Re: How I Met Your Mother: Barney and... (Spoilers ahead...)
I like the suggestion of several women Ted meets.
Problem is, that they already narrowed it down to one of the musicians...
So, what? Ted dates a whole female orchestra and we won`t find out which one owns the yellow umbrella until later?
We also know she was at the train station with Ted, as per the Season Premiere. Thematically, it would be nice for the Season Finale to be Robin's wedding/almost wedding and end with the scene from the premiere. Next season could pick up from there and tell the story of Ted courting the mother, with the requisite break-up for the mid-season/Christmas Break point, and then have the second half of the season showing Ted trying to get back in her good graces.
It kinda needs to be, because it would be an incredible cop out if they didn't. They spent so much time on women that were never going to be the mother, but the mother would then be like, "Oh look, here she is, and The End."
It would almost be like a show about a ship flung into a faraway quadrant of space, trying to find its way back to Earth ending like, "Oh, look, there Earrth is, and The End."
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