Ultimately, MacLachlan got the green light to travel back to Los Angeles, where he was able to reunite with Laura, who was already stateside.
As for why the creators waited until the penultimate episode to invite in some OG characters, they said they wanted to let the How I Met Your Father stars, including Hilary Duff and Francia Raisa, have their well-deserved moment in the spotlight. “Towards the end of this season felt like the right time to dip our toes into the water,” Aptaker explained, “and bring some of those beloved characters back.”
And Berger knew fans would appreciate the reintroduction of characters they know and love, “opposed to random people.”
To see Maclachlan and Bundy reprise their roles, watch the new episode of Hulu’s How I Met Your Father on Tuesday.