Has there ever been a more divisive finale than the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ series finale? Fans were either outraged or thrilled — there is no middle ground — by the shocking ending. We think it ended just as it should have, and that all this hate is much ado about nothing. Do you agree?
How I Met Your Mother fans — we hear you. A lot of you were upset by the genuinely shocking series finale, but I think that it was the perfect way to cap off the 9 seasons we’ve spent with Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), listening to him tell his two children all about how he met their mother. And for those of you who felt cheated by the finale, we’re definitely with you on one point: Barney Stinson’s (Neil Patrick Harris‘) character was dealt a bad hand. Read on for more about why I think you’re all crazy for being so upset, but SPOILERS are below for those who have been living under a rock since the finale aired March 31!
‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale: There’s Nothing Wrong With Ted Ending Up With Robin
As many fans had predicted, the mother (Tracy Mosby, née McConnell, portrayed by Cristin Milioti) has been dead the entire time that Ted has been telling his story. And to that I say… so? Seriously — is that such a big deal? The series premiered in 2005 and we only properly met the mother in 2013, in the show’s 8th season. We’ve known Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) since the beginning — why wouldn’t we want to root for her happiness with Ted, if that’s what the two characters want? And they do.
Since Ted has been telling his story, the mother has been dead for 6 years. As his daughter Penny (Lyndsy Fonseca) told her father, it was “time” for Ted to go after Robin. It doesn’t disrespect the memory of their mother, nor the story we’ve been hearing for nine years, for Ted to appear below Robin’s window in 2030.
It doesn’t mean that Ted didn’t love Tracy — this is what a lot of fans are upset about. That, and the fact that it appears to perpetuate the idea that women are like a prize in a cereal box — given enough time and persistence, they’re all yours! However, that’s not what happened here. Robin pursued her own life, love, and career, as did Ted — and in the end, they found each other after the very same kind of extraordinary coincidences that landed Ted with Tracy in the first place.
‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale: People Fall In And Out Of Love — It Happens; Get Over It
The show is called How I Met Your Mother, not, How I Met And Stayed Together With Your Mother Until We Both Died In Our Sleep At 93 Years Old, Hands Clasped Together Even In Death.
Even if the mother hadn’t died, I mean, the divorce rate in the United States is like 50%. If it happened to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin and to Robin and Barney, it could have happened to Ted and Tracy, too. Would fans have been more or less annoyed if they had gotten divorced? Hey, Ashton Kutcher was once married to Demi Moore and now he’s engaged to Mila Kunis — does that mean he was in love with her all of his life? Probably not. (I bring up real people as examples because I cannot be convinced that TV isn’t real life.)
Basically, my point is that life isn’t linear; it doesn’t follow a straight line or a set path. Ted and Robin fell in and out of love a few times over the course of HIMYM‘s nine-season run, and now they’re back in love. It doesn’t mean that he was pining after her all this time, nor does it mean that he didn’t truly love Tracy.
And finally, to disgress just a tiny bit because this is “Amanda Says” and I do what I want, the only part of the series finale that I truly took issue with is Barney’s storyline. After Barney and Robin’s divorce, Barney totally slid back into his partying, manchild ways. Sure, it meant that he got some stranger pregnant and the birth of his child changed him back into a mature adult, but it totally cheapened his once-meaningful relationship with Robin.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Were you satisfied by the ending, or did you hate it? Do you agree with me, or do I need to look behind my shoulder, as always? Let me know.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner