I should get this out my head while it’s fresh, so warning: How I Met Your Mother Finale spoilers below the picture.
This was a great show, and theoretically, it is a really great ending. There have been a lot of subtle hints that this was how it ended throughout the years. The problem is that we picked up on a lot of the hints. There have been people claiming that the mother was going to die, and claims that Ted would end up with Robin for years. And the show started with Ted going after Robin. The ending became incredibly predictable. And that isn’t the worst part. The worst part is, after so many years (and after meeting the mother, who is awesome and perfect for Ted), we wanted it to finally be okay. We wanted Ted to be happy. This isn’t Game of Thrones, it’s okay to have a happy ending once in awhile. I think if, at the end of the episode, the mother had walked in, and said something to the effect of “You guys have been in here for hours, what are you talking about?”, and the kids said “Dad was just boring us with the story of how you met,” and they kiss, and then end it, I’d be happier. But there’s no shock value in that (not that that should matter, but for some reason it does these days), so instead the mother needs to die. I’m fine with that. A bittersweet ending. Things don’t always go perfectly, and sometimes life sucks. “And that is how I met your mother.” That would have been a great ending, too, and would probably have left me in tears. But the show had to continue beyond that point. He had to go back for Robin. After an entire season of “Are Ted and Robin going to end up together?” and then finally “No, Ted is finally giving her up.” It feels like a stab in the back for Ted to go back to Robin. If most of Season 9 hadn’t existed, and Ted would have ended up with Robin after the mother’s death, it would have been okay. But all of that time building up to Ted finally giving up Robin, only to turn around and go after her again is not a satisfying ending.
I think that’s all I have to say about it. Here are some of my favorite Reddit posts on the subject.
Did you like the ending? Do you agree or disagree with any of my opinions? Let me know.