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    18 Genius Bits Of Foreshadowing In "How I Met Your Mother" That Only Make Sense Now It's Over

    There are so many small details you may have missed.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which piece of foreshadowing on a TV show impressed them. There were lots of responses about How I Met Your Mother – here are the best ones.

    1. The mother's name is actually revealed in season one.

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    They literally reveal the mother's name in the first season without anyone noticing. Ted meets a stripper whose stage name is Amber. She then introduces herself by her real name – Tracy. Ted then jokingly says to his children: "And that, kids, is how I met your mother." The kids freak out before he tells them it’s a joke. In the finale, we find out that the mother’s name is Tracy McConnell.

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    2. In the episode, "Disaster Averted," Marshall uses some slaps on Barney, saying he'll save the last of them "for a rainy day." In "End of the Aisle," when he uses his final slap on Barney, it's raining.

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    3. This scene hinted at Robin and Ted's breakup 12 episodes before it happened.

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    In the episode, "Single Stigma," the group discusses how single people stay out later but people in relationships are lazy and either don't come out at all or leave early. The episode then flashes forward to James's wedding a year later, where Ted and Robin don't leave the reception when Lily and Marshall do, implying they have single stigma and are therefore no longer a couple at the time of the wedding. Sure enough, 12 episodes later, they break up.

    – George Clarke, Facebook

    4. In the episode where Marshall's father dies, there is a countdown to his death throughout the episode, with numbers in scenes going down from 50 to one when Lily gets out of the cab to reveal the news.

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    5. When Barney tells Ted that he'll be with Robin until she's 40 and he can "have her after that," he essentially predicted what ends up happening.

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    6. When Ted is dating Cindy, he announces that his ideal woman is someone who can play guitar. When he meets the mother, she too is a talented guitarist.

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    – Jenna Symone, Facebook

    7. In the scene where Robin tells Ted that timing is a bitch, "La Vie En Rose" is played in the background. Then, years later, Ted hears Tracy's voice for the first time when she's singing the same song.

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    8. In the scene where Ted and Tracy first meet at the Farhampton Train Station, the song playing in the background is "The Funeral" by Band of Horses.

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    9. In the episode "Milk," we find out that Ted's favourite book is Love in the Time of Cholera, which is about a man and woman who fall in love but can't be together. Later in life, the woman's husband dies and they end up together. Sound familiar?

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    – Brent Basil, Facebook

    10. And he also just so happens to be reading this book right before he meets Tracy for the first time.

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    – Brent Basil, Facebook

    11. When Ted is telling the story about Robin's mom not coming to her wedding, Tracy says: "What mother is going to miss her daughter's wedding?" Ted then chokes up. We later find out that the mother was already sick at that point.

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    12. The gut-wrenching Time Travellers episode.

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    In it, Future Ted imagines himself running through the streets before knocking on the mother's apartment door. Ted introduces himself, telling her how much he loves her, that they will meet in 45 days, and he would give anything to spend that extra time with her. It foreshadows that he would do anything to have extra time with her because, for Future Ted, the mother had already died at that point in time.

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    13. That episode also ends with Bob Dylan's "If You See Her, Say Hello" playing in the background – a song about losing the one you love.

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    14. In this scene from season two, Barney has a baby and Ted and Robin are together. This is exactly what comes to pass at the end of the show.

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    – Danielle Leighton, Facebook

    15. This perfect foreshadowing and callback.

    It's genius!

    – Luke Williams, Facebook

    16. Ted and Tracy's shared love of coins ends up becoming the reason for naming their daughter "Penny."

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    – Molly Hudgens, Facebook

    17. This gravestone in season seven foreshadows the show's eventual ending.

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    – Lily Scott, Facebook

    18. And, finally, this line comes heartbreakingly true.

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    – Sam Knightson, Facebook

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