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'How I Met Your Mother' series recap in two minute...: The last season of 'How I Met Your Mother' premieres September 23rd, watch this recap of the previous seasons to refresh yourself before the premiere!
The cast of How I Met Your Mother gears up for its final season. / Robert Hanashiro for USA WEEKEND

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After eight seasons, viewers finally met the mother. Now, in the final season of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (Monday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT), future father Ted (Josh Radnor) will make the pleasure of her acquaintance.

The season, which will be framed by the wedding weekend of Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), “feels both different and still very much still like How I Met Your Mother,” Radnor says.

Co-creator Carter Bays says viewers will learn much about the characters, who head toward the nuptials with their own issues.

“It’s going to be more than just a wedding weekend. There’s a lot of flashing forward, a lot of flashing back. We’ll be seeing a great deal of story that takes place before this wedding and a great deal that takes place after.”

“It’s going to be more than just a wedding weekend. There’s a lot of flashing forward, a lot of flashing back. We’ll be seeing a great deal of story that takes place before this wedding and a great deal of story that takes place after.”

“There will be some paths crossing,” and the possibility that some of Ted’s friends may have met the woman earlier, Bays says. “We’ll see some surprising moments from her past.”

Milioti, who appeared briefly in the Season 8 finale, says her character has a great sense of humor and a soft spot for the puns favored by Ted.

“She has that lovable-nerd thing going on,” says Milioti, who gained acclaim in Broadway’s Once. “There’s a sensitivity, an openheartedness and kindness.”

Meeting the woman who will become the mother of his children is a wonderful development for Ted, Radnor says.

“He got knocked around, and there was so much humiliation and heartbreak. He literally got beaten up at least once a season,” he says. “One of the things that’s pretty lovely is that it’s (about) a guy who, for all the heartache and tough times, lands on his feet and finds what he’s looking for. It just wasn’t on his timetable.”

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