Creator Promises "Big Shake-Ups" on How I Met Your Mother

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“There's going to be some big shake-ups in the second half of the season between the characters."

With that, How I Met Your Mother co-creator Carter Bays opened an interview with The Los Angeles Times in which he delved deeply into the immediate future of this sitcom. Must-read excerpts from it are below...

On the end of Barney and Robin: This is always sort of what we planned on. We thought there would be a lot of buildup, but in the end, Barney and Robin aren't necessarily programed for a long-term relationship, especially Barney. But this is also part of a bigger story we wanted to tell, and this is kind of the first step in it.

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On their future interaction: That's part of the story that we're building towards. It's definitely not everything's back to normal, everyone's fine. We're going to find out in coming episodes that everyone's not fine. I think when the dust settles, and the dust is still settling between them, there'll be some big changes in their relationship.

On guest star Benjamin Koldyke: He'll sort of be a new development in the story of Robin's romantic and work life... it's definitely a slow play kind of thing. He's not the most likable fellow right off the bat. It's going to take a while for his walls to come down a little bit and for them to really connect.

On Rachel Bilson's character: Right now it's just one episode. But it's an important character, so we'll probably want to get her back eventually. She's a crucial step forward in Ted's life.

On the show's 100th episode: Barney has an infatuation with the new bartender at MacLaren's, played by Stacy Keibler. Marshall and Lily have a little marriage story line about them as a couple. Everyone's got some stuff.

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HIMYM Quotes

Barney: Ladies and gentlemen, I have in my hand a copy of tonight's Top Ten list. The category: top ten things I would've called my truck...
Ted: It was never your truck.
Barney: if Ted hadn't been a jerk and given it back.
Ted: It was a rental.
Barney: Number ten, "The Winne-Bango." Number nine, "The Pick-Up Truck." Number eight, "The Ford Explore Her." Number seven, "The You Scream Truck." You Scream. (they all laugh) Number six, "Feels on Wheels!" Hello! Number five, "The Ride Her Truck." Number four, "The 18-Squeeler." Number three, "The Esca-Laid." Number two, "The Slam-Boney." and... the number one thing I would've called my truck if Ted hadn't been a jerk and given it back... "The '69 Chevy."

Sometimes things have to fall apart to make way for better things...we're done here.