How I Met Your Mother was a risky bet. A multi-camera sitcom with a laugh track but also a serialized plot was practically unheard of at the time, and co-creators Thomas and Carter Bays were unsure how it would be received. While it ended up being a hit, the two decided to put in contingency plans so their main stories could still be resolved even if the show was canceled early in its run.
Hence, Victoria. Ashley Williams’ Victoria was first introduced in season one, episode 12, at Stuart and Claudia’s wedding. Her relationship with Ted escalated during “Drumroll Please,” in which he tracked her down and kissed her in the last few moments of the series’ initial 13-episode order. Bays and Thomas have confirmed that Victoria was the show’s backup plan in case of cancellation, adding, “Ashley Williams reading this, like ‘Motherf—er! That would have been awesome!'”
According to Alyson Hannigan, the rest of the cast would have been pretty happy with Victoria as the mom as well. The actress said the cast was always pushing for characters to be the mom whenever “somebody great” came on set, including Williams. “We’re like, ‘Let her be the mom. Let her,'” Hannigan recalled. “We just loved everybody.” Thomas echoed this sentiment in a Reddit AMA, saying, “It was hard to say goodbye to Victoria, she and Ted had such chemistry,” and calling her the hardest of Ted’s girlfriends to write off the show.