Knowing end was near helped Mother
KNOWING early on that the ninth season of How I Met Your Mother was also going to be the last cushioned the blow, says the show’s star Josh Radnor (pictured below, right). The Seven Network series is being fast-tracked in Australia, and the final season revolves around the three days leading up to Barney and Robin’s wedding. Radnor, who plays central character Ted Mosby, says being forewarned the curtain was coming down provided the writers with a chance to create a well-thought-out ending. ‘‘It’s always nice to go out on your own terms and leave them wanting more,’’ Radnor says. ‘‘It’s good to go through the season, knowing it’s the last season rather than hearing, ‘By the way we just got cancelled’ and then you realise the last episode you shot was your last.’’ Radnor made his Broadway debut before he got his big break on TV: he was cast in the stage production of The Graduate , opposite Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. He plans to return to the stage after How I Met Your Mother ends, but is hush-hush about the play. ‘‘There is talk about going back to the stage but none of it is official yet, so I don’t want to say what it is,’’ he says. While the US sitcom has made Radnor famous, he says he did not walk straight onto the set. ‘‘I had a series that got cancelled and one that didn’t get picked up, so I paid my dues in terms of doing the pilot stuff and this is just the one that hit,’’ he says. ‘‘I didn’t realise how precarious our situation was for the first few seasons because I always thought we were going to be around for a while.’’ He thinks that was because ‘‘at that point I was the one who hadn’t bought a house yet and didn’t have a mortgage’’. Radnor says fans can expect a great storyline during the final season, adding the series stays true to its style of switching between the present, past and future. All the loose ends are neatly tied up and several characters, some not seen for seasons, return during the final season, he says. ‘‘It’s a dark example, but if someone dies suddenly like Marshall’s dad (referring to a character in the series), you are haunted by the idea that you never got to say everything you wanted to, or give a proper goodbye,’’ Radnor says. ‘‘Whereas if you had a little time you can heal certain things and you can have a proper send-off. We at least know what the end date is and we can do everything we want to do.’’
– DARREN CARTWRIGHT
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