'How I Met Your Mother': EP Carter Bays teases 'The Final Page' and talks final-season plans

The final "How I Met Your Mother" of 2012 promises to bring the Barney-Robin-Patrice story that's been playing out over the past few weeks to a head. Just how, though, we can't tell you -- because co-creator Carter Bays won't tell us. Bays does say, however, that "The Final Page," an hour-long episode airing Monday (Dec. 17) will be the "culmination" of that story. "It's a very big, romantic, Christmasy episode," he tells Zap2it.We spoke with Bays recently about the state of the show, how the writers are dealing with final-season limbo and some upcoming stories. Zap2it: How did the hour-long episode come together?Carter Bays: Because of Hurricane Sandy we got pre-empted a week ... and we had episode 12, we knew we wanted it to be our Christmas episode, and we were thinking of creative ways to catch up. ... Episodes 11 and 12 really felt like two halves of the same story, so...



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