The executive producers of How I Met Your Mother, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, have revealed how they intend to keep the show going, even after the mother has finally been revealed. Craig joked about doing a new series called How I Met Your Father, while Carter added that they are likely to do more flashbacks of funny stories from the past.
Thomas joked, "We've had conversations about rewinding back to 2005 and doing a series called How I Met Your Father". He then continued by adding, "From the perspective of what was happening with the Mother all those years. Occasionally, she'll stumble through McLaren's and no-one will see her." Carter Bays then explained how the series is likely to continue once the mother has been revealed.
He said, "One way to go is to finish the [mother] story at the end of season eight, and then season nine is, 'Oh, by the way, kids, I left some stuff out...' And then it's just 24 little stories that took place over the course of the series here and there. Like, 'Here's something funny that happened in 2006'." Carter Bays also admitted that he does not intend to finish with How I Met Your Mother until the writers run out of good ideas.