I love the promise of a season finale. The food poisoning (hi, Dave Foley!) and kind of aimless Ted plot aside, there’s still a lot to take in. Marshall and Lily are pregnant. You kind of saw that coming as Marshall finally got a break in a pretty awful year. So at long last a little Eriksen is on the horizon. On the other hand, we are absolutely no closer to learning the identity of Ted’s future wife. She’s at the wedding, sure. But after a season premiere that seemed to promise the answer we’ve all been waiting for, the wedding was as frustrating a psych as the blonde who received Zoey’s orchid. Still, I’ll take what I can get. The wedding is Barney’s. But is Robin the bride?
Barney already kind of sort of admitted that he’s already met the right girl prior to his night on the town with Jerry. But that offhanded remark was replaced with the wistful realization that Barney loved and likely still loves Robin. And she feels exactly the same. Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders were about as romantic as they’ve ever been in that scene. Now I know that the episode stressed out with the old, in with the new and not returning to the past just because it’s familiar. And Nora reappeared. But as Robin watched her walk away, initially happy for Barney and then all kinds of confused and sad because she wants to be the challenge that he accepts, I think we basically saw one of the main arcs of Season 7. Barney is going to court Nora. Hell, maybe Barney’s even choosing a tie for their wedding. But even if it’s at the absolute last minute, Barney and Robin will realize that they are meant to be together. Has to be. Better be. I’m choosing to be optimistic. Because if I’m being honest, the batch of episodes featuring Barney and Robin as a couple are some of my favorite of the entire series. I want more of the same. Oh, and if we meet the mother, that’ll just be the icing on the cake.