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Neil Patrick Harris made a surprise comeback HIMYM: Barney Stinson’s character in Hulu’s season 2 premiere How I Met Your Fatherand apparently he will play a key role in the spinoff series.

In the final beats of the episode titled “Cool and Chill”, the timeline shifts to one year after the events of earlier in the episode. Sophie leaves her mum Laurie (Paige Brewster) a hysterical voicemail saying she thinks she’s meeting her father before suddenly crashing into a luxury SUV. When the driver’s side door is opened, the victim is revealed to be Barney. He shrugs and tells Sophie. just as the bumper from the Audi hits the pavement.

When future Sophie (Kim Cattrall) is asked by her son who the boy is, she replies: “We’ll get there soon.”

Harris played Barney for nine seasons HIMYM. After first meeting Ted (Josh Radnor) in a pub, she quickly considers herself part of the gang. Barney, the serial womanizer of the group, usually rejected any form of commitment and had a series of debaucheries in the early seasons of the series. Her relationship with Robin (Cobie Smulders) eventually blossomed into marriage, though the couple broke up three years later.

In an interview with TVLine, series creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger revealed that Barney will return for more episodes. Although the duo are keeping mum about the role Barney will be playing How I Met Your FatherThey confirm that he is not Sophie’s father.

“We’re not telling a teenage dad story. I think, considering Lori’s age, it will become a rather uncomfortable story,” said Aptaker.

And since Barney has broken up with Robin, the creators have teased how his return will expand his story into the present day.

“Whenever we talk about bringing back a member of the original crew, you want it to serve two purposes. it is also about how they are affected How I Met Your Father story, and how they send one of our heroes in a new, unexpected direction,” shared Aptaker. “Like Robin last year, we’ll learn more about where Barney is, but it will also have a big impact on the trajectory of our season and the main narrative.”

While fans wait for more details on who Sophie was talking about when she said she thought she was dating her father, the casting of John Corbett How I Met Your Father teased as a love interest. Could he be the aforementioned dad?

How I Met Your Father airs Tuesday nights on Hulu.


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