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How I Met Your Mother – Last Forever – Why was this the worst ending ever?
HIMYM Season 9 on Amazon
Finally getting closure
How I Met Your Mother was my second favourite sitcom (after Friends, obviously) for the past nine years. But last night, it all suddenly changed. In the following article I will try to summarize why I feel like this 2-part finale ruined completely everything that it built up during the past years.
Please note that I don’t want to argue with anyone here, as I really believe this whole series meant different things and caused different feeling for everyone – and all in all, it is just a sitcom -, although being a comedy was totally forgotten in these last 2 episodes. It was neither a happy end, nor a proper closure, in my opinion. Here is why:
Legen-dary HIMYM men's T-Shirt on Amazon
HIMYM finale is going to be Legen... wait for it... keep waiting... keep waiting... a bit more... agh, never mind...
So last night I finally managed to see the 2-part finale of How I Met Your Mother, the long waited episode where Ted finally met the mother. I have to admit, I am completely bummed. I feel like we, viewers (or at least, judging from the comments, most of us) deserved much-much better. Why is that? Let me go through the problems one by one.
The whole last season’s plot was around a weekend (48 hours) of a wedding that didn’t even last 2 years after the vows. On the other hand, the final 2 episodes wrapped up like 16 years within 40 minutes.
Ted was looking for his soulmate for 9 years only to find out in the end it was always Robin. Well, yes, seemingly they are not soulmates, but I really feel like Ted only decided to pat the mother on her shoulder because he was very sad after having to let Robin go and see her getting married with Barney. The whole story with the locket and Robin freaking out just minutes before the wedding and questioning whether Ted is the right for her both were pointing towards this end, although I was very much hoping the writers are already past this old ‘neither with her, nor without her’ relationship. It just grew waaaaay too old, already in the 3-4th season, I think.
Robin was always a careerist, never wanted any kids – and as it turned out, she was not able to have kids at all. Meanwhile Ted always wanted a big family and a wife whom he can idolise and love with all his heart. Robin and Ted were definitely not meant to be a couple, period. Moreover, not after all those episodes where Ted was left heartbroken because Robin always chose the easier way instead of being together with him or fighting for their relationship. Robin NEVER deserved Ted. He deserved someone much better. Like the Mother.
The Bro Code by Barney Stinson
But yes, sadly, it was also a huge hint when it turned out Tracey (the Mother) had a huge love in her life already, Max, who died in a car accident. This kind of meant that Ted can’t be the love of her life, ‘the one’.
Also, the divorce of Barney and Robin left me completely disappointed. They divorced 2 years after they got married (although Barney said it lasted 3 years –, I guess he was talking about their whole relationship), only because Robin was still waaay too career-oriented and only cared about her work and (apparently) sex, meanwhile Barney (!) wanted something more. A more calm, travel-less life with her. This completely shows me, that Robin never really loved Barney. She just felt he would give more excitement to her life than Ted would ever do – and also, Barney never wanted a family.
Robin’s relationship in the future with the gang is also very disappointing. She always behaved like she and Lily were BFFs, just so it can turn out that she didn’t even care about them moving out of the flat and having a third kid. She was only moved by seeing Ted happy with Tracey... and she almost left without saying ‘Bye’ to Lily... After the last episode it seems that she has barely spoken to Marshall and Lily at all for almost a decade.
Another bummer is Barney. During the last 3 seasons Barney went through a complete development of his character, by leaving the girl-hunting years behind and becoming a more mature and sensitive man who is ready to settle down with someone (Quinn at first, then Robin), just to finally turn back into a womanizing prick, who is only capable of loving his daughter, no one else. At this moment, after seeing the finale all I feel is sorry for him. I think even with his daughter’s love, he won’t ever be a ‘normal’ and happy person. Never ever. The daughter was born after a one-night stand, so I can’t imagine Barney and the mother of his daughter living a happy life; therefore I can’t imagine him being able to spend as much time with his daughter as he wants.
Barney's Ducky Tie on Amazon
Back to Ted. He fell into his own trap, as it seems. He got together with Tracey right after Robin’s and Barney’s wedding – probably only to get over Robin. He also managed to knock Tracey up, and right after having the first kid, the other was on its way as well. And then, here’s the trap: Ted found out that the marriage of Barney and Robin is over, but it was too late, he already had two kids from Tracey, so his moral obligations MADE him marry her. All in all, he always wanted a family... Seeing the ‘family’ photos about them in the end kind of left me with a feeling that they liked each other and were happy together, but they didn’t feel real, ‘stronger than everything’ LOVE. No charming family pictures, no great moments, just photos about them having a Sunday nap, or smiling and partying, like two friends could do, anyway. No fire. I just didn’t feel it. Therefore it was almost ‘necessary’ for the Mother to die.
Seeing the last episode felt like Ted was only telling this whole 9-year long story of How I Met Your Mother to the kids to make them say what he always wanted to hear: ‘Go for aunt Robin, call her!’. The conversation between Ted and his daughter also completely shows this:
- Ted: ‘And that kids, is How I Met Your Mother.’
- Penny: ‘That’s it?’
- Ted: ‘That’s it.’
- Penny: ‘No, I don’t buy it. That is not the reason you made us listen to this.’
- Ted: ‘Ohh really? Then what’s the reason?’
- Penny: ‘Let’s look at the facts here. You made us sit down and listen to this story of how you met Mom. Yet Mom is hardly in the story. No. This is the story about how you are totally in love with aunt Robin. And you are thinking about asking her out. You wanna know if we are okay with it.’
So all in all, it was never about the Mother. It was always about Robin.
I think the writers made an enormous mistake by sticking to the same ending all the way long. They already made up this ending about Ted getting together with Robin in the end of the first season, and just stuck to it, no matter if the storyline and the whole sitcom outgrew that ending long-long time ago. They had to walk back a LOT in the characters’ development just to get to that ending. They should have gotten an intervention, for sure.
I really find it impossible to believe that two kids, even after 6 years of their Mom’s death are just going to listen to this story, without getting angry at their Dad. And moreover, eventually, in the end, they would even give their blessing for this relationship? Mom was just a pawn until aunt Robin felt like she is able to settle... Good think Mom died by this time... Nonsense.
Some people say this ending is realistic. Yes, the end became very lifelike and I don’t really have a problem by actually killing off poor Mom. I just hate the way they did it and went back to the same old story. And with this ending, I don’t really get the ‘comedy’ in ‘sitcom’.
Anyway. Today I’ve seen an older episode of HIMYM in TV. The episode in which Ted learns how to rain dance and surprises Robin with a band (quartet) playing on blue musical instruments. I have to admit, knowing how this whole series will end, I felt sorry for Barney, was disappointed in Ted and hated Robin. And I don’t think this will ever change again...
An Alternate ending?
Carter Bays, the show's executive producer and co-creator tweeted some interesting news on the 5th of April (2014), only 5 days after airing the last episode of the series.
Here's his tweet:
And a few hours later, the other executive producer and creator, Craig Thomas posted 2 tweets, one for the fans who actually liked the ending of the series, and one for those, who did not, providing some sort of reassurance for the latter fans.
Here are these tweets:
The complete HIMYM series on Amazon
So it seems like they were counting on the 'rage' of the public after this demoralizing ending and they have already came up with an ending that will hopefully please the heartbroken fans.
Or airing this ending was only a very clever marketing trick to make more and more fans buy the complete DVD set (find it in the Amazon ad right from here) that comes out this fall (2014).
Who knows? :)
How I Met Your Mother - final episode, ending scene
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