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Who is the Mother on 'How I Met Your Mother'? Spoilers!

Who is the Mother on 'How I Met Your Mother'? Spoilers!

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!

The moment finally came for fans of How I Met Your Mother when the mystery character of the mother was finally revealed during the show’s eighth season finale on Monday (May 13).

The show – which stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, and Cobie Smulders – uses voice-over narration as Ted (Radnor), in the year 2030, tells his children about the events that led to him meeting their mother.

The identity of the mother has been kept secret until the end of this episode, when a woman known simply as “The Girl with the Yellow Umbrella” is seen when the main characters are heading to the wedding of Barney (Harris) and Robin (Smulders)

Click inside to find out who is playing the mother on How I Met Your Mother


Cristin Miloti!

Cristin Milioti is a theater actress who was nominated for a Tony Award last year for her performance in the hit Broadway show Once.

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# 1

I loved this show in its first few seasons, but they really drew it out too long. I’m just happy Barney and Robin ended up together.

# 2

I was completely underwhelmed. Especially if she is going to be a regular next season, I think they could have done better.

# 3

from the episodes ive seen of it this show makes no sense to me.

# 4

Yes. I thought she’d at least be… pretty. And not look like a pre-braces teenager. That’s so mean, I know. I’m sorry. I hate to be that shallow but good grief, a story as long as this one needs a WOW SHE’S WORTH THE WAIT moment for goodness sakes. Honestly, I stopped watching the show a few years ago but the annoying storyline of ‘who’s the mother’ was BEYOND old.

# 5

@Kandice: Indeed, when I do watch it is for Marshall and Lily and Barney and Robin. I stopped caring about the “Who is the mother?” story line around season 3 when we found out it wasn’t Robin. Ted is the “Ross Geller” of HIMYM. Overall you like him even though he is unbelievably annoying and narcassistic, but no one tunes in just to see him or his story line. As far as the mother, she looks nothing like I imagined. Mostly because she looks so young that it makes me uncomfortable to think of her and Ted together. I thought she was going to be super, super attractive because they established that all the guys Rachel Bilson’s character dates end up falling for this girl. I know her character has all these great qualities, but guys aren’t going to be leaving Rachel Bilson for her!

# 6
African Girl @ 05/13/2013 at 10:58 pm

Stupid Show

# 7

Worst season finale ever. Disappointed.

# 8

well that was useless…

# 9

She should have stayed under the umbrella. Hardly worth the wait she is way too young and just not pretty enough for all the hype over the years.

highly anti-climactic.

I hated it. Awful. Really? I hope it could be Robin’s little sister played by Lucy Hale, but this one is awful. Bad, bad choice

For all of you haters that are saying her looks are disappointing, shame on you. I think the writers did an excellent job of choosing the mother. For those of you that actually watch the show, it wouldn’t have been likely that Ted found a “smokin’ hot” model anyway. She seems like she will fit the show well. I think the mother is a cute girl and will be wonderful for Ted.

i was still hoping it was robin and ted haha totally wasn’t going to happen but anyways i wished it was a character we saw throughout the seasons and had some connection with the past story. even someone like victoria…worst way to finish such an iconic series

Loved the earlier seasons but the finale was a letdown.

love the show. but this woman is,.jesus! Ted has got more attractive girlfriends during the years.

Aaron:
I agree. I dont want to a model wife for Ted. But this girl aint cute anyway. They could have choosen Emily Rossum. She is a similar type, but “cuter”. I guess.

Oywiththepoodles @ 05/14/2013 at 8:01 am

What a letdown. They should’ve gone with a famous actress.

@Aaron: I have watching the series since season 1 episode 1, and I didn’t expect that the mother was hot, but I did expect al least someone pretty and confident, the first impresion of this girl wasn’t that, and I am disappointed.

uhm. a no name? we’ve been waiting 8 years, countless episodes of how he almost almost met the mother, and it’s someone nobody knows?whatevs.

First of all the show stopped being himym a long, long time ago, it became the -wait for it-Barney-Stinton show.

secondly, the mother is in keeping with Ted’s character, he’s a dorky, wonky, introvert who has been shown to be preoccupied with how smart his dates are.
So, it would have been out of character to have a beautiful airhead play her, and the idea of a beautiful scientist is just a male erotic fantasy.
-As Ted once described his perfect woman as smart a little dorky and full of character.

I don’t mind her looks. But I expected a WOMAN, not a girl. Disappointing!

She is kind of what I expected her to look like. I dont understand why people are shocked by the fact that she looks young due to the fact that she is supposed to be a recently out of college so yes there was supposed to be an age difference. Lets also mention the fact that she has not been given a chance to debut any of her acting talent. So im just going to wait for the next episode and see where it goes.

amazing how a well known gay man can do work for so long as a character so into women it’s not humanly possible, Barney is way gaaay in his neat dress and overcompensating way he goes on about women, it was more likely Barney would be the ”mother” as in some sort of twisted tale, and hte kids be adopted, right?

I am very disappointed about the girl, I have nothing against her personally but I was expected someone “better” to compensate the sadness and lonelyness that Ted has been through. Not a very famous actress, an unknow but more appealing.

She is ugly, I am sorry if she reads this. Poor Ted…

This is not the mother… Robin is ! She’s got the umbrella for now, but “wait for it”. The show has been 1 episode of Ted and Robin meeting but not being on the same page about relationships. Then 8 years now of “wait for it”, implying the evolution of the two charaters so that they can finaly fit together. And eventualy ending up together at the end. If not, then the show just does not make any sense, since it is called How I met your mother, and not How I was in love with aunt Robin for at least 8 years before I had to settle for your mother.

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