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'How I Met Your Mother': Barney has cold feet

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Oh, no! Does Barney Stinson have a case of pre-wedding jitters?

It certainly looks like he does in this exclusive first photo of How I Met Your Mother‘s upcoming eighth season, where the Barnicle is seen trying to escape his wedding! (See it after the jump.)

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Here’s what we know for sure: The episode will contain what executive producer Craig Thomas has billed as “the deepest flashfoward into that monumental future wedding day of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders)” that fans have ever seen. Additionally: “We’re going to show the fans a glimpse of something that we hope will blow their minds,” he told EW.

Well, if Barney left Robin at the altar, that would certainly blow my mind — but I don’t think it’s what Thomas is referencing. In fact, it can’t be. Because it would break my heart too much. Also, they wouldn’t give it away in a photo. And Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) would totally be able to stop him. And… I need to stop rationalizing. We’ll just have to see for ourselves in the season opener, airing Sept. 24.

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