Following the success of the television show How I Met Your Mother, a spinoff titled How I Met Your Father was created. Even though their plots are sometimes quite similar, some of the former’s storylines nevertheless manage to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Even before filming on HIMYF began, fans have been speculating about the possible ties between the cast members of HIMYM and HIMYF. Some fans have even been obsessed with the theory that Barney might be Sophie’s biological father. We had all been looking forward to seeing Barney Stinson in one of the cameos and receiving a further explanation, but this is why Barney can’t be the father of Sophie.
Barney Stinson, born in 1976 and one of the five key characters on the television show How I Met Your Mother, is portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, who also plays the part. Barney is endowed with attractive characteristics, such as charisma and caddishness. Fans of the show consider him to be one of their favourites among the cast.
The idea that Barney was Sophie’s biological father was rapidly disproven once it gained popularity. The notion would have created a lovely and meaningful connection between How I Met Your Father and HIMYM; nevertheless, it is highly unlikely that Barney is in fact, Sophie’s biological father. Since it was established in the first season of How I Met Your Father that Sophie reached 30 in 2022, her birth year would have to be somewhere around 1992. In the fifteenth episode of the first season of How I Met Your Mother, titled “Game Night,” it was already disclosed that Barney did not begin having relations until the year 1999; hence, it was impossible for Sophie to be his child on a mathematical level.
Because Barney was one of the most memorable characters from How I Met Your Mother, allowing him to appear in the first season of How I Met Your Father could have increased the likelihood that the spinoff would have gambled everything on nostalgia rather than developing its unique style and storyline. Thankfully, this did not turn out to be the case, and How I Met Your Father developed its voice without necessarily precluding Barney’s possibility of a cameo appearance in the future.