How I Met Your Mother Series Finale Review: 5 Big Shockers

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First off, if you haven't watched the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, STOP READING NOW.  Spoilers ahead! 

Consider yourself warned....

There were plenty of surprises in "Last Forever," but most of all it taught us that almost nothing actually lasts forever. How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 23 opened with Ted saying goodbye to his friends as he planned to leave for Chicago. 

Robin and Ted did their goofy salute. Marshall made jokes. Lily cried and got an ET goodbye that was just a little creepy and Ted and Barney did a high-five to echo throughout eternity.  All of it seemed a fitting end. 

Until Ted showed up back at MacLaren's the very next day. 

The old lady on the train platform pointing out the beautiful girl with the yellow umbrella holding the bass was the perfect foil for Ted. And I loved how Ted kept telling her…

Just be cool, Lady. Damn.


Because Ted was anything but. The next day, Marshall worried about his friend. That Ted keeps doing this. He falls too hard too fast and scares off his potential love. But Lily could see it. This was different.  This was destiny calling.

Just as I was riding the high of true love, things took a turn.  

Big Shocker #1: After three years of marriage, Robin and Barney weren't happy. She was traveling around the world for her dream job but Barney was getting left in the dust. When Robin offered him an exit ramp from their marriage, I never expected that he'd take it.

When the two announced to their friends that they had divorced. I, like Lily was devastated. 

I've been a huge fan of Barney and Robin since they got together the first time and although I never expected their marriage to be easy, I truly believed it would last. 

So as How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 24 opened, I was more than I little ticked off. We'd just spent an entire season leading up to Barney and Robin's wonderful wedding, only to have their entire relationship dismantled in the matter of minutes. 

Lily made them all promise to always be there for the big moments but it would never be the same. 

Lily and Marshall eventually had to move from their beloved apartment when their third child was on the way. After years of enduring a miserable existence in corporate law, Marshall finally became a judge and eventually ran for State Supreme Court. I expected nothing less.

Barney reverted back to chasing anything in a skirt. As he explained to Lily in this How I Met Your Mother quote

If it wasn't going to happen with Robin, then it's not going to happen with anyone.


I found that heartbreaking. Barney truly loved Robin and as Lily pointed out, having a playbook at 40 was just sad. That's when we got to…

Big Shocker #2… As Barney lamented the loss of his "Clooney years" when #31 became pregnant, I couldn't help but smile. Somehow I always knew he'd make an amazing dad and if there was one female in the universe who was meant to capture his heart, it was baby Ella. 

You are the love of my life. Everything I have and everything I am is yours. Forever.


Nothing was funnier than watching Barney Stinson, the life of any party beg to go home at 9:45pm so he could get some much needed sleep. 

Big Shocker # 3 was that Ted and Tracy (The Mother) still weren't married after having two children. What on earth were they waiting for?

I'd get married tomorrow in a White Castle but this guy needs more of a wow factor.

The Mother

After five years and two kids, the two finally decided to get married on a Thursday and they celebrated with their friends at MacLaren's instead of a castle in Europe. 

One of the things I loved about this scene was that Tracy was the one to make sure that Robin was there. Where so many of Ted's previous girlfriends were intimidated by Ted's relationship with Robin, Tracy wasn't. She knew it was important for Ted to have his best friend present on their big day. 

Big Shocker #4…As Ted finished telling his kids about he and their mother's romantic first meeting in the rain under the yellow umbrella, we find out that Tracy became ill and died six years earlier. I found that horribly sad. For as little screen time as they had together, they really did seem to make the perfect couple. 

Finally, we got to…

Big Shocker #5…The kids push Ted to pursue "Aunt Robin."  I had mixed feelings about this. I sort of hated that Robin was made out to be such a selfish loner for much of the finale. Not that there wasn't precedent for it. It was certainly within character. Robin was always career driven but I hated that she let that passion for her work end her marriage and drive a wedge between her and her friends. 

So, in the end I wasn't sold on a Ted and Robin pairing. I always believed that they were meant to be friends. The best of friends, but as a couple I'm still not sure they work. I suppose we'll really never know. But the reappearance of the French horn was a nice touch. 

Either way, I look back on the nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother with lots of smiles. I'm only sad that the story is over. 

What did you think, TV Fanatics. Should Ted and Robin have ended up as a couple?


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The final was awful hate the show


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Ok. So I just watched the finale (months late) on Amazon after binge watching the whole series over a couple of weeks. My basic thought is that the ending was written in the title. Very specifically the show is titled, "How I Met Your Mother," and not "How Your Mother and I Met." If the mother was "still in the picture" it would be unlikely that he would be telling this story to his children alone. I rather think they would have already heard the short version of how Ted and Tracy met from both parents before this extensive account. The beauty of the series is that it shows how these friends endured emotional setbacks - more real ones than on "Friends" - well into their 40s and evolved and regressed and remained friends on new terms. I have been friends with a Barney-type character. I know Marshall and Lilly couples. I have been the Ted Mosby who didn't have the courage to pursue my ambitions or the strength to endure as much he did to find two loves of his life and one or two "could-have-beens." It is nearly impossible to move on if "the one who got away" also stayed too close in your life. How Ted and Tracy had a happy life together is different story. This story was about everything leading up to meeting Tracy and about starting the next chapter after she was gone. Who wouldn't try to get "the one that almost was" again?


It wasn't a fairytale ending but it was a shocker and unexpected ending which if I were the writers would be glad of the effect it made. Little sad the mom has to go. part of me was really rooting for happily ever after but I'll take this. It was artistically good.


Robin wasn't being a selfish loner, exactly. Yeah, it was a little bitchy. But, at the same time, you had to see where she was coming from. Marshall and Lilly barely saw the others anymore because they were busy with three kids. Ted and Tracy had two kids and were married. She was clearly still in love with Ted. And on top of that, she had to deal with her exhusband hitting on girls where she could see, even if he had to decency to try to hide it compared to in the past when he just bragged about it in front of her, unaware of her feelings. I had mixed feelings about the episode. There was so much character development that was undone. A certain finale was hinted at in season 2. This last season revolving so heavily around the to-be-failed marriage of Barney and Robin was kind of annoying. There was just too much bs wish fulfillment for me.


For me, the last 3 minutes of the Finale 've never happened. period..


I believe that the characters (Except marshal and lilly) all did something that was not something that they would do, what i loved about the show is that all the characters stayed true to themselves. in last episode this is not the case. Besides that it was a good finale. the whole season being about the wedding and then having that dismantled in 5 minutes was the problem.
Tracy was a very good character and i believe that they shouldnt have killed her off. the show should have ended in their conversation under the umbrella. and left the future unknown, dont tell us if she died. No kids.
No robin.
leave that stuff to the imagination of the viewers


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WHY was there no gag about how Barney should have chosen a month with only 30 days to attempt his perfect month (after getting someone pregnant on the 31st day)?!? It was sitting there waiting to be said!


WHY was there no gag about how Barney should have chosen a month with only 30 days (after getting #31 pregnant) - it was right there waiting to be said!!

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