For all the talk about how Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, creators and executive producers of "How I Met Your Mother," had the end of the series mapped out since the beginning, they did have a contingency plan in Season 1. If the show had been canceled after 13 episodes, they had a way out.
"It would have been Victoria, probably," Thomas said.
Victoria (Ashley Williams) was Ted's (Josh Radnor) first serious girlfriend on "How I Met Your Mother." She moved to Germany and the long-distance relationship failed.