Random What If involving the new episode:
What if they had Justin and the other guy be part of the main cast in the spin-off? Would be an interesting, but not direct enough to hate the idea, tie-in.
So.....last episode in the series tonight. I totally found that out by random, and discovered I was about 4 episodes behind. Oh well.
Never have I been so pre-disappointed in a sitcom finale. Only Dexter competes, overall.
Hmm its gonna be a hate or like it ending. I don't know what to think of it. My mind was off during the entire time. I just don't understand why they chose to spend so much time on that wedding for the entire season when this was more interesting.
I'm dumbfounded, ala Dexter finale syle. So they basically kill the mother so Robin can have another chance to be with Ted, for like what the third time?? That's some next level bullshit. And we don't even know how Tracy dies, we just see her in a hospital bed and that's it, gone, cya. You popped your two kids now move along, Ted must be with Robin since he stole a blue trumpet on their first date. This is just ridiculous.
At least Dexter gave up his son and love to protect them from himself, but this finale is on another level of weirdness.
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Yeah I just don't understand. You know, every show has a point. Generally sitcoms don't ever have one as its just stupid dumb funny jokes but HIMYM from what I could tell, had a solid point to it. Instead, I don't get it at all. Why did the mother die? What was the purpose of those final scenes? Why the fuck did they do another Robin and Barney breakup again. Holy crap, now that I am sitting here, thinking about it, it makes me wonder just what was going on in their heads.
Anyway, for those that want to know how it ends but can't be bothered watching the episode, here is the synopsis hidden behind spoiler tags:
Ted meets the wife on the platform, she is carrying his (actually her) umbrella. They were procrastinating about getting married until Ted organises it. Barney broke up with Robin some time in the next 4 years (yes I know the tense is wrong, but I'm talking about something that happened in the show's past in a flash-forward that happens 4 years from now in real life time). Barney gets a "perfect month" (31 women in 31 days) but gets the last one pregnant. He adopts the baby and becomes a proper dad to her. Marshal gets made a judge, and applies to be appointed to the NY State Supreme Court. Robin went AWOL when she got sent around the world for her job, but showed up for Ted's wedding even though she RSVP'd "no". Ted actually got married, but at some point between 2014 and about 2025 (6 years before the story-telling) the mother dies, presumably of a "mystery illness" that is talked about for around 30 seconds. The kids tell Ted to phone Robin as all they took from the story was Ted telling them about how he was totally in love with Robin the whole time, and not a simple "this is how I met your mother" story (because, let's face it, she gets about as much screen time as each one of Barney's one-night stands). Ted takes a blue french horn to Robin's apartment and the series ends.
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9 years of a story of how Ted met the love of his life, and the mother of his children, only to learn little to nothing about her and have her die without mention of how. Then have Ted just end up with the bar skank known as Robbin.
Barney, the most unattached human being ever, couldn't make it work with Robbin because of her traveling. How is a hopeless romantic like Ted supposed to make it work? Especially after what the mother, and Ted's destiny, was supposed to have meant to him.
Worst series final I have ever seen.
Hated the finale. Almost sorry I ever watched the show.
Spoilered for finale
I think that no matter how it ended up, that it wasn't going to get a positive response. Just the nature of the show kind of built up to a single moment that was never going to be and couldn't be big enough to build up after nine years. So it's hard to say it was disappointing when "hello" is the finale and the entire point of the show.
I'm more curious about what people thought about Barney and Robin. I loved Barney's conclusion with him having a kid. Though, think about it. Yes, contraceptives are never going to be 100%. But of all people, Barney would be the one to make sure that getting a girl pregnant would never happen. Plus, he would also be the one willing to pay for an abortion. And we don't hear about the mother of his kid either, so we don't know what happens there. BUT, when he grabbed his kid and repeated what he said he'd never say, that was the point where I lost it. This is just one of those things where you know a character for so long, you can just see the feelings. I could not give less of a shit about kids in general, but I couldn't hold it in there.
The mother reveal as a whole wasn't all that big to begin with. Since it built up over a whole season, it wasn't really a shocking thing. Plus, it was somebody we had never seen before, so there was no "oh my god, it's HER" kind of thing. So the big moment of the show comes when you learn that Tracy is dead. The "mother" is Tracy, but the whole thing comes to a different point, in that Ted and Robin DO end up together. Well, assuming anyway. So, THAT becomes the big reveal. Was it satisfactory? Well, maybe. I mean, it's tricky. In that the writers tricked us. They said she wasn't the mother. But they knew they were going to end up together. I guess it's ok. I like the reaction from the kids for Ted to call Robin. Makes me wonder when she stopped traveling though. If she's still doing world news, then it's just gonna end up the same as what happened to Barney.
With that said, now the show feels incomplete. They forced a lot of future stuff into the last episode, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Which is sad. They had nine years to tell it. Now, the interesting parts aren't going to happen on screen. I say we need another spin-off, except, you know, all the same characters. But oh well.
I really hated the last season, but loved the finale.
Throughout the entirety of the show of the show, it always felt like Ted and Robin were meant to be together, and even thought I always "knew" (pretty much from the 2nd episode when he refers to her as Aunt Robin to the kids) they wouldn't end up together, the show had a unique way of keeping me hoping that they would.
I think the way it ended lets the show express themes like:
- There is something romantic about destiny
- You never know how life will turn out
- Romance knows no age
I think if they had gone with the... "3 married couples living it up happily ever after" ending, it would've been bland and unimaginative.
The daughter really put it best, this was never a story about how he met their mother. It was always a show about his years of being in love with Robin.
Last thing I'd say is: a story going full circle is a perfectly acceptable ending for me.
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I loved it, probably out of nostalgia more than the finale itself.
I.. always had a feeling Robin will end up with Ted. Marshall won his bet, in the end ( he bets Ted and Robin -will- end up together )..
I only wish instead of Girl 31, Barney would've ended up with Nora. I think she was great for him and wanted to see her again.
Also damn you Milloti for saying The Mother doesn't die and calling the theory insane.
I have never ever understood why so many people like this show.
It has an idiotic premise, paper thin characters and the writing is abysmal. Even Two and a Half Men is funnier than this train wreck.
Only positives are some of the cast, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan in particular. Not much they can do with the corny material they have to deliver though.
It was obvious The Mother was dying since a few episodes again when she asks '' What kind of mother misses her daughter's wedding... '' and Ted starts crying.
I mean, really. You should have seen it coming.
And what's Ted supposed to do? Grow old and senile alone?
In the end, they're all happy.
Marshall and Lily went to Italy, Barney finally found the love of his life ( though I still wanted Nora ) and Ted and Robin are happy.
Everyone ended up with their first love ( even if, in death ).
I kind of thought the kids were pretty flip about their mother being dead and Ted moving on. Like, jarringly so.
From a storytelling point of view, I don't mind the premise of it. The daughter is right, the mother is on-screen too little to be the true subject of the story. But the very premise of the show is the destiny those two shared on their way to each other. To have said destiny dismissed by some mystery illness before the kids are even teenagers (rough estimate) and have Ted end up with Robin, a coupling which has defied destiny every step of the way in this story, kind of flies in the face of the series. To have it simply put aside (by the kids in the show, by the writers in reality) as really just an excuse for how much he likes Robin....that's weak.
Also, literally the last two years of this series was about Barney and Robin defying odds to get married, and it was dismissed in one episode? WTF?