'HIMYM' unveils the mother! The creators answer your burning questions

Fans have eagerly awaited the revelation of who is the "mother" in the title of "How I Met Your Mother."

Story highlights

  • Producers finally revealed the mother on "How I met Your Mother"
  • Viewers theorized it would be a big star
  • Co-creator says they were able to pack some surprises into the show
Yep, folks, we finally met the mother: Monday night's "How I Met Your Mother" revealed actress Cristin Milioti as the show's titular — and, until now, extremely elusive — character.
The unveiling took place in the final few seconds of the season 8 finale, as Milioti's yet-unnamed character simply walked up to a Long Island Rail Road ticket booth to purchase one ticket to the fictional Farhampton, presumably to go play in the band at the impending nuptials between Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders). The show didn't exactly spell out the reveal (casual fans could have missed it), but there was one key to knowing the doe-eyed girl was the mother: the bright yellow umbrella she was holding. That's the linchpin accessory the show's narrator and father Ted (Josh Radnor) previously set up as the woman's signature — and identifying — item.
EW was on set for the filming of the game-changing scene, and scored an exclusive interview with co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The pair revealed, among many other things, that we likely would have met the mother in May 2013 no matter what: The original plan was for the show to end after just eight seasons (meaning it would have been