‘How I Met Your Father’ Showrunner Reveals More ‘HIMYM’ Characters Might Return in Season 2

How I Met Your Mother garnered a loyal fan base after airing on CBS for nine seasons. And after Hulu announced that it was producing a sequel to the series, many were skeptical. But How I Met Your Father frequently incorporated elements from the original series while still being unique. And now fans are more excited than ever to see what’s in store for How I Met Your Father Season 2.

The cast of 'How I Met Your Mother,' Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, and Neil Patrick Harris, who might appear in 'How I Met Your Father' Season 2, pose for photos. Segel wears a tan suit over a white button-up shirt and tan pants. Hannigan wears a black jacket over a white shirt and black pants. Radnor wears a blue suit over a light blue button-up shirt, blue tie, and tan pants. Smulders wears a black tank top and skirt with a forest scene on it. Harris wears a black suit over a white button-up shirt and black and gray tie.
Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, and Neil Patrick Harris | Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

Cobie Smulders reprised her role as Robin Scherbatsky in the season finale

The How I Met Your Father Season 1 finale contained many surprises, but none more exciting than Cobie Smulders reprising her role as Robin Scherbatsky.

Sophie, played by Hilary Duff, met Robin in MacLaren’s, and they shared a drink and some conversation. Sophie, reeling from Jesse telling her that he loved her in his sleep, sought advice from the former How I Met Your Mother star.

Following the How I Met Your Father Season 1 finale, showrunners Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker spoke about Smulders’s cameo with Entertainment Weekly.

“We really wanted to let people get to know [Sophie and her friends] as a crew before we started bringing in characters from the original,” Aptaker shared. “It’s been a really, really interesting balancing act to take something that’s such a huge title and so loved and try to create something that honored it and has many similarities to it but also stands on its own two feet.”

Berger added, “We really wanted to bring someone back in a way that felt organic to our gang and our particular story. We really loved the idea that Sophie is at this crossroads. And she gets to talk to someone that we all saw go through so many romantic chapters and tribulations in her own life. It instinctively felt like these are the two characters who need to meet and need to talk.”

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‘How I Met Your Father’ showrunner teases more cameos in season 2

Now that Cobie Smulders, along with Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Bell Bundy, and Joe Nieves, reprised their How I Met your Mother roles in How I Met Your Father, the possibilities are endless for season 2. And as Aptaker pointed out during the Entertainment Weekly interview, the sequel has many ties to the original series.

“I think they’re all kind of watching this one curiously, wondering if they’re going to get a phone call,” Aptaker teased. “The door is definitely open to having more of the gang return.”

Time will only tell if How I Met Your Father Season 2 features more cameos. However, after Smulders’s return, it seems likely that Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, and Neil Patrick Harris could also appear.

When will Hulu release ‘How I Met Your Father’ Season 2?

Thankfully, fans shouldn’t have to wait long for How I Met Your Father Season 2. While speaking with TVLine, Elizabeth Berger revealed that Hulu “wants us back on the service sooner than later.”

Isaac Aptaker added that they are “hoping to be back in production this summer. As soon as we’re done [with This Is Us Season 6], we’re diving back into [How I Met Your Father] with our writers. And a show like this moves really fast.”

So if they start filming this summer, fans could see new episodes by the fall. It all depends on how Hulu wants to release the new season, which will consist of 20 episodes. If the streaming service wants to drop season 2 in its entirety, fans will likely have to wait longer.

How I Met Your Father and How I Met Your Mother are available to stream on Hulu.

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