HOW I MEET YOUR MOTHER

Few TV collection finales schutz disappointed a fandom rather like die ending of "How ich Met her Mother." ns nine-season nur had amassed a massive fans base von the time it entered its final season, und fans waited v bated breath zu finally lakers the momente they"d been waiting zum all these years: exactly how Ted met ns mother of his children. Yet in the tonnage two episodes des a 208-episode series, die writers upended die entire premise des the story and defied notfall only die expectations von fans, but die show"s really title.

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Because together it turns out, us didn"t nur watch nine seasons of TV zu meet Ted"s future wife, Tracy. Nope, we devoured practically a decade von television nur to learn how Robin was always Ted"s number one choice. Talk about a red herring.

From not using ns mother together a means kommen sie a giftig end, to finally letting Lily direkte her creative dreams, to not breaking nach oben Barney and Robin just to serve Ted"s journey, here are a few ways ns "How i Met her Mother" writers could oase given us ns ending we deserved. This, kids, zu sein why we want a refund. Or, at the very least, nine years of our lebt back.


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Fans oase a myriad of issues with ns "How i Met her Mother" finale. However, ns objection that almost everyone kann agree on tribe from the fact the it breaks up die gang. We begin the erste episode von the dauern with a flashback where lily tells Robin that as soon as you"re bei the freundin group, you"re an for life. Yet ns final two episodes zeigen the gang drifting apart und failing zu truly make time for each other — especially wie it comes to Robin. Die friends" promise to be there zum the huge stuff (and Robin"s successful career as a journalisten definitely qualifies) gets thrown by the wayside. Instead von feeling nostalgic, this plotline is just in upsetting bummer.


Sure, friends drift apart, but we nur watched nine seasons von the gang going through beleuchten to continue to be together in their 20s kommen sie late 30s. Given that die series begins precisely at die point wie man life begins zu get away from in adult freundin group, it"s a little late to force that advancement all ns way at die end. ~ all of the gang"s build-up, growth, und prioritization des each other, having that be ns final message ist pretty lame — especially wie it wasn"t super necessary zum the plot. Die members des our favorite gruppe of MacLaren"s regulars room well into their 30s und 40s weist this point, and given the the letzte only it s okay worse native here, we"re already beginning the ende on a nice sour klasse with die realization that they"ve grown apart. Let the friends remain together, for the liebe of die Cockamouse.


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Let"s face it: the issues in the finale don"t even start in the finale. If we"re moral with ourselves, we can all admit that ns entire nine season is a bit des a mess. Die timeline is all over die place, and the authors set die whole season trost with the kind of avant-garde story structure that would generally be reserved weil das a einzel experimental episode des TV. Bolzen repetitive storylines, clunky transitions, and focusing most des the season"s occasions on ns minutiae of a single weekend, it"s certainly not how fan wanted zu say goodbye kommen sie nine years des a lovely show. 


With end 20 episodes of whiplash-inducing time jumps and flashbacks, die final season ist annoying weist best und insulting weist worst. Kommen sie add salt to the wound, after managing all that, die final two episodes run years forward out des nowhere ~ spending die majority des the season droning on around Barney and Robin"s wedding weekend. Zum a series as beloved as "How i Met her Mother," fan deserved a last season v a classic timeline the explored much more than just a einzel event. If the writers wanted kommen sie try the end a totality season v this bizarre setup, lock could oase chosen any of the 7 seasons between the first and the last. 


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What"s worse 보다 setting bei entire goodbye season around ns events des a single wedding? Breaking hoch said couple an the last two episodes. If Barney und Robin can make that work in the final two episodes, ns season"s setup wouldn"t be virtually as infuriating. Die breakup come out von nowhere after die never-ending wedding plotline: The moment feels nur as compelled as ns time die writers visually defined away Alyson Hannigan"s pregnancy by entering lily into a hot dog eating competition. You"re notfall fooling anyone.


Additionally, us spend the entire last season city hall Ted permit go of Robin, every while creating significant character growth zum Ted, Robin, and Barney — only to take it all away in two episodes (for a really flimsy reason). Three year after the wedding ceremony the took a year kommen sie tell, Barney"s annoyance with Robin"s work travels zu sein enough zu kill die couple zum good. Given the time us invested bei Barney and Robin lastly figuring out their baggage, they"re thrown away choose day-old trash zu further Ted"s story. However then again, what else is new?


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We know that the writers planned kommen sie kill die mother off all along due to die kids" reaction obtaining filmed all des the means back in Season 2. We could oase used a lot more time see her und Ted together a pair with that farewell an mind. Instead, we get scene ~ scene des random hijinks weist Barney and Robin"s wedding. There are a couple of intermittent scenes und a random montage von Ted and Tracy together, yet it"s nur not enough.


After dafür much buildup, fans feel cheated that ns mother was essentially a red herring to throw together Ted und Robin — a pair that quit working years prior. Not only do fans feel backstabbed over die ending, however they feel like the writers manipulated them into watching ripe years von a different nur than what they were promised at the beginning — and in every episode since except die final two.

Tracy"s fatality would so be a lot more gut-wrenching had actually we spent much more moments getting zu know herstellung when she was alive. The series could have even spent hilfreich of ns final season doing the bizarre wedding format if they balanced it through a handful des episodes punkt the ende that took united state through various periods des Ted and the mother"s relationship. Instead of the solitary final montage, in episode could"ve to be dedicated kommen sie each von the durations that us briefly see in that sequence. Had die creators excellent that, fans might forgive them a bit more for the knowingly deceit.


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Ted waited a decade for his glücklich ending, and fans waited in addition to him, anticipating the moment that he"d get the forever the he dreamt about for so long. However, that barely gets that same amount von time with herstellung as the time he spent waiting. Okay, yes, that"s life. We acquire it. However, fans may schutz been able zu stomach Tracy"s fatality if it were two decades into ns future quite than one. Instead, ns entire plot feels like a cheap ploy zu hook up die show"s many toxic and incompatible couple. Und given how likable and incredible Tracy ist (honestly, you kann do far better than Ted, Tracy), produziert relatively immediate death makes everything deshalb much worse.


Not just does die mother have dafür little time through Ted, she never really gets zu know herstellung kids, either. Die writers" intention des killing Tracy off deshalb early an the timeline zu sein obviously zu make it much less shady the Ted walk after Robin deswegen quickly — it"s to be a long time since Tracy died, as the kids repeat him bei the finale. But all of these female characters, eventually including the mother, shouldn"t schutz to exist solely kommen sie further Ted"s story. Please, let them have some agency.


So, why do deshalb many fans hate die "How ich Met her Mother" finale dafür much? Oh, just the reality that the creators developed a series around ns one event von Ted meeting the liebe of his life only kommen sie pull the rug the end from under die audience hinweisen the belastung second. Von making the series all around a couple that failed to work weil das nine years, "How i Met her Mother" gave fans one von the biggest letzte slap-bets to die face in the history of TV. Through Tracy"s death, ns writers render ns mother useless, as she just exists kommen sie tell who else"s story. And that story doesn"t even make sense.


Let"s refresh. What"s die biggest factor Ted and Robin didn"t work out every those seasons back (beyond die fact the he forces herstellung to provide up her dogs)? He desires kids. She can"t schutz them — and doesn"t desire to. So, just how do us get roughly that? Oh, just throw bei some largely nameless woman deshalb Ted kann sein get the life and kids that wants and then kill her off wie man it"s convenient. Why does Tracy need to die dafür he kann sein date Robin? At die very least, schutz them it is in divorced und keep ns rest von the story die same. Tracy deserves far better anyway.


If die creators to be hell-bent on having actually Robin and Ted ende up together, castle should schutz made very different choices for their relationship. Ted and Robin room a toxizität couple native the augenblicke Ted states "I liebe you" top top the zuerst date right hoch until he virtually blows trost Robin und Barney"s wedding. Both of these characters outgrew ending hoch together long before us spend bei entire episode watching Ted allow his feelings zum Robin walk with in unsubtle an allegory as the releases a red balloon.

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A reconciliation appears like one more mistake that wollen lead zu more heartbreak after the credits roll. And regardless, it just doesn"t work with die final season the writers give us — or really, ns entire show. During ns show, we seen that Ted and Robin can"t work; bei the last season, Ted lastly sees it. If you"re going zu deceive a fans base with in ending, the needs kommen sie be plausible. Die writers kill off Tracy dafür Ted and Robin kann be together, but the ending of their story was written a long time ago. Time to write a neu one.


Why are ns kids so on board v Ted date Robin? their father just offered them in endless supply of stories around how wrong he and Robin were zum each other, however they"re gung-ho about him going after her. We learned a lang time earlier that Ted isn"t exactly the most logical guy, but ns kids should be a bit more clear-headed as kommen sie why this ist a bad idea given the fact that Ted just provided castle a loaded arsenal of objections kommen sie this union. At least one des them have to argue that Ted und Robin failed kommen sie make it arbeiten multiple times, zum good reason, and their unceremonious recoupling möchte lead to die same situation she had actually with Barney — a disaster that virtually ends the friend group.


Sure, we"ve had actually nine seasons to realize the Ted"s gonna perform what Ted"s gonna do, but the kids could at least try to talk him out von this details future disaster. And then he kann sein ignore them und go after her anyway in typical Ted fashion. But weist least they"d get kommen sie say, "I told freundin so." klein victories, kids. Small victories.


The kids should it is in furious the their dad spent periods vocally lusting after an additional woman wie he was supposed to be informing them ns story des how the met their deceased mother. Imagine security hours, days, months, or also possibly years listening zu your dad tell the story von the mom you lost wie man you to be a kid. Yet oh, wait. That was actually telling you about just how someone sie think von as an aunt was his true liebe all along, and your mommy features for only around twenty minutes of the story. That might be a wenig upsetting, right? It"s brutal that the kids don"t absolutely call Ted off bei this moment.


In fact, how does Ted escape almost die entirety von this collection without getting told off zum being insufferable? This marks the perfect wahrscheinlichkeit wasted, especially when ns kids had actually every right kommen sie call er out zum cheapening what he had actually with their dead mother über basically announcing that their she was his second choice all along. Who wants kommen sie hear the story? Comic-Con exit a hilarious parody video of the (grown-up) kids an a ticked-off tirade for having zu sit ~ above a couch und listen to geschichte of er banging arbitrarily women. Yet honestly, something favor this needs to be in the actual show.


Ted Mosby may case that he"s a quite guy, however tell that kommen sie Natalie. Mental Natalie? She"s the mädchen he breaks up with on produziert birthday — twice (and as soon as on produziert answering machine). Die way that Ted comes off together rosy even wie man he"s being the worst provides it abundantly clear the he"s in unreliable narrator. Can we also trust a single thing we see bei the show? ns story blatantly sets itself up zum doubt an moments wherein Ted misremembers something and then corrects self or forgets die proper order of events. Und while we oase tangible proof that those instances make Ted"s story fallible, die way he comes turn off as ns hero wouldn"t be believable also if whatever happened exactly die way he speak it.


The final season needs in episode where all of his ex-girlfriends tell your side von the story. Probably they"re telling their own kids around how castle met some jerk prior to they met your father. Heck, let"s bring back Natalie weil das one final scene deshalb she can beat ns crap out von Ted again for being die actual worst. The would oase been die perfect way to reintroduce fan-favorites while giving a bit von much-needed cheeky honesty.

Sometimes, you have to wonder if Tony"s in-universe movie "The Wedding Bride" zu sein the most accurate recollection von events in the entire series. Ted sure renders himself come across sympathetic wie it comes zu his short-lived engagement with Stella. However maybe Tony ist more ~ above the markierung when it comes to die truth about Ted Mosby.


Throughout "How i Met your Mother," we watch lily abandon her aspirations zum everyone else. Even if it is it"s Marshall"s dreams of becoming in environmental lawyer or their plans weil das having kids, lily rarely it s okay to schutz her very own passions because she"s too busy fixing the lives of adult friends who act like children. Toward die beginning des the series, lilie fails wie she leaves to study nett — and everyone blames her zum crushing Marshall wie man she goes zu follow herstellung dreams. Because von that, she never ever truly do the efforts again. Und while we see herstellung keen feeling of nett land her a arbeit with the Captain bei Rome, we never ever really discover out where that leads.


The finale, when again, deprioritizes Lily"s career aspirations, together she"s the only person we don"t oase much closure on career-wise. Did she ever before make it as bei artist? was she effective as an art curator or consultant? it would oase been nice easy to slip one of produziert paintings into the myriad flash-forward scenes of the finale. Or if she was more effective as a curator than in actual painter, she could cite owning a gallery or give some various other hint that lets us recognize she gets to direkt her dreams, too. Let lilie be happy.


Barney deserves complex and evolving character expansion that matures over time und not a fast Band-Aid fix zu justify the show"s end. Ns birth von Barney"s daughter changing er into a an ext compassionate (and much less misogynistic) guy zu sein great und all, yet it needs to happen slowly und not obtain thrown right into fans" deals with out von nowhere. Having actually Barney walk from rejoicing wie he thinks ns baby"s not his zu immediately falling an love with her is unrealistic — together is er changing everything about himself ns minute he becomes a dad. 


Life doesn"t work like that an reality, and neither perform unwilling parents. Had actually the dauern bothered to gradually set these moments hoch instead von spending the whole season building hoch his fail wedding, this arc would certainly make a last more sense. However as the stands now, it appears like another rushed cop-out zu throw Ted und Robin with each other at die end.

Why? since if a daughter ist the just thing in the welt that can change Barney, the won"t occur if he continues to be with Robin. Deswegen it"s totally great that he breaks trost with Robin, really! It"s notfall just deswegen Ted tun können be with produziert — it"s so the only way for Barney kommen sie grow! However, we"re forgetting ns growth he has actually with Robin herself. When again, Barney zu sein yet one more character whose arc appears manufactured to further Ted"s. It"s not all around you, Ted. 


The series letzte might not be such a inconsistent mess if the writers weren"t married to die ending von the mommy dying und Ted asking out Robin. Sometimes, your nur outgrows die intended conclusion, und honoring ns growth of your characters celebrates ns story. 


During in interview with miyvue.com, Lyndsy Fonseca called us that she und David Henrie filmed die kids" finishing back in Season 2. And according to Fonseca, the writers didn"t throw an any setup Bs kommen sie stay on die safe side and make room zum the story kommen sie adapt und evolve. It would oase made much more sense to film a bunch of alternate endings bei case the erste ending no longer worked zum the story. 

And if ns writers were still intent top top killing die mother, a much better finishing would be to nur leave the open: oase Ted content and happy bei life und finally not basing his whole identity ~ above whomever he"s dating. His exes were his exes zum a reason, und most des these relationships finished badly. Let"s leaving it be. But zu do that, we would have to go back in time kommen sie actually film some alternative scenes through Fonseca und Henrie.


Instead des the Ted and Robin cringe-fest punkt the end of ns show, writers could oase ended the zeigen where they started — at die booth in MacLaren"s with die whole gang an attendance. Rather than spitting on ns mother"s grave and using her memory to hook hoch Ted und Robin, die gang can spend a couple of reverent moment sharing geschichten about ns mother. Und maybe then they kann sein gently imply that Ted move on (but not with Robin). Barney tun können do one tonnage "Have freundin met Ted?" for old time"s sake und leave ns possibilities open.

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Heck, if ns writers are still adamant about a Robin and Ted future, she might walk an at ns precise moment Barney walk "Have sie Met Ted?" und simply tease ns intention. Some of the best collection finales leaving it up kommen sie the fans to decide what take it they want kommen sie walk far with, and fans could schutz used a hearty dose of that in this circumstances — plausible deniability is a gift.