How I Wish You Met Your Mother

The TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother ended last week, and I'll admit that I was in that majority which hated, hated, HATED the season fi...

The TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother ended last week, and I'll admit that I was in that majority which hated, hated, HATED the season finale. Is this what I spent close to 6 years of my life waiting for?


I started watching HIMYM right after I finished watching reruns of all 10 seasons of Friends from start to end which was sometime around 2007. Looking back, I ought have just watched all ten seasons of Friends again. Let me put down what I hated about the finale. It's full of spoilers, but in my opinion, the entire finale episode was a spoiler.


1. WTF BARNEY AND ROBIN:
Two people, both wary of commitment, but completely in love with each other, getting married and living happily ever after. After watching season after season of Barney and Robin pining for each other, being perfect together and screwing it up and then getting back together again and screwing it up and getting back together in the most perfect way, after watching AN ENTIRE FREAKIN' SEASON dedicated exclusively to their wedding and how their love is true and forever, they're made to divorce in an exceptionally lame way.


2. WTF MOTHERKILLERS
Let's write a show on based around a character. Let's never show that character for 8 years. Let's make the audience crazy by driving the show into becoming a steaming pile of garbage, knowing that they will stick on *just* for that character. Let's introduce her, let's make the viewers fall completely in love with her, while making them think about how perfect she is for the guy who's been narrating the story of how he met her for 8 years, and then, LET'S KILL HER.

Replace Chucky with Carter Bays. 
3. WTF TED'S KIDS
You guys are like the worst kids ever, and should be grounded, and made to listen to the story of how your dad met your mother all over again.

4. WTF MARSHALL AND LILY
Kidding. Those two managed to stay adorable.


Anyway, that ends this rant. There are a lot of other fans who thought that the ending "made sense" and was "realistic" and that irrespective of how the show ended, there would always be criticism. Uh, no. If it had ended the manner it had been building itself up to, there was only one way it could've finished. No twists, no gimmicks, and no blue fucking french horns.


UPDATE:
Apparently the video has been taken off due to copyright violations. The alternate ending goes like this - There's the wedding scene where Ted talks about how much he loves Tracy and how he'll love her forever, and it cuts to the Farhampton station where they have their first conversation, cuts back to Ted saying "And that kids, is how I met your mother" and the credits roll. No plot twists, just a mushy, grin inducing happy ending. Call it cliched, but why is it so wrong to go the predictable route? Not everything has to have a twist, or an explosion or death or divorce.I mean, this was a show some of us took life lessons from! I can't believe the writers thought it would be okay for Ted to be in love/obsessed with Robin THE WHOLE FREAKIN' TIME he was with Tracy and that Tracy herself was just some consolation prize. It's not okay for someone to be romantically obsessed with an another person for years together. If this is how the writers wanted the show to end, I hope it was because they had written a sequel series titled "How I Met My Psychiatrist".


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  1. Same boat as you are in. Couldn't help but rant about it myself -

    http://fullyrandomandabstract.blogspot.com/2014/04/himym-read-how-show-got-massacred.html

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  2. Yea well karma has a funny way to screw things up - but to your second point although i didnt really 'fall in love' with the character i did feel tht the finale did not do justice to the character. Also her death was super convenient. i feltlike they stole a scene out of 'Kuch kuch hota hai'

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  3. It should have been titled "HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER AND THEN MARRIED YOUR AUNT ROBIN AFTER YOUR MOTHER DIED"

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  4. Suppose the series ended the way everyone expected it would, then the rants would have been like ' What I waited 5 years of my life for this fucking cliche' :D
    I am not for or against the finale...just saying that whatever it could have been it would never satisfy everybody :-)

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  5. Barney and Robin were really not meant to be together so their divorce is completely reasonable but why kill the mother??? and even her death wasn't shown. Also why bring Ted and Robin together again?? very unreasonable ending.

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  6. I totally second you there... the ending SUCKED big time! I was ok with Barney and Robin splitting up, Even mother dying was ok..but Ted and Robin coming back together was just....naah!

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  7. It was a stupid ending. I can't understand how they can be not awkward at all with all the emotional swings between people.

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  8. I have finished watching FRIENDS recently and loved it. Doubtful about whether I should watch HIMYM after reading this!

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