‘How I Met Your Mother’: Cobie Smulders Reveals Her Thoughts on a Potential Spinoff

How I Met Your Mother was a huge part of Cobie Smulders‘ acting career. The actor started the TV show when she was just 23 years old, and it lasted for nine seasons. While Smulders has gone on to act in other projects since How I Met Your Mother, including The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and A Series of Unfortunate Events, she weighed in on her thoughts about a potential HIMYM spinoff.

Cobie Smulders from 'How I Met Your Mother' at the 2019 American Music Awards
Cobie Smulders at the 2019 American Music Awards on Nov. 24, 2019 in LA | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for dcp

Who did Cobie Smulders play in ‘How I Met Your Mother’?

For nine seasons, Smulders portrayed the role of Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom. Robin meets the main friend group by going on a date with Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) in the first episode.

While the two didn’t work out initially due to Robin’s commitment-phobic nature, the broadcast journalist becomes a huge part of Ted’s life. She also joins the friend group, becoming best friends with Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) and dating Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).

Robin deals with tough issues throughout the show. She tries to earn her father’s approval and also finds out she is infertile. Robin learns to have a healthy attitude toward commitment while strengthening her relationships.

How Cobie Smulders’ character Robin Scherbatsky ended up

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After years of on and off feelings for Ted, Robin finally realizes her deep emotions toward him. She does marry Barney first, and the two stay together for three years. However, Robin grows distant from the group after she and Barney divorce and she knows her true feelings for Ted.

The final episode shows Ted returning to Robin, paralleling the pilot episode of the show. Fans don’t get to see Ted and Robin’s journey after that — as the show’s premise of how Ted met his kids’ mother is over.

But some fans want more and wonder where Robin, Ted, and the rest of the gang could go from the final episode of How I Met Your Mother.

What Cobie Smulders thinks of a ‘How I Met Your Mother’ spinoff

There have been multiple reports about a potential How I Met Your Mother spinoff. The first, in 2014, which would have starred Greta Gerwig and Meg Ryan, didn’t ever get picked up, per Vanity Fair. But This Is Us writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger tried to give the spinoff another shot with How I Met Your Father in December 2016, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Their spinoff would have told the story of how a mother met her kids’ father from her perspective. The show would have included a different cast from HIMYM as well.

But for a HIMYM spinoff with the original cast?

Smulders spoke with Metro in May 2020 and revealed what she thought of a How I Met Your Mother spinoff show.

“There’s certainly nothing in the works for it, but I would love to work with everybody again,” Smulders said. “It’s been too long but there’s nothing on the horizon.”