The cast (and fans!) of “How I Met Your Mother” were thrilled to learn the show would indeed return for a ninth and final season, and series star Josh Radnor says he’s relieved the cast will get to wrap up the show in a way that will satisfy viewers.
“It was great [to get another season],” he told Access Hollywood at the “Afternoon Delight” premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. “When there was fear that we were suddenly just going to not come back, it felt a little weird to end like, oh, 10 more episodes and you’re done with this massive chapter of your life.”
The actor, who plays the lovable Ted Mosby on the CBS hit, said he and his castmates (Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan), are grateful for the opportunity to savor every moment of the sitcom’s conclusion.
“Now we get to have a year where we all know it’s the last time, so [we] get a kind of victory lap,” he told Access. “[We] have a nicer, slower exit where [we] can kind of appreciate things more.”
I’m a big “How I Met Your Mother" fan. Are you happy with how things are progressing? This season has been a little odd.
I am. I’m very stoked that everyone agreed to a Season 9. We have been waiting, literally months and months and months to find out whether the whole thing was going to end this season or one more. It isn’t, thankfully, not going to go 10, 11 or 12 seasons because no one wants that, but with a Season 9, they have a really great idea for the entire season that is appropriate for waiting so long for answers. And conversely I’m happy we didn’t have to spend eight seasons dancing around a question and then have to answer it in three episodes.
So, yes, Season 8 has been odd because they did this long get of Barney doing this long play to propose to Robin which required several episodes of very non-Barney like behavior from my character which was difficult to play. They kept telling me to trust them, that it would be a bigger play and I’m glad it worked so well. I think the episode, called “The Robin” was a classic episode and it’s good to be Barney again. And I get to make out with Cobie Smulders every day.