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Executive producer Carter Bays tells EW the one-hour finale will ''bookend'' the season in all the appropriate ways. Step one? A return to Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding in the future.
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A bit of trivia for TV geeks: Fans of Carter Bays and fellow executive producer Craig Thomas shot a large portion of their new pilot Goodwin Games, with Becki Newton, in the same church that acts as a backdrop to Barney's nuptials. ''There's a little connective tissues there,'' says Bays. (Jason Segel and Josh Radnor pictured)
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Also part of the finale? The birth of the long-awaited little bundle of joy for Marshall and Lily (Alyson Hannigan, pictured with Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders).
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It's a boy! (From left, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, and Josh Radnor)
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As for a name? While fans have already adopted the moniker ''Hurricane'' — a reference to a previous episode — Carter Bays says, ''Hurricane is pretty good. No spoilers, but that's a front-runner.'' (From left, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, and Neil Patrick Harris)
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Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Quinn (Becky Newton) get into some trouble — and we'd expect nothing less from these two. But will their undeniable chemistry translate into a solid future?
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''It goes to some interesting places,'' Carter Bays says of the finale. Judging by these photos, we're pretty sure he's not lying.
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''There are some surprises that pop up over the course of the hour,'' Carter Bays promises. ''Some old faces reappear, some new faces appear — and some things will be irrevocably changed on the show.'' (From left, Cobie Smuders, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan)
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