mate was the bridesmaid.

  50. kyle on March 16th, 2011 4:57 pm

    he marries robin. i know it

  51. Raul on March 19th, 2011 4:04 pm

    I’m sorry but i don’t agree with you.
    I think she will show up at the last season of HIMYM.

    @kyle , I think it can’t be robin because when Ted was talking about her with his children he called her aunt robin , so it’s not robin.

  52. Sarah on March 19th, 2011 9:11 pm

    Ted’s obviously gay for barney. They get married and adopt two kids. The end.

  53. me on March 21st, 2011 3:33 am

    well now there is a rumour that its Marieve Herington……in most of the episodes were he talks about the mother her name appears in wikipedia as a guest appearance…..well i truely hope not cause she looks bad and old…….

  54. Pete on March 29th, 2011 6:58 am

    Hey guys! I don’t think they have shown the mothers face so far! The will just edit her into some scenes like the how they edited in that bar tender in the episode where Ted and Barney have a fight! If you notice with that episode they mention about the bar tender with the toupay. And that he has always been there, like when Barney decides to pick up lesbians. in that episode the bar tender isn’t there but when they refer back to that episode they edited the bar tender in! An quite well too I may add. Ps they always add incegnificant things in there episodes to add a feeling of reality and to make us feel like we were there! Cheers

  55. KayAllison on April 14th, 2011 10:03 pm

    Omg I LOVE HIMYM!!!!
    Sometimes it drives me crazy cuz I can’t figure out who he marrys, but I’m sure of 1 thing: It’s NOT Stella! I’m glad too cuz I can’t stand her! I love Robin, but I want her to end up with Barney. I want to know now who their mother is, but at the same time I LOVE the suspense! That’s what makes the show so differant. :-)

  56. Almos on April 18th, 2011 4:05 am

    It’s Lilly :)

  57. Albert on April 22nd, 2011 12:45 am

    ted’s sister is hot, i wish it were her. damn.

  58. anna on April 29th, 2011 12:16 am

    The yellow umbrella was never Stellas. It belonged to the room mate of the Girl Ted dated who was a college student. ( the girl who played summer in the OC) and her room mate is Teds Wife

  59. Cate on May 9th, 2011 11:04 pm

    I think the fact that nothing in filming is an accident since it has to be so planned out is exactly why this woman isn’t the mother. It would be too obvious. Not to mention her jeans are much tighter and darker than the jeans shown by the woman holding a yellow umbrella in line just seconds before we see these two bump into each other.

    I think we’re going to find out that his wife is in the background of this scene and that the run-in was a distraction from the actual mother.

  60. cockamouse on May 15th, 2011 2:55 am

    did you guys noticed that Ted’s children looks like twins? they’re both looks like at the same age. So we can assume that Ted’s wife has twin. Will this means that Cindy’s roommate actually her twin sister? Did you noticed how jealous she(Cindy) were with her roommate, talking to Ted about it on their date? Which is what an underdog twin sister usually feel towards their twin. Also, Cindy’s hair looks the same with Ted’s daughter’s hair. Which I assumed that Cindy and her roommate (twin sister/ted’s wife) looks alike too..If that’s the case, then Ted’s wife could be cast with the same actress as Cindy.

  61. Matthias on June 6th, 2011 10:24 pm

    I actually like that twin theory. Barney is going to marry Robin (with Ted being her best man). He might meet a twin at the wedding.

  62. sudz on June 27th, 2011 9:36 am

    Its no doubt the roommate of that college student which ted was dating (when Barney was trying to quit suit for that hot bartender)

  63. Norris on July 15th, 2011 12:16 am

    In the last episode of season 6 did barney and robin not both say in one way or another that they werent going to get back together and if not what was the point in puttin in that chance encounter with nora who barney is clearly in love with…?

  64. Darin on July 18th, 2011 5:53 pm

    I definitely want it to be Victoria from season 1. I know it’s nearly impossible, but couldn’t it happen?

  65. abcd on July 29th, 2011 12:19 am

    what if the kids are actually barney’s kids so ted could still marry robin becuase she would still be the kids “aunt” and be married to robin, ted never mentions that the kids are his kids so it is a possibility and i know many people are looking for a loophole in the story so ted marries robin because of their great chemistry

  66. rasta fari on August 5th, 2011 5:18 pm

    1st theory:on youtube there’s this account that received a lot of thumbs up for commenting that it SHOULD BE Robin. I don’t remember much(i could be high) but ted said in an episode that the mother was blonde.( I DON’T KNOW IF HE REALLY SAID THAT. A HIGH POSSIBILITY THAT IM WRONG IM SURE OF THAT).
    That’s why he keeps dating blonde girls(zoey, stella). As for Victoria, ted said “its a one time thing and that is why it makes it so perfect”. (something like that).. the thing is, neither of the kids have blonde hair. So it could still be robin, i guess? w/ her dying her hair blonde.
    2nd theory: about the st patrick’s party, the girl could be one of the friends of the wife…

    well one thing is for certain, we would make assumptions and we still cant be right. there are so many twist that the creative can do. my first theory is so long and it makes sense.. but robin was not in the st. paddy’s party. there are no “holes” in the story because the creative has really put a lot of thought in it. was this irrelevant? maybe.. but what about yours? fortunately, they extended the series up until season 8. 2 years from now we will know who the mother is.

  67. Tracy Moseby on August 22nd, 2011 5:51 pm

    We definitely know that Ted does not meet Tracy Moseby at Barney’s Wedding. The first clip in season 6 shows a clear blue sky at this wedding. Yet in the first clip of season 3 where Ted describes the ‘short version’ of how he met Tracy, there are puddles on the ground and (hence the umbrella). This means that they met on a rainy day; but it is sunny at Barney’s wedding

  68. Stevie on August 23rd, 2011 8:16 am

    You all who hate Robin are crazy I think she’s one of the best characters on the show. Barney gets on my nerves,but he’s such a jerk he does make the plot for most the episodes. I wish robin and ted would marry but it won’t happen.

  69. Juls on August 24th, 2011 10:49 pm

    Ted marries Robin after countless failed relationships (as they promised each other to be each others back up wife/husband in the future). They have 2 kids. Robin leaves Ted for her career travelling the world as a journalist. Ted raises his children himself thus the narration at the beginning and end of each episode. She and Ted have an agreement (when the kids are young) to call her “Aunt Robin”…
    Then, they rekindle their love when Robin is tired of living anywhere else and returns to New York to Ted and they remarry. Yay!!!! Then, End of HIMYM….(sob..sob)

  70. Tracy Moseby on August 25th, 2011 8:40 am

    Actually I’m wrong because at the end of 6.01 it does start raining at the wedding so it could be barney’s one…

  71. Tracy Moseby on August 31st, 2011 6:46 pm

    Revised theory: Ted meets his wife at Cindy’s wedding. There is loads of evidence:
    1. In Big Days, after revealing that Cindy has a child with her date that evening, Ted says he met his wife at a wedding. Even though it shows Barney’s wedding, this may be unconnected; Ted meets his wife at Cindy’s wedding – explaining why her room-mate, Ted’s future wife, is there
    2. In Lucky Penny, Ted says that if he had moved to Chicago, he would not have met his wife. As he meets her at a wedding, it must be the wedding of someone he meets following this episode, otherwise he would be invited anyway. E.g. Ted would still be invited to Barney’s wedding if he had moved to Chicargo. This means it is highly likely that it is one of Ted’s ex-girlfriends, in particular one that forgives him such as CINDY
    3. In Right Place, Right Time Ted explains how happy he is to have ended up meeting Stella and Tony by accident. Why is he so happy about this? Because it leads to Tony giving Ted the job at the university where he meets Cindy. This is the only way the meeting of Ted with Stella and Tony could be important.

  72. lucy on September 16th, 2011 2:03 pm

    abcd on July 29th states, “What if the kids are Barney’s…” that can’t be true cuz I watched an episode just the other day when the kids actually spoke (maybe the only time they ever have) and they were reacting to someting Ted said to them with ” HEY DAD…!!!” Don’t remember what they were yelling at him about but they definitely called him/Ted dad.

  73. lucy on September 16th, 2011 2:09 pm

    Oh, and I kind of think Barney will marry Nora…at least that’s the direction the show is leading us in. Can’t imagine how in the world they could explain the “Aunt Robin” thing unless, like someone said earlier, she leaves Ted and the kids for her career and he raises them alone and they have them call her that. But I don’t think the show would have Robin do something that unacceptable…it would take away from the “underlying integrity” that all the characters, even Barney, have when all is said and done. And if Robin were to do something as drastic as desert her family and not even let them know she was their mother, it would make her seem like the worst parent in the world and something that a “born to be dad” like Ted could never forgive….and neither could the audience.

  74. Nico on September 27th, 2011 7:44 pm

    I just stumbled upon this page and its comments.

    Episodes 7×01, 02 and 03, seem to strengthen the following theories:

    1. Barney and Robin marry (Future Ted’s comment at the end of 7×03 that the Barney/Robin/Ted friendship dynamic would ultimately be unsustainable).
    2. Ted is Robin’s best man (Ted is summoned (“the bride wants to speak with you”) via Lilly at the end of 7×03).
    3. Ted does not marry Veronica.

    The question I have is whether there has been any hint thus far as to the connection between the Mother and the Barney/Robin wedding. Assumedly, she must be connected to one of them to garner an invite. Of course, she could be the date of someone they know.

    Love this show!

  75. Abhimanyu Chandel on October 7th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Here is a wild but slightly plausible theory. Could it be Barney’s half sister? Barneys father tells him that he has a half cousin in college. SOOO…. she would probably get invited to the wedding as Barneys dad would like to bring her along. And Ted also calls Stinson as Uncle Barney although I dont think that makes a difference as he refers to everyone as aunt or uncle. And it could be that the girl that bumped into Ted on St. Patys day was Barneys cousin and Barney didnt even know who his father was then… Whadya think??

  76. cobie smulders on October 24th, 2011 7:35 pm

    hey there fans…
    for one thing i am sure is that robin is definitely not the mom, and those kids are ted’s, not anyone else’s….coz they have called him dad like1-2 times throughout the series..
    i love Robin..she is my fav character on the show
    infact all of them are awesome.
    there is a possibility that the st.patty’s day girl is the mother…otherwise there wouldnt have been such an insignificant scene…but she’s not that great to look at.
    i think the producers would go for a really hot girl as ted’s wife..
    check out his daughter(lyndsey fonseca) she’s really hot…i mean both the kids are.
    maybe they must have shot the end scene where the kids get to know how ted meets the real mom in season 2 and the mom is in the scene with them but they just narrowed down the list of girls playing ted’s wife in jan 2010…so that gets me thinking more..
    i think Robin is really cool and she deserves the best guy.
    i dont like nora that much…she pisses me off especially coz Robin is hurt seeing them together..
    there is a slight possibility of it being barney’s stepsister…the one his dad mentions…he clearly says that she’s in college…nothing else…college….maybe in ted’s wrong classroom(economics) ..possible…
    neways all in all…i love mystery…and i am just hooked to this show
    love HIMYM

  77. Laura Kreinbrink on November 12th, 2011 6:44 pm

    I think that the final episode of the series is when Ted will meet his future wife and the final words of the series will be “and that kids, is how I met your mother.”. The show is not about Ted dating, it’s about he gets to the point of meeting her. I believe it will be a closely kept secret.

  78. Brad shatara on November 16th, 2011 5:45 pm

    “Open your knowledge baskets ’cause here it comes” The woman Ted will wed, as described in other episodes, will be first seen at Barney’s wedding. Now get ready, when barney first meets his father, he states Barney has a half sister away at college. So she will be present at Barney’s wedding, and that would also make Ted and Barney…wait for it… BROS!

  79. tommy61267 on December 23rd, 2011 6:44 pm

    i think your wrong about this being the mother. after reading this i have watched the first episode of season 5 and every time they show the class i have looked for this girl and do not see her even though some of u say she is on the left…also when the blonde girl raises her hand and ted says no questions the camera moves to the right of the class but then pulls away and if u pay attention they never show the right side of the class

  80. Fean on January 1st, 2012 8:10 pm

    His future wife is Barney’s stepsister Carley. Narrator in the show always refers to Robin and Barney and his kid’s ”uncle”, which means 2 of them are married and Ted married Barney’s or Robin’s sister. As far as we know robin doesn’t have any sisters but when Barney had dinner with his father, he mentioned his sister Carley that is on college at the time. So, she is on college, her roommate is that girl Ted dated couple of years back, Barney is uncle to her kids and Ted met her for the first time on Barney’s, her brother’s, wedding.

  81. K on January 2nd, 2012 9:58 am

    The only thing wrong with that is that Ted refers to Marshall and Lily as “uncle Marshall” and “aunt Lily”

  82. GRS on February 21st, 2012 5:04 am

    Does anybody else feel that Ted HAS to meet his future wife (“the mother”) soon or the whole show wont make sense? In 2030 he is telling his kids (who are quite clearly mid to late teens in age) the story. Season 7 is set in 2011. Lets say (conservatively) that Teds kids are 17 and 15. This means they have their first child in 2013 (or thereabouts). Logic suggests that Ted must meet his future wife, spend some time in a relationship with her, marry her, spend time married, then have children. Generally this doesnt happen quickly. This show prides itself on everything tying in together, I would hate for this to be overlooked. Perhaps he knocks up a hooker, falls in love with her, marries her and has a 2nd child?

  83. eric on February 23rd, 2012 2:51 am

    i think ted is talking to his niece and nephew and telling them the story of how he met there mother for the first time and how he ended up with robin……thinking of the most recent episode marshall makes a reference to lilly that there bet aint over yet…..i think he is talking to barneys kids because as you all know robin cant have kids

  84. Robert on February 25th, 2012 1:30 pm

    I don’t think this random girl is the mother. This scene was put in as a hint that Ted was shit-faced drunk and accidentally running into people.

    I think the mother is Victoria. The narrator said that Ted meets his wife at a wedding. Although the show implies that it was at Barney’s wedding, the narrator clearly says “a wedding,” not “Barney’s wedding.” Ted and Victoria met at Stuart and Claudia’s wedding in Season 1, which is early enough for them to film the final scene with her…

    It’s interesting that they brought her back in Season 7 all of a sudden…and she said that Robin was the problem and now Robin is officially out of the picture…

  85. Sarah on February 28th, 2012 2:59 pm

    I don’t think it is anyone we have officailly met as of yet. Ted has already told Victoria that he loves her and he describes the first time he told the mother that, they were outside in the rain in front of a movie theater. The writers are brining Victoria back because maybe Ted meets the mother at Victoria’s wedding, she did say she was engaged.

  86. Sarah on February 28th, 2012 3:07 pm

    Also, if you watch one of the very first episodes (I honestly can’t remember which one but it’s one of the first three) when he and Barney are at a strip club and he goes up to the blond stripper and she says “Hi my name is (whatever she usues) and he says “Hi I’m Ted.” Then she laughs and says “I’m kidding my name is actually Tracy” he says “I’m still Ted” Then it flashes back to the kids and he goes “And that is how I met your mother.” So I think if you hear the name Tracy somewhere it’s probably her.

  87. GRS on March 11th, 2012 6:39 pm

    Loving the discussion. None of us actually know but its so much fun to speculate

    @ Sarah
    Victoria was indeed engaged, but I doubt Ted would be at her wedding.

  88. Jessica on March 23rd, 2012 1:41 pm

    honestly i don’t think that is the girl. Yes i did think that when I watched that season. I think its going to be that victoria chic. Yes she did get married but that doesnt mean anything. It obviously can’t be robin since she can’t have kids. And ted does mention that he meets his wife at a wedding, a.k.a barneys wedding (hopefully robin) and marshall loved her cakes so much at claudias wedding that he asks barney to have victoria make a cake. so he does and ted meets victoria there. just a theory though.

  89. Matthias on March 24th, 2012 8:16 am

    Honestly – at this point, I don’t trust the showrunners to have kept the story straight. They’ve been too busy keeping the series going for (what feels like) extended/additional seasons, using so many contrivances and unbelievable character feelings that it’s getting hard to care about what will happen where (let alone the big reveal). Robin and Barney. No Robin and Barney. Barney and Nora. Robin and… whatshisname (Kevin?) Both promise to break up. Then Robin doesn’t. Then she does, but Barney isn’t in the picture. Then Ted tells Robin he loves her again (wtf?) Now Barney and Quinn.

    There’s no actual connection to anything that has happened in the past, especially season 3 – any loopbacks will be artificial. Still fun to theorize, but I don’t necessarily believe in my own theory anymore.

  90. GRS on March 24th, 2012 5:38 pm


    Hard for Ted to meet Victoria at Barney’s wedding when he already met her at an earlier wedding. He did meet her at a wedding though so that fits. Still, I dont think its Victoria. I found her passing advice interesting though, she told Ted that Robin was and always will be the problem (future Ted said this turned out to be surprisingly true)

  91. Brooke on March 29th, 2012 7:10 pm

    As much as you guys say ted and victoria will marry but, when ted wanted to fix things again the second time, she was married and also cheated on ted when shhe went to ireland.I love robin and ted but I don’t think they will ever marry. Barney will eaither marry robin or the new girl quinn. Ted will be the best man. All we know is the mother roomate, he saw her foot, has the yellow umbrella, and I think her name is tracy due from an episode. Plus the mother will probably be a brunette due to genetics of genes and when they looked to ted and stellas future if they got married the kids were blonder, so the mother must be dark hair

  92. Caitlyn on March 29th, 2012 7:46 pm

    @ Sarah,

    Guess you didn’t watch the next 30 seconds of that episode where Ted speaks to stripper Tracy, because after saying, ” and that’s how I met your mother” the kids look bewildered and he says, “i’m just kidding.” I highly doubt Ted would be the character to marry a stripper, especially when Barney seems to be headed down that path.

  93. Georgia on March 29th, 2012 7:50 pm

    I don’t think The Slutty Pumpkin or the stripper named Tracey are Ted’s wife. He went out with the slutty pumpkin a season or two ago and they did not hit it off. I don’t think it’s Victoria either, even though my heart was set on her.
    I agree that they sure find ways to fly through characters, but they’ve also kept all these hidden identities a mystery which is exciting (if not exhausting). I can’t even remember if the yellow umbrella girl and the mystery ‘ankle’ roommate are the same girl, but I know I watch that episode over and over again; the one where it’s Ted’s first day as a professor and he’s in the wrong classroom- he says ‘your mother was there that day.’ I look at every brunette there and wonder if it’s her….

  94. Savannah on April 4th, 2012 7:40 am

    Well, everyone… nice theory. It’s not true though. I’ve met Mr.Ted Mosbey and his new wife. My dad is Barney and Barney, my dad, marrys Stella. The person who backstabs Ted at their wedding by leaving him at the alter. Oh yeah, Ted marry’s a girl named Tracy. In one of the episodes a girl meets him named Tracy. Then hee said “And that kids, is how i met your mother” Then the kids yelled WHAT?!?!?!?! Why else would they yell what, if they fell for it that, their mom’s name is Tracy. I’m not saying the last name or how she looks, but be loooking for a girl named Tracy. You’ll see her!

  95. rusty on April 14th, 2012 4:54 pm

    Ted Mosby is going to marry Barney’s younger sister.

  96. devon on April 22nd, 2012 9:19 am

    i agree with u

  97. liam on April 26th, 2012 5:03 am

    Actually when lily says to ted best man you’ve been summoned He goes to barneys room so barney is not marrying robin he will mary Nora or Quinn

  98. jim on May 1st, 2012 9:07 pm

    Here’s my theory. We know: she was at the St. Pat’s Party in Spring 2008, she was probably a senior in college in fall 2010, and his baby daughter is alive in spring 2015. So at the very latest they marry/get pregnant in the summer of 2014. That leaves at most two seasons (which is ok, because that would be 9 and pretty much all settled down).
    So we’re looking for someone who was ~22 in 2010 or born in 1988. Also a brunette. Ted turned 30 in Spring 2007, born in 1977.
    One thing I have noticed is that Lyndsy Fonseca, seemingly has not aged since the second season. That and both kids don’t say anything anymore. Fonseca was born in… 1987. She’s brunette and the line “you look just like your mother” could be used. I think it would be almost too easy.

  99. Matthias on May 1st, 2012 9:57 pm

    Pretty sure the kids haven’t aged (or said anything) for a long time because all that footage was shot years ago and has been recycled as the show kept surviving season after season. It also makes sense in the fictional sense, because supposedly, Ted is telling this story over a rather short period of time.

  100. john on May 9th, 2012 1:04 am

    Teds future wife is lily caldrons sister. mystery solved.

  101. Billy on May 10th, 2012 10:15 am

    All i wanna see is Ted marrying Robin.. End of the story….
    Robin is on every episode the only girl ted end up with. and I love Robin lol

  102. dave on May 17th, 2012 3:29 pm

    1. ted and robin are ment to be together.
    just watch season 1 and 2. and ted will never fully get over robin. he will always love her.
    2. end of season 7 did show us robin was in a wedding dress. this doesn’t mean that robin has to marry barney! could be a double wedding or anything this show has crazy turns all over the place.
    -what if it is barney and robins wedding.. and robin wants to ask ted one last time if he still has feelings for her? would he say yes? i would think so.. but you never know with this show
    3.this isnt a happy idea but.. it seems like to me the kids dont know about the real mother. what if ted does find a great “girl” and alll and they have 2 kids.. then something happened and she passed away… i mean if this happened and all if ted and robin rnt married at 40. then they will get married.
    4. barney? i think barney will be with quinn or ted’s sister? more likely ted’s sister heather..
    5. in season 8 i think the writers have to have most of a season for us to get to know who ever ted marries.. js
    *what if somehow robin does get preg. just would be a how i met your mother miracle!

  103. James on May 22nd, 2012 6:38 am

    in last episode of season 7, we saw barney marrying robin and ted and victoria got together.

    definitely its not robin!

  104. Starke on May 22nd, 2012 4:14 pm

    The twin theory is pretty bad, allow me to explain.

    If Cindy had a roomate which was her twin, why wouldn’t they sit next to eachother in class? I mean cmon, they’re sisters, what else? She wouldn’t refer to her as “my roommate” but “my sister”. Just common sense.

  105. Dude on May 25th, 2012 6:25 am

    Ok, I didn’t read all the replies, as i got bored, so I just read the first few.

    1. I think that this girl in the st. patties day thing is a decoy, just to get fans to start thinking it’s her, and divert the true girl, or smth.

    2. Also, all these theories are about Robin and stuff are all complete NONSENSE! I don’t know if you noticed, but the title of the show is, How I MET Your Mother, not How I MARRIED Your Mother. SO, IT’S OBVIOUSLY NOT ANYONE HE KNOWS ALREADY. DUHH!!

  106. Willow on May 26th, 2012 2:23 pm

    It is not going to be Robin. He refers to her constantly as Aunt Robin (even if he had lost his wife and remarried Robin the kids wouldn’t call her Aunt!)

    Besides we know the wife is still around as the flashforward of their high school reunion when they are stoned he asks where his wife is.

    I think it is someone we don’t know yet, otherwise he would have recognised her in that econ class. But if the person above who did the year maths is right (I haven’t tested it lol) then there is a big age gap, 11 years, which makes me judge Ted a little!

    I like the St Paddy’s Day theory of it being that girl, but there is no way they could cast that early and keep the actress on contract for that long…and if they had to change the actress I don’t think they would have written it into the story.

    I had hoped it might end up being Victoria…but she was obviously not in college etc. Shame though.

    p.s. Barney and Robin <3

  107. Gary on May 27th, 2012 2:54 pm

    It was revealed that Barney’s wife is Robin
    By the way

  108. Cam on May 30th, 2012 11:25 pm

    Okay I just thought of this. I personally think Ted’s future wife is going to be Bareny’s half sister.
    Lets go over this.

    1. Ted’s wife was in the college class

    2. They basicly meet at Barney and Robin’s wedding, now since Ted is a close friend of both he may know alot of people there.

    3. When Barney first meets his father his father shows him a picture of his family say basicily ‘This is my wife, our son, and your daughter who’s now in college”

    See it kind of fits…I don’t think any of Barney’s friends have met his father’s family.

    So you see?

  109. Jono on June 1st, 2012 3:05 am

    Well, we all know it’s NOT gonna be Robin. Even if that “your mother died and I married robin” theory is great.

    Ever since I started watching, I’ve always wanted Ted and Robin to end up together, but sadly they won’t so let’s just watch the show. And no, I don’t want Robin to end up with Barney. But I’m used to the “The people I want to end up together, don’t end up together” thing in series, so I’m just gonna live with it, and we should too.

    There is gonna be a Major twist in there, going back to St. Patrick’s Day, the Wrong Class, and all of those, coz that’s how great the series is.

  110. Anthony on June 1st, 2012 6:09 pm

    Ok, let’s clear a few things up.
    #1: I was reading another article about HIMYM and it said in it that they have not picked the actress that will play Ted’s wife yet.
    #2: I know this has been clarified but no it is not AUNT Robin. Plus, there is one episode she narrates in where she’s talking to 2 kids then later says “I’m glad you guys aren’t real.”
    #3: Not Stella because he says if he married her his life would be a lot different, and that the kids would never have been born.
    #4: They said if the show remains this popular ESPECIALLY if it gets more popular they will most likely have a season 9.
    #5: I love Robin. I think without her we wouldn’t have as good of a feeling for who Ted is (watch the first episode) and I think she is doing better than anyone else could, eh?
    #6: I don’t think Barney marries Robin as the scenes where they showed Barney’s wedding and Robin’s wedding were at two different churches.
    #7: Good for Ted scoring someone maybe three quarters of his age.
    #8: Ted’s beat boxing scene is possibly the funniest scene to ever be played on television.

    Peace, I’m out.

  111. Priyanka on June 27th, 2012 3:19 am

    Is it possible that he is talking to Barney’s grown up kids? He could be telling them how he met their mother ( Barney’s WIFE). I missed the first episode!!

  112. gungan on July 18th, 2012 10:05 am

    Ted’s wife is Barney’s sister….i know it for sure now when 7 season passed…sry for language I’m from czech republic…if you want to know how i know it, myn name on facebook is: Vysmátej Gungan…I’ll tell you

  113. Legendary on July 22nd, 2012 8:59 am

    Sorry, magician’s code! Barney’s proposal was awesome, him and quinn are great together, forget robin!

  114. 240 Brick on August 1st, 2012 10:12 am

    I’d like to throw my hat into the ring here, in the form of YET ANOTHER theory as to who Ted’s future wife will be. Some of my friends and I have had lengthy discussions about this, and it seems to fit. Sort of.
    In one episode, while Future Ted is talking to his kids (the narrative continues through the entire episode), he tells them about a time when he and the guys went to a strip club. I can’t provide many other details from memory, but at one point Ted is talking to a stripper/dancer who is on a break. He says “Hi, I’m Ted”, and she gives him her “stage name”. He asks if that’s her real name, and she says her real name is Rachel (he replies “still Ted”).
    At this point it cuts back to Ted’s kids on the couch, and they both react pretty strongly. The daughter says something like “eeew, Dad!”
    This leads me/my friends to think that the woman Ted will eventually marry is named Rachel–although Future Ted did admit to the kids that he was kidding about meeting her that way, the kids reacted as if Rachel was actually their mother’s name.

  115. Noway on August 17th, 2012 11:41 am

    Honestly, I am now pretty sure that Ted’s wife gonna be part of the band playing et Barney’s wedding. She’s a bass player.

    About the St patrick episode, if you take a further look to that scene, just after Ted meet that girl, he spoke to Barney and then a woman is standing between them. Knowing that HIMYM writers like to include montage to previous shot scenes, I’m pretty sure they should ude that scene to incorpore the face of Ted’s wife, because they couldn’t have cast her so soon.

  116. Noway on August 17th, 2012 11:46 am

    And she could’nt be born in 1988, being 22 in 2010, because as her roomate, she must be a Phd student, attending an 300 econ class, which for people who are way over 22 years old. And in the episode he met cindy Ted said that they have almost the same age. So you should be more likely to look for a girl around her 30th birthday in 2010.

  117. JordanJ on August 20th, 2012 11:57 pm

    It would make sense if Ted marries Barney’s half sister because it would make Barney and Robin the aunt and uncle of Ted’s kids, which they are referred to as.

  118. Christo on September 12th, 2012 10:05 am

    This can’t be right because the girl Ted bumped into and the girl entering the bar with the yellow umbrella who supposedly was Ted’s wife were wearing different pants.

  119. sessamillion on October 11th, 2012 4:24 pm

    to be honest its not Stella because she goes back to the ex hubby n its not robin because she marries Barney…its not Victoria because even though they reconciled it would be unlikely it would be someone we have already seen…my guess is its either the slutty pumpkin think about it every year on Halloween he waits on the roof to see her n then she turns up dressed as something else or its Barney’s sister who no one has never actually met n besides he said clearly that it was pouring when he seen her outside the pub but my money is on Barney sister though since like i pointed out before we’ve never seen his sister in any of the series so how bout we just wait and see how it all unfolds

  120. sam on November 24th, 2012 8:43 am

    I think that since barnney is uncle barnney,and marshel and lilly are
    oviosley going to be godparents then that jeans that one of barnneys relitives has to be thé wife,so unless ted is gay,then it has to be histo half sister,carla

  121. Anthony on December 4th, 2012 11:59 pm

    this is a long shot, ted is talking to barneys children telling them the story of how he met their mother,

    he married robin therefore calls her aunt robin towards the kids.

    i just want robin to end up with ted desperately.

  122. David Ryan on January 5th, 2013 10:13 am

    Why can’t Ted be both Barney and Robin’s Best man? We are already taking about an unusual setup as it is…so Ted could serve double duty and fill both capacities for his best friend and his best bro. I agree with the theory that Ted will marry Barney’s half sister that was a college student. She will be the guest of Barney’s dad. Although Barney does not know her…he knows she exists. And yes….her name will be Tracy. I feel certain that it will rain on Barney and Robin’s wedding and Tracy will bring her famous yellow umbrella. (Which we will see and be teased with throughout the episode). When she finally puts down and is introduced to Ted…Future Ted will flash back to his kids..with his wife in the room and say… ” And that kids…is how I met your mother.”. Then Bob Saggett will finally have to get another job.

  123. shawn on February 8th, 2013 6:08 pm

    Some people say Ted has to marry Barney’s 1/2 sister for Robin and Barney to be referred to as aunt robin and uncle Ted. This just isn’t true. I know many close family friends given the aunt and uncle title as a honorary thing. Just indicates Robin and Barney are family regardless of blood.

  124. shawn on February 9th, 2013 5:38 pm

    I checked the season 5 episode 1 Definitions Episode where Ted comments his future wife was in his first classroom(Econ 305) you only see her head and hand to chin (white bracelet on wrist) but it looks exactly like the lady in the picture above. I am positive its her.

  125. Art on May 13th, 2013 7:37 pm

    Wowww!!! I remember reading this post over a year ago, and when I saw today’s episode (May 13 2012) I couldn’t believe it. You were right the whole time!!!!! Love HIMYM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  126. Adrianne on June 18th, 2013 11:59 pm

    OMG YOU WERE SOOOOOOO RIGHT!!!!thats her!!!!! you predicted this four years ago?????? wow!!! cheers…. we see her face on the last episode of season 8. …… cant wait for season 9??!!

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