Oh we better get to meet the mother before then! They haven't locked in a season 9, so this could be it. I want sometime with the woman we've been waiting to meet for years.
I've never really gotten the Robin/Barney thing, but I'm happy for the fans who ship them. I'd be happier if they'd move it along faster, but what can you do?
I remember reading somewhere that HIMYM would only last until S7 but we're in S8 now and I think that the network would push for a S9. Ah, you make a good point - perhaps if there is indeed a S9, that entire season can be about Ted and the mother's relationship. I've had enough of watching Ted's relationships because we all know that none of those women is the mother!
Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris both seem done, imo. Though I think CBS would definitely want to renew, I'm not sure either of them (esp. Segel) will resign.