CBS’s How I Met Your Mother was renewed for a ninth and final season last week, and co-creator Craig Thomas talked to TVGuide yesterday about the direction of the show’s ultimate season. Thomas said, “It’s going to be a new way to tell the story. You’re never going to mistake a Season 9 episode from one of the previous eight.” This statement has lead folks on the internet to predict the titular mother would be introduced at the top of the season or that she would even be narrating the entire final run of episodes. Carter didn’t specify when the mother character would be brought in, but he did address the issue: “The plan has always been to meet this girl at some point. I think we would be forbidden from show business if we ended the series without meeting the mother, and rightfully so. They want to make sure, I guess, that the audience knows they’re not going to be jerked around or short changed in any way.” So, hang in there, HIMYM fans. You’ll be meeting those kids’ mother sometime between September 2013 and May 2014.