'How I Met Your Mother': Carter Bays talks 'Last Words'


Nothing says "very special episode" like no cold open.After the sudden death of Marshall's (Jason Segel) father on the most recent "How I Met Your Mother," the series picks things back up at his Minnesota funeral, with the gang struggling to help their friend cope. "It started form a place of real sadness," series co-creator Carter Bays tells Zap2it. "It's especially hard because Bill Fagerbakke (Marvin Eriksen Sr.) was there at the table read. You just killed off his character and here he is sitting with you. We address it in the episode with laughter.""HIMYM" does end up compensating for tragedy with a surprising amount of humor. Lily's (Alyson Hannigan) attempts at comforting her resentful mother-in-law, Robin's (Cobie Smulders) Mary Poppins bag of grief accessories (cigarettes, booze, DVDs, phone chargers...) and the series' hilarious presentation of Midwestern ritual all successfully lighten the mood. But they never forget why they took the story here. "Shows...



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