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‘HIMYM’: Fan-Made Alternate Ending Will Make You Happy — Watch

Wed, April 2, 2014 11:59am EDT by 23 Comments

Fans of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ — YouTube has got your back. If you want to pretend that the real ending never happened, click through to watch the fan-made alternate ending that toootally ignores the fact that Ted (Josh Radnor) ended up with Robin (Cobie Smulders).

For those still upset over the March 31 series finale of How I Met Your Mother, a fan has re-cut the ending to ignore the one that many felt not only cheapened the relationship between Ted (Josh Radnor) and the mother, Tracy (Cristin Milioti), but also the relationship between Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders). Even if you’re not angry about the real ending, click through to watch, anyway! Aren’t you kind of missing HIMYM from your lives already?

‘How I Met Your Mother’: Fan-Made Alternate Ending Cuts Out Controversial Finale

The fan-made alternate ending shows Ted meeting Tracy on that rainy train platform under the yellow umbrella, saying, “and that, kids, is how I met your mother,” and fading to black. No Robin & Ted, no death of the mother.

‘How I Met Your Mother’: Fans Petition To Change The Ending

Cutting out the final 2-3 minutes totally changes the real ending of How I Met Your Mother, which shocked pretty much the entire fanbase, and angered and alienated many. We weren’t too mad about it over here at, but everyone’s concerns are totally valid.

After all, fans who have been tuning in since the beginning deserve to have an ending they can be happy about, but really, with a fanbase this huge, can creators Carter Bays and Carter Thomas really have made everybody happy?

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Fans: There’s Always Fanon!

We hear you: Barney was kind of dealt a bad hand by having his character regress to his partying ways after his divorce from Robin, and it may have seemed as if the relationship between Tracy and Ted was cheapened by having him end up with Robin. Many are also upset by the fact that such a focus was placed on Barney and Robin’s relationship, only for their marriage — that we’ve spent the whole season watching unfold — crumble.

Would it have been better to watch a whole season of watching them break up? Or a whole season of watching Tracy fade away before her death? There are a million ways that the ending could have been written, and for people who are unhappy with how the official ending turned out? Never forget, TV fans: where canon has failed you, there’s always fanon. (We happen to live in a universe where Crystal Reed‘s character Allison Argent was never killed off of Teen Wolf. And there’s nothing wrong with that.)

What did you think of the alternate ending, HollywoodLifers? Better or worse than the real one? Will you be retreating into fanworks to pretend that the HIMYM finale never happened?

— Amanda Michelle Steiner

More ‘How I Met Your Mother’:

  1. ‘HIMYM’ Series Finale: Ted Ended Up With The Right Person
  2. ‘HIMYM’ Star David Henrie On The Finale: It Ended How It Should Have
  3. ‘HIMYM’ Series Finale: Does The Mother Die?