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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How I Met Your Mother writers reveal who the “mother” is

In an open letter to fans from their My Space page, writers/producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas spilled the beans about the much-debated identity of the show’s self-titled “mother,” just in case television doesn’t survive the strike.

I’m sure they’re joking, but take it for what you will. Here’s the quote:

“And just in case the strike goes on so long that the medium of television goes out of business forever and we never get to make another episode, the mother is the coat check girl.”

Funny, right?

Here is the duo’s open letter to fans about what’s happening with the show since the strike.


Hello HIMYM fans. Motherheads? Howsiers? What are you calling yourselves these days? So first things first, thank you for the incredible support you guys have given us over the years. We mean it. When you create a show, you never think you're doing anything more than telling a funny story. But apparently we've created a community, and it seems to be a community of pretty decent people. It's a community we'd probably want to have a beer with.

Our fans seem cool and smart and funny, and it drives us to want to make the show better, to never let it stagnate, to always push ourselves to try something interesting and new. So thank you. Anyway, we'd like to take a little moment here to come out from behind the desk, cool-11th-grade-english-teacher-style, roll up our sleeves and "rap" at you guys for a bit. We want to talk about the strike.

By now you probably know what strike we're talking about, but if you don't, watch this movie. What it boils down to is this: Tonight’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother” is the last new one for a while. Starting next week, we grimly trudge off the map and into the desert of reruns and reality TV. We can’t tell you how difficult this last month and a half has been for us, both personally and professionally. We work with the best people in this business – the best at their jobs, the best at being nice and decent human beings – and the thought of all of them out of work over the holidays is almost too much to bear. We miss them all every day.That’s by far the suckiest part of the strike – nothing tops that.

But there’s other suckiness, such as the suckiness of having to put this story on pause. We love our show. We love the stories we get to tell. And this year on How I Met Your Mother, we think the story is particularly great. A very juicy, breathtaking, funny, and (to use our director Pam's word) yummy story was just starting to unfold as the ax began to fall. We're very excited about the second half of this season, and not bringing it to you right now, factory-direct, sparkling-new, is simply killing us.But enough with our problems.

The reason we’re writing today is to beseech you guys, the fans of this show, to bear with us. The love and support you’ve shown us over the last two and a half seasons has been truly surprising and awesome, and we hope you’ll rejoin us when this whole mess is over with. But for now, this is going to have to be a long distance relationship. We know you’ll get lonely, and Mario Lopez is such a good dancer… but come on, hang in there. Sure, long distance doesn’t ever work for anyone, but we’re different. What we’ve got is special. We can make this work.

But in the meantime, if you want to help us end this strike quickly, please visit www.fans4writers.com. That site explains exactly what the WGA is asking for, exactly why it’s completely reasonable, and exactly how you can show your support. And just in case the strike goes on so long that the medium of television goes out of business forever and we never get to make another episode, the mother is the coat check girl.

Happy Holidays!Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
Thanks to Liz for the tip.


beth said...

I think Barney ends up with Robin. They have oodles of chemistry..."aunt Robin and Uncle Barney." It has a nice ring to it.

big tuna said...

The coat check girl? Too funny!

I really wish they would tell us, though, it's starting to get annoying!

Kara said...

I read your headline and really thought they revealed the identity.

On second thought, wouldn't it be crazy if they did make the mother the coat check girl?

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