Did We Finally Meet the Mother in Last Night’s How I Met Your Mother?

Even though we’re almost through with the fourth season of How I Met Your Mother, we’re still no closer to learning the identity of the show’s titular mother (heh, titular mother). The show’s creators have thrown plenty of red herrings our way over the years, as everyone from Cobie Smulders to Sarah Chalke to Aynsley Bubbico has developed a serious romantic relationship with the show’s central narrator, one Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor). However, last night’s episode concluded with a somewhat shocking reveal of someone who, wait for it, just might be the eponymous mother! If you’re not afraid of potential SPOILERS, then you should follow along.

At the end of last night’s episode, during a closing montage set to Guided By Voices’ power-pop anthem “Glad Girls,” Ted Mosby was shown carrying that fateful yellow umbrella (HIMYM fans know what we’re talking about) through the CBS back lot streets of New York, when he bumped into his ex-fiancée, Stella (played by Sarah Chalke). Oh my gosh, right? Not surprisingly, Michael “Raisin Bran” Ausiello was able to get some scoop from the show’s co-creator and executive producer, Carter Bays, about Chalke’s surprise appearance. Unfortunately, though, Bays didn’t quite fess up; rather, he told Ausiello that “I won’t say whether she’s the mother or not, [but] we were definitely very careful in the wording of the narration. Obviously, we’re not going to say, ‘Okay, here she is! Show’s over.’”

Crap! What did you, the loyal HIMYM fan base, think about last night’s episode? Is this yet another red herring? Can the show endure another run of relationship-heavy episodes with Ted and Stella? And who’s the mother, damn it?

’HIMYM’ scoop: Stella’s the mother! Or IS she? [Ausiello Files/EW]

Did We Finally Meet the Mother in Last Night’s How I Met Your Mother?