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‘How I Met Your Mother’: Shocking Final Scene Filmed 9 Years Ago

Tue, April 1, 2014 9:37am EDT by Emily Longeretta 10 Comments

While the rest of us were SHOCKED by that last scene in the ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ some of the cast knew all along how the show would come to an end — they literally filmed it nine years ago!

Everyone is talking about the jaw-dropping season finale of How I Met Your Mother, which aired on March 31. However, David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca— or you may know them as Ted’s kids — weren’t surprised. Wondering why they looked exactly the same in the 2014 finale as they did in season one in 2005? Well they filmed that final scene during season one!

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Filmed Finale During Season 1

“We shot this last little section nine years ago,” Lyndsy, 27, told People. “It was so long ago, I don’t really remember what I said.”

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That little section she’s speaking about (spoiler alert) was when Ted (Josh Radnor) told his kids “and that is how I met your mother,” and they were shocked and baffled by the fact that the story was actually about his love for “Aunt Robin.”

“Mom’s been gone for six years now,” the daughter told her dad, giving him her blessing. “It’s time.”

Lyndsy and her on-screen brother kept the huge secret under wraps all this time! However, while David admits his family watches the show, Lyndsy waited until March 31 to actually watch the finale.

“I was just in the editing room doing some [voiceover] for one little line, and I purposefully didn’t want to see the whole clip of what happened,” she said. “I wanted to save it to see it like everybody else.”

Why Did They Film It So Early?

So, why did Ted’s kids film that ending so early? Well, it totally makes sense.

“David was growing so fast. He grew like four shoe sizes and his voice dropped, so it was very apparent,” Lyndsy said, adding that they also shot a bunch of generic reactions in the beginning to be used throughout the series.

“When we started, I wasn’t even old enough to drive,” David said, now 24. “Now, I just bought my first house. I come home . . . and my cousins are watching the show. It is always a funny feeling. They always say, ‘Baby David is on TV!'”

Lyndsy said she’s “really proud” to have been part of HIMYM. We’ve got to say we’re extremely impressed that both David, who was 15 when the show began, and Lyndsy, who was 16 when the show began, both kept a huge secret for NINE years!

However, they’re not the only ones who knew. Cobie Smulders, who played Robin, knew about it all along, too.

“They had actually planned the ending during our pilot,” she said on March 31 on The Late Show With David Letterman. “They shot some scenes with the two children, who are now in their mid-20s. It’s kind of amazing that it’s been nine years, and it’s come full circle.”

Are you shocked that the kids kept it a secret for so long, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

— Emily Longeretta

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