There are several theories about who the father is in Hulu‘s How I Met Your Father, but many fans have also theories about Sophie’s (Hilary Duff) possible connection to the characters in How I Met Your Mother. One such HIMYF theory says Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) might be Sophie’s dad. But that theory has since been debunked — here’s proof Barney Stinson and Sophie share no familial ties.
Barney Stinson’s multiple ‘conquests’ have some ‘How I Met Your Father’ fans thinking he could be Sophie’s dad
How I Met Your Father has multiple connections to How I Met Your Mother. Still, some fans thought the two show’s references could go deeper than background props or settings.
“Even though Ellie Stinson is the only child of Barney’s that we’re aware of, the man had PLENTY of [opportunities] to have another ‘whoops’ pregnancy with one of his other conquests,” a fan pointed out on Reddit, citing Watch Mojo’s video. They think it’s “on brand” for Sophie’s mom (Paget Brewster) to fall for a character like Barney, accidentally get pregnant, and never tell him.
Barney Stinson can’t be related to Sophie because he was a virgin when she was born
As this Redditor pointed out, the timeline doesn’t work for Barney to be Sophie’s dad. “Barney was a virgin until 1998, according to HIMYM,” they explained. “Sophie, as of 2022, is 30-years-old, meaning she was born in 1992.”
‘How I Met Your Father’s Sophie and ‘HIMYM’s Barney might be connected in another way
Some fans think Sophie and Barney might still share a slight connection. “It’s possible she could be a half-sister [of Barney’s],” another Reddit user pointed out in the HIMYF sub. Their reasoning is based on Barney’s father, who was “quite the partier in the 80s/90s.”
“We know he had a kid before settling down with the wife we met in the series, but given that he partied a lot, it’s entirely possible Barney could [have] had another half-sibling,” they said.
‘How I Met Your Father’ strives to be different from ‘How I Met Your Mother’
“There’s just no way to live up to that,” she told the outlet. “They were so buttoned up as a cast, and so funny, and we’re so lucky to have [original series creators] Carter [Bays] and Craig [Thomas] on board supporting this show told from a female perspective.” Having people who worked on How I Met Your Mother previously gives the cast of HIMYF a guide, but as Duff explained, “it’s really not the same show by any means.”
She added: “Sophie is not Ted [Josh Radnor], and there’s not someone trying to be Barney. I love that the writers used the very first episode as an opportunity to show the occupants of this apartment, where everyone fell in love with the original cast, but you know that we’re all going down a very different road.”
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