When Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (the novel) was published it 2012, it was an instant sensation; the kind of the literature that is complexly plotted, but written simply enough to appeal to the widest possible audience (wow that sentence sounds kind of elitist, huh? Oh well. If the monocle fits…). It was practically optioned to be a film before it was even released. Modern auteur David Fincher loves a good crime story (Se7en, Zodiac) and a good adaptation (Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), so a book about a missing woman and the husband who may have done something terrible seems like the perfect match for the director.
Last year, at the end of How I Met Your Mother‘s eighth season, we – the viewers – finally met the titular matriarch (Cristin Milioti). Now, 24 episodes and an entire year later, the show’s main character, Ted (Josh Radnor), has met her as well. Even I am not sensitive enough to consider that a spoiler – it is in the title after all – but creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas did have a couple surprises in store for fans (or obsessive haters, depending on your perspective).