“How I Met Your Mother” — Meet the Showrunners

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It’s going to be legend … wait for it … ary.

“How I Met Your Mother” creators-exec producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (pictured at right) have awesomely agreed to answer your questions right here, as part of Season Pass’s ongoing Q&A series.

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We’re big fans of the witty, quirky and romantic comedy that has built a devoted following on CBS and introduced both the Barney Stinson lexicon and popstar Robin Sparkles to hipsters everywhere.

As “HIMYM” hits the middle stretch of its fourth season, fresh twists abound, including the collapse of Ted and New Jersey-ite Stella’s wedding plans and the apparent return of Robin into both Barney and Ted’s romantic sphere. The questions surrounding just who the titular “mother” will ultimately be are again percolating.

It’s clear that everyone involved with the show puts in a great effort to make every episode pop, and we’re looking for Season Pass devotees to do the same with their questions. In other words, let’s not ask about things you can find just by going to the show’s Television Without Pity recap or Wikipedia.

Here are the guidelines:
1) Click on the comment link below and leave your question by the end of Sunday, Oct. 26.

2) Check other people’s comments so you aren’t repeating a question that’s already been asked.

3) It’s OK to ask more than one question, but doing so won’t boost your chances of seeing questions answered. In the interest of fairness, we’ll give plenty of folks a chance to weigh in.

4) On Tuesday, we’ll choose the best questions to present to Carter and Craig, who will then answer at least 10 of them.

5) We’ll post the answers on Monday, Nov. 3, giving you all a chance to read the responses before watching that night’s episode.

6) Of course, if there are any changes to the posting schedule due to unforeseen circumstances or conflicts, we’ll keep you informed  right here.

Have fun and follow the guidelines and we won’t need an intervention.

— Brian Cochrane

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  6. Rosscott says:

    HIMYM does a great job of storytelling, bringing back elements from past episodes, and making you feel like it all comes together in the end. What are the works (old shows, books, etc) that influence your writing and planning?

  7. Courtney Anthony says:

    “Do you remember the episode in season 1 called “Game Night”? During the episode, the gang talks about Ted’s “re-return”, at the end Robin has a new welcome mat at her door, FutureTed says he’ll talk about that later, will we ever get the answer of who gave it to her? Barney? Ted?”
    It was assume that Ted bought the rug b/c he felt bad after throwing up on it

  8. Dionne says:

    You’ve spoken a lot on Barney’s feelings for Robin, but how do think Robin feels about Barney?
    Will Robin ever get a serious job?
    Do you do the flash-forwards simply to mess with the audience? Is this just your way of pleasurably torturing us?
    Even if it’s never stated on the show, how do you think the pineapple arrived on Ted’s nightstand?

  9. Legendary says:

    Is the Barney-Robin plot something that has been planned since Season One? Is there a master plan?

  10. Legendary says:

    Are we ever going to find out who got Robin the door mat in Game Night?

  11. Becca Hallows says:

    I would like to just first say that How I Met Your Mother is the best show ever on TV…and i watch a lot of TV… Once I have watched one episode I will watch it like 10 more times after in the same day, I LOVE THE SHOW! :)
    Questions:
    1. By the end of season 4 will Barney and Robin be together or will you drag it out more ?
    2. What is the thing you most enjoy about writing for HIMYM?
    3. Has it been fun to write about the Barney/Robin romance or is it something you just want to get over and done with?
    4. Is the any great surprises or great romances happening this season?
    5. How much longer will it be until Robin finds out about Barney’s feelings for her?
    6. Finally, Is Barney’s 4th slap going to happen any time soon?
    I am you biggest fan! I would really like, no sorry NEED (lol) answers to questions 5, 4, 3 & 1 since I am EXTREMELY pro robin and barney, I really do hope they get together! :)

  12. Jim says:

    Will we be seeing the yellow umbrella at all this season? Even just in passing? It’s one of my favorite plot elements in the show, and from my favorite episode. I just find it very clever.
    Carter– Just want to say it’s awesome to see a fellow Shaker alum doing something both so creative and successful. I first started watching the show back when it started because the Shakerite did a feature on it. I think it’s remarkable that two of the best sitcoms ever (HIMYM and Fresh Prince) both have some roots in my hometown. Keep up the good work.

  13. Meg says:

    Could we have an intervention for Marshall’s hair sometime later this season?
    Also, we haven’t seen Carl the bartender for quite a while, as far as I can recall… when will he show up again? I’d also like to see the returns of both Ranjit and Brad, Marshall’s law school buddy.
    I’d also like to have the mystery of the doormat solved. Soon.
    I absolutely adore your show, and I think you’ve handled every plot development fabulously, without falling into too many common sitcom pratfalls. Keep up the good work… I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  14. Amanda says:

    I think the question on everyones mind is, will Carl the bartender and Wendy the waitress ever get together?

  15. Roxanne says:

    Hi, I’m a huge fan of the show.
    Do you remember the episode in season 1 called “Game Night”? During the episode, the gang talks about Ted’s “re-return”, at the end Robin has a new welcome mat at her door, FutureTed says he’ll talk about that later, will we ever get the answer of who gave it to her? Barney? Ted?
    Also, when is Marshall(Jason Segel) going to cut his hair? it’s kind of killing the flashbacks.. no pressure. :) Thanks

  16. Courtney Anthony says:

    Is there any chance that Victoria from season 1 comes back?

  17. misha says:

    Hi guys! Firts of all, your show really rocks, and it’s very…one of a kind these days.
    I know someone asked this before, but I want to ask again, because I’m really hoping for an answer: how long do you see the show lasting?
    And second question: Will we see more of the Robin+Barney romance? (I’m hoping for a big big YES :D )

  18. Anup says:

    Any chance we’ll ever see Bob Saget on the show in front of the camera? Even a cameo of him walking by Josh Radnor would be hilarious.

  19. Anup says:

    Have you been influenced by a show like LOST in terms of the time-jumping that the series does?

  20. Jeremiah says:

    One of the on-going secrets of the show surrounds what does Barney exactly do. I honestly don’t want to know what he does but will you ever actually state it in the show? I would love to know at some point; I don’t want it to turn into wondering what country Fez is originally from on That 70’s Show.

  21. Anup Patel says:

    Hey guys, huge fan of the show! My question concerns the revelation of the mother. You’ve said you could go several ways with revealing it but I read in an interview that you shot a scene with Ted’s kids that you plan to place in the series finale that directly ties to the identity of the mother. Does that mean we won’t know who the mother is until the last episode? I think part of the payoff to this big mystery should be getting to see Ted interact with her and eventually marry her.

  22. Anup Patel says:

    Hey guys, huge fan of the show! My question concerns the revelation of the mother. You’ve said you could go several ways with revealing it but I read in an interview that you shot a scene with Ted’s kids that you plan to place in the series finale that directly ties to the identity of the mother. Does that mean we won’t know who the mother is until the last episode? I think part of the payoff to this big mystery should be getting to see Ted interact with her and eventually marry her.

  23. anonymous says:

    What influence has Wesleyan had on the show’s creators and will we see more scenes from the character’s college days in the show?

  24. Adam says:

    Hey I love the show way too much, I think you guys made one of the greatest sitcom pilots of all time. I was just wondering if it was coincidental, or part of a larger plot you guys are going to explore later, that Robin is drinking in almost every episode. Realizing that the show largely takes place in a bar, Robin still seems to be consistently the drunkest. Do I smell alcoholism? Will there eventually be “a very special episode…”?
    Also what burger joint were you guys referring too in “The Best Burger in New York?” Was it actually The Burger Joint?
    Thanks,
    Adam

  25. jason says:

    First of all, brilliant show. It must be a near-impossible feat to keep track of every single running plot thread and time continuity. Do you have some sort of gigantic bible with all that has occurred and will occur on the show? How many people do you have running that end?
    Also, how much longer can you see How I Met Your Mother lasting? As much as I’d love to see it go on for the next 10+ years, there’s a finite timeline because frankly, at some point, we have to find out who the mother is.
    It’d be so cool if you guys came up with a bro-tastic way to extend the show’s life without ruining the premise. Maybe slow down the show so it isn’t always in sync with current time.

  26. cashewdani says:

    Will Alyson Hannigan’s newly announced pregnancy have any effect on the show?

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