The How I Met Your Father season 2 trailer proves that Sophie and Jesse’s thwarted romance won’t be going anywhere any time soon, as the How I Met Your Mother spinoff is piling up obstacles for the pair to overcome. Although How I Met Your Father season 1 introduced numerous potential fathers for the heroine Sophie’s unseen child, the show did limit the number of characters who could turn out to be the titular mystery man. For one thing, Sophie said that her child’s father is present at a party during the How I Met Your Father pilot, meaning viewers had already seen the character by the end of the first episode.
Admittedly, How I Met Your Father’s large cast means that this hint isn’t as impactful as it might otherwise be. However, How I Met Your Father also introduced both Ian and Jesse as potential long-term love interests for Sophie in season 1 of the spinoff, meaning viewers naturally assumed that one of these two likely candidates could be the eponymous father. However, Ian and Sophie swiftly broke up in How I Met Your Father’s second episode, while Sophie and Jesse’s attempts to start a relationship were derailed when Sophie got cold feet in the season 1 finale. When she decided she was ready to date Jesse, he reunited with his ex Meredith.
While Jesse and Sophie have great chemistry and seem like they could be How I Met Your Father’s eventual endgame, the duo has the odds stacked against them. Judging by the How I Met Your Father season 2 trailer, a range of factors will conspire to keep the pair apart. Not only does Sophie have a new love interest, but her season 1 beau, Drew, will also appear in How I Met Your Father season 2. Furthermore, Jesse’s reunion with Meredith lasts, judging by the evidence that the trailer offers, while Ian’s absence from the trailer is no reason to believe that he won’t also stand between Sophie and Jesse, rekindling their romance in season 2.
While Sophie and Drew definitively broke up in How I Met Your Father season 1 (shortly after Sophie realized she was attracted to Jesse), the supporting star still appears in the season 2 trailer. That means that one established Sophie love interest is back on the scene, and while Drew could be dating the newly-single Valentina in season 2, it seems more likely that the reserved, cautious character would be paired with Sophie. Valentina is outspoken and daring, while Drew is mature and safe, so since Hannah is married and Drew isn’t Ellen’s type, that leaves only Sophie for the character to reunite with.
Not only is Drew back in How I Met Your Father season 2, but the trailer also introduces a new love interest for Sophie. Unfortunately, not much is known about this new character outside the fact that he’s an older man (as evidenced by the mortifying moment when Sophie’s friends tell an older man at the bar that they are mocking Sophie for dating outside her age bracket, only to realize then they are talking to her new beau). Those are two impediments to Sophie and Jesse’s How I Met Your Father season 2 reunion, without even considering Jesse’s love life.
At the end of How I Met Your Father season 1, Sophie was unsure whether she wanted to date Jesse even though she felt a connection to him. When How I Met Your Mother’s Robin gave her a pep talk about following her instinct and throwing caution to the wind, Sophie immediately internalized this idea and triumphantly arrived at Jesse’s apartment to tell him she was ready for a commitment. Upon arriving, she realized he had reunited with his ex Meredith in Sophie’s absence and, according to season 2’s trailer, this stuck. It will take more than another How I Met Your Mother character cameo for Sophie to get between Jesse and Meredith this time.
Jesse and Meredith can be seen snuggling together on a couch early on in the How I Met Your Father season 2 trailer. This evidence and Sophie’s two potential love interests prove that it will be a while before Jesse and Sophie are reunited. This comes as a surprise since, while the How I Met Your Father season 1 finale broke the pair up, this was only so that the show could bring back Sophie’s love interest from the pilot, Ian. However, Ian is nowhere to be seen in the How I Met Your Father season 2 trailer, meaning one of the biggest impediments to Jesse and Sophie’s romance was a misdirection.
Much like How I Met Your Mother’s Robin and Ted, Jesse and Sophie could take years to get together for good even if they are How I Met Your Father’s endgame couple. Just because Ian doesn’t appear in the How I Met Your Father season 2 trailer doesn’t mean he won’t play a role in the series, and even if he doesn’t, Drew, Meredith, and Sophie’s new boyfriend all prove that the couple won’t be back together too soon. This could be a good thing, as it means that How I Met Your Father has more leeway to explore other relationships after focusing half of season 1 on Jesse and Sophie.
Some of How I Met Your Mother’s greatest episodes focused on unlikely character pairings like Lily and Ted. This wouldn’t have been possible if the series had single-mindedly focused on one central romance. While Jesse and Sophie have chemistry, How I Met Your Father has a large cast, all of whom deserve screen time. How I Met Your Father prioritizing these characters could mean leaving Jesse and Sophie on the back burner, something the How I Met Your Mother spinoff could, and should, get away with in season 2.
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