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19 May 2008 @ 09:13 am
Oh, baby!!! Can't wait even more for tonight!!  
See, I knew it!!!!

Thanks to dollsome for the article -- 'How I Met Your Mother's' Craig Thomas on Ted & Barney's Breakup, Eriksen Babies and The Future of Robarn'

Highlights (vaguely spoilery) :

...the last few have been a lot of fun. Especially the Robin-Barney (or Robarn, as I like to call them) stuff. Last Fall when I was on your set, I mentioned the possibility of this pairing and everyone got a little quiet, so I assume it's been part of the master plan for awhile?
[Laughs] Yeah. I think both us and fans of the show saw that they had great chemistry back in season one when Barney and Robin kind of wingman'ed each other one night in "Zip Zip Zip" -- they played laser tag and smoked cigars and stuff and all the fans started speculating that clearly it has to go that way. We just didn’t want to rush towards it, so we held off for a while. But ultimately we knew we wanted to get to that because they’re great together and we thought we’d get a lot of funny and interesting stuff out of it. It’s probably one of the best parts of our back nine [episodes].

Did the strike sort of speed this storyline up, because you wanted to do something cool when you came back?
It definitely did. In the middle of the strike, we didn’t know what we were looking at. We didn’t know how many episodes, if any, would [be ordered]. So we had to sort of think, what’s the best thing we could give the fans? If all we get is three episodes in May sweeps, what would be the most exciting thing to write? And we realized it was the Barney and Robin stuff.

Now that you’ve seen Robarn together -- as in, in bed together -- how do you feel about the pairing? Is there more to come?
People will see in the finale that there’s definitely a hint of more to come. We love the two of them in teams together, we love the complication we’ve now added into their friendship. Most of the focus has been on patching up the relationship between Barney and Ted, but at some point we’re going to see that [Robin and Barney's] experience has [other] repercussions and is definitely going to mean something moving forward.

Why is Ted so angry with Barney but totally cool with Robin?
[Laughs] It’s funny, everyone has a different opinion on this -- everyone in the writers room, different executives, my wife -- they all have a different idea of how they’d feel about this situation, which is what makes it ripe to explore. Our feeling, from a writing perspective and even from a viewer perspective, was that we’ve seen a lot of Ted and Robin angst already. Even this year, in one of our better episodes, "Slapsgiving," we saw Robin dating a new guy and Ted and Robin have a relapse and question their friendship, can they even be friends? Ultimately they work it out and realize they are friends, they have the same sense of humor and they want to keep being friends. We didn’t want to rip that asunder again. In terms of whether that’s realistic or not, there seems to be some debate. But in that episode, "The Goat," we see Robin apologize to Ted [for sleeping with Barney]. She comes forward and she’s honest in a way that Barney wasn’t. We thought that earned her a lot of points. And we also did a scene in the very next episode where Ted says that it wasn’t just about the fact that Robin and Barney hooked up. It was about him and Barney, something deeper in their friendship. He's trying to move forward, he's dating a single mom, he's trying to grow up and Barney’s still busy being legendary every night.

... People will enjoy the finale in terms of the Barney and Ted and the Barney and Robin stuff. That’s the main focus and a lot of events shift around in their lives quite a bit.

Oh, show, I'm so proud to say I never doubted you. :D
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marikenobi: THEY SO ARE DOING ITmarikenobi on May 19th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh I can't wait to see what happens!!!
Arabian: Brotparabian on May 19th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
marikenobi: BROTPKISSmarikenobi on May 19th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Tonight will be legen (only Barney has the honor of what goes here) dary!
Arabian: BrOtp (OhMyGod) - cap by buffyxarabian on May 19th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
harper47harper47 on May 19th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you for sharing this Jennifer because I have been darkly doubting.

Arabian: BrOtp (OhMyGod) - cap by buffyxarabian on May 19th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I know, I thought of you and shangri_la when I read this.
Janey-E Jonesshangri__la on May 19th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
I am SO happy right now. *cries*
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on May 19th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I told you guys to have faith, this show has NEVER steered us wrong. Why would they start now?

SQUEEE!!!!!!! I'm so excited for tonight, hints for Brotp AND Chuck/Blair!!! Oh, and my daytime couple made love for the first time today, so it's been a GREAT day for couples for me so far. Hopefully, the trend will continue!)
Janey-E Jonesshangri__la on May 20th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Dude, I've just been so let down by VM and ML and anything Joss Whedon-related, so I am just BITTER, but oh my God, I am SO HAPPY. I trust these guys now, I really do.
Arabianarabian on May 20th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
I know, I know, and I understand. How I still have faith is a mystery, LOL! But I'm so glad that we got this interview because I really think that he said EVERYTHING we needed to hear to allay any fears that might be out there. I mean, he NAILED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lavender gooms: himym: i'm on the pill nowthe_spin on May 19th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Exciting, thanks!
Arabian: Barney & Robinarabian on May 19th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm excited that's for sure!