How I Met Your Mother Season 9 is scheduled to premiere in the fall, and numerous spoilers and rumors have been doing the rounds among fans as anticipation builds.
At the end of Season 8 fans of the show were finally shown who the mother was, after years of storytelling through the seasons. The mother, played by Cristin Milioti, has not yet been named and also has not met any of the main characters on the show yet. It is rumored that she will eventually meet all the other main characters prior to meeting Ted – with spoilers believing that Ted will only get to meet the future mother of his children in the very final episode, which will be the series finale.
The final season will take place during Robin and Barney's wedding.
According to Entertainment Weekly, flashbacks and flashforwards will be used to help reveal the story.
Executive producer Carter Bays has said, "There's a time jump of some sort in every episode of this show, so you can rest assured the premiere will be no different. That being said, this next season in particular will feature some of the most non-linear episodes we've ever done."
For the show's die hard fans, there will also be two more final slaps due to be handed out in the final season. In Season 2 following a so-called "slap bet" between Marshall and Barney, Marshall won the right to slap Barney five times, with the slaps being allowed to take place at any time in the future.
Those slaps as well as a further three in Season 7 have been handed out except two, and these will no doubt be mercilessly given in Season 9.
Here is a video news report on spoilers for How I Met Your Mother Season 9: