Know­ing end was near helped Mother

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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.’’


How I Met Your Mother: Thurs­days, 8pm, Seven, Prime7; Mon­days to Fri­days, var­i­ous times, Arena.

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