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TV's biggest cliff-hangers: What happens next?

Can’t wait all summer to find out what’s in store for your favorite shows? We’ve got some teases as to what’s ahead come the fall

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How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

An emotionally tumultuous season of HIMYM ended May 16 on a hopeful note, with a flash-forward to an undetermined time in the future when Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) is getting married. The new main question: Is Robin (Cobie Smulders) the bride? ”I think the finale sets up that it’s not the end of the feelings between Barney and Robin,” says exec producer Craig Thomas. ”In season 7, we’ll see that come up in a complicated and fun way.” —Sandra Gonzalez

The Vampire Diaries (THE CW)

Sure, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) shared an innocent kiss with his brother’s girlfriend, Elena (Nina Dobrev), on his deathbed, but it’s Stefan (Paul Wesley) who suddenly became the interesting Salvatore when he turned ”ripper” wingman to bloodthirsty Klaus (Joseph Morgan) in the May 12 finale. Where’s that duo headed next season? ”The direct road to awesomeness,” laughs exec producer Julie Plec. But what about that kiss between Elena and Damon? ”Season 3 is gonna explore what it means to her, what it means to Damon, and certainly what it means to the Damon-Elena-Stefan relationship,” says Plec. —Mandi Bierly

The Good Wife (CBS)

With the much-anticipated hookup between Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) in the May 17 finale, Wife smartly teased its season 3 theme of going for broke. ”In season 2, our thinking was that the theme was taking control, that Alicia was taking control of her life,” says co-creator Michelle King. ”Season 3 is more about taking risks.” To that end, expect Alicia’s precarious relationships with her new lover, hubby Peter (Chris Noth), and former best friend Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) to move to center stage. —Tanner Stransky

Community (NBC)

After a season jam-packed with oddball high jinks and meta-experimentation, the biggest question is whether the study group will lose a member. Pierce (Chevy Chase) walked out on the gang at the end of the May 12 finale, and it looked like he meant it. While Pierce’s future is uncertain, season 3 will continue to focus more on character development, according to creator Dan Harmon. ”It’s in the third chapter where the heroes actually have to ask themselves, ‘What am I doing? What do I want?”’ —Stephan Lee

Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Wisteria Lane now has another secret to hide — the trunk holding the remains of Gaby’s murdered stepfather (who knew Ugly Betty‘s Tony Plana could be so creepy?). ”The women made a pact to protect Gaby [Eva Longoria] and Carlos [Ricardo Antonio Chavira], but they’ll deal with it differently next season,” says exec producer Bob Daily of the May 15 finale. ”The series began with the women uncovering a secret about one of their own, and [creator] Marc [Cherry] thought it would be interesting to come back to that idea.” —Jessica Shaw

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