How I Met Your Mother airs its milestone 200th episode tonight, and the half-hour installment, entitled "How Your Mother Met Me," will focus almost entirely on The Mother (Cristin Milioti) and what she has been up to for the last eight-plus seasons.
Unsurprisingly, details are pretty scarce, but Milioti, Cobie Smulders and series co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas offered up some information to IGN as part of the site's in-depth interviews for the 200th episode. Here's what each of them had to say:
Milioti: It will fill in a lot of the blanks. It's a very awesome episode. There's a lot of really fun stuff in there and a lot of really... There's some emotional stuff too that's really beautiful. It's a really wonderful episode and it's been a blast to film.
Smulders: The 200th episode, we're getting to see the Mother, what her life has been. The yellow umbrella question - what happened to that umbrella. How she was with her roommate. It sort of ties everything together.
Bays: We planned this season and we weren't really thinking in terms of, 'Oh, 200's got to be a big episode.' It just kind of landed nicely. This 200th episode of How I Met Your Mother is really special. I think it's one of the best we've ever done and it's also really unlike any other episode we've ever done. It's an unlikely choice I think for a 200th episode. Our 100th episode was very much a celebration of this cast with a big musical number and everything. This one is more kind of about the story and about the tale we've been telling.
Thomas: We did a run through on Tuesday for this episode and you'll see, it's a really different, strange episode, and we were all fighting tears by the end of it and that's a credit to Cristin. That's just us walking set to set, just basically a very loose rehearsal, and even that had the emotional impact of everyone trying not to cry. She is wonderful. I think we really did it right, the way we cast this Mother role, I've got to say. I'm going to pat ourselves on the back on that one. [Laughs] But it's really a compliment to Cristin, not ourselves. She's the star of episode 200. We want her to win an Emmy for this episode. She's beautiful and wonderful and hilarious in this episode. I don't want to say too many details about it but it's great.
The article also features some brief preview clips from the episode, as well as some more information about the rest of Season 9.
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