The season also features frequent flashbacks and flashforwards in order to fully integrate The Mother's character with the rest of the cast.
The initial reaction to the new storytelling structure of Season 9 was mixed.
Ted's new quest in life was much to the dismay of his womanizing friend, Barney Stinson.
But soon after Marshall and Lily's engagement, Ted believed that his life mate was going to be news reporter and aspiring news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, who, despite having had a romantic relationship with her after this time, ended up being who the kids know as their "Aunt" Robin.
As Ted relays the story to his kids, the constants are that their Uncle Marshall, Aunt Lily, Uncle Barney and Aunt Robin are always in the picture and thus have something to do with how he got together with their mother.
with two episodes, and concluded on March 31, 2014.
The show was renewed for the final season on December 21, 2012, after cast member Jason Segel changed his decision to leave the show after Season 8.