'How I Met Your Mother' Season 9: Co-creator Carter Bays on the 'liberating' final season, time travel and ... the pineapple?

When CBS announced that Season 9 of "How I Met Your Mother" would be its last one, and that it would unfold entirely over the course of Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding weekend, the reaction was ... mixed. Would fans who waited eight years to see Ted's (Josh Radnor) future wife (Cristin Milioti) have to wait another entire season to see him finally encounter her face-to-face, all in service of a wedding the show has teased for the better part of two years? At first blush, it seemed like a grand exercise in delaying the inevitable."The whole 'it's going to be the weekend before the wedding' thing, I get the reaction," co-creator Carter Bays tells Zap2it. "If you haven't been in the writers' room with us cooking it up and you just hear that, you'd think 'They're just pushing back the end-zone line.'" He hopes, however, that skepticks will change their...



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