How I Met Your Mother Finale Thoughts: Why?!?

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Last night, CBS aired the much-anticipated How I Met Your Mother series finale.

You'd think that after watching for nine seasons we'd be sad that it was over. But afterwards it wasn't the realization that one of our favorite comedies had come to a close that depressed us. It was how it ended.  Mostly, it left many loyal fans asking one question: 


Ted on the Finale

After spending this entire season celebrating Barney and Robin's wedding, it was crushing to watch their marriage crumble not 10 minutes later.

Viewers had already watched them break up once before. Why put us through it again? One moment we're seeing Barney dance with his new bride, looking as happy as he'd ever been... three years later, but only mere moments on screen, call it quits.

Why spend so much time making us care about this couple only to ruin them? It was completely disheartening. 

On the upside, we loved that Barney eventually found the love of his life in his baby daughter. Watching how that little girl changed Barney was one of the highlights of the finale. We just wish the mother could have been someone he cared about instead of the faceless #31.

Moreover, after nine seasons of having Ted search for the love of his life, we only got a few short scenes before they killed here off. Why?!?

We understand that things happen in life, but this is a comedy about the trials of finding true love. We took this journey with Ted and the scene of the two of them meeting on that rainy train platform under the yellow umbrella was beautiful. In the end, we couldn't help but feel cheated that we - and Ted - didn't get more time.

When Ted finally finishes his story about their mother, his kids tell him to go for it with Aunt Robin. What?!? Yes, for the kids it's been six years since their mom died. It makes sense. But for the audience, it's been 30 seconds. After hearing this story for so long, that ending was as dismaying as it was jarring. 

From what we hear, the creators of the show had this ending planned all along and Ted an Robin getting back together may have worked in season three or four.

But by How I Met Your Mother season 9, they'd long convinced us that this pairing wouldn't work. So as Ted stood outside Robin's window with the same French horn so many years later, we were left asking, why?

Your turn, TV Fanatics. What did you think of the How I Met Your Mother series finale?

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Why are they still under the top shows list? This show is over with a capital O!


I watch HIMYM off and on and I came to love Barney & Robin I loved them together soooooooooo much. I was so bummed when they broke up the first time. I don't know why they spent the whole last season on them just to have them not end up together although I kind of expected this since I knew they got married but might not stay married. I just sucks that they made us care for them only to have them split up. Also I was whateves about the mother dying, but I was totally NOT okay with Ted & Robin. I mean come on they made it such a point that Robin was not the mother only to have her end up being the Stepmother. They show should have been how I met your Stepmother or how I ended up with Robin. Overall I hated the ending


I wanted something different and New instead we got the samething we always get from this type of show


Hated it!
For nine goddam season I was shown why Ted and Robin didn't work hearing comments from future Ted about how through all the drama and mishaps it was all worth it because the mother was perfect for him and they all led to the mother. Then in season nine I met the mother and loved her! We were shown she was perfect for Ted. It was implied that Ted and the mother would work in all the ways Ted and Robin wouldn't and so we were happy when Ted let Robin go with Barney and open himself up to finding the mother.
And then bam! It all got undone and reversed. Everyone who liked the final is saying "oh but Robin was the love of Teds life" maybe that's true but it sure as heck didn't seem like Ted was the love of Robins. He always loved her a lot more than she seemed to ever love him.
So disappointing to have them break up Barney and Robin after both had such great character development and lump her back with Ted. I mean somehow Barney can't handle her career and travel but Ted and his two kids will? Bullshit.
It should have ended with Ted and Tracey/ Barney and Robin.


In the end, Robin still chose her career over love. I think Barney still loves her. its just that she is always on the go for that job. I just don't understand why they spent the WHOLE season 9 on a wedding that will fall apart and then spend 3 minutes on the next few years. its really infuriating how they mashed up the scenes in this finale.. this is the suckiest finale... ever!


I had to rewatch the ending so many times to assimilate it, now i like it and I dare say it was a good ending. The problem is the rest of the season, they cheated us, maybe in a sitcom I like to be cheated but after spending a whole season with the damned wedding it was a blown-mind 40 min episode. We already were moved by the fact that it was the finale and I feel like they made me explode in emotions. I will feel this way for a long time.


what great irony has transpired, since a lot of people are complaining as usual about how a story should have ended. I do wonder what they would say when one day they look back at their own lives, are also still going to complain as much. that is the wonder of life, we only get one try to make the best of what life gives us. if you find someone to love, be grateful for the time you have together, which is what ted did with tracy and everyone he met. this is what the story was all about, about loving the people that come into your life while you have them. because nothing in life lasts forever and its a gift most of us tend to take for granted... wake up before you reach your own finale!

@ lee

WOW you have no idea how life is

Sue ann
@ lee

Well said.

Sue ann

Not all "happily ever afters" last very long. My job is volunteering for a web site which hosts photograph of grave markers for relatives who cannot visit in person. Some of them will break your heart. And not all "happily ever afters" get sixty years together. There was a newlywed couple on that missing Malaysian airliner last month ... I think that since Barney is a shallow, immature, profoundly damaged person, and since Robin is as selfish as she is, their marriage lasted about as long as one could expect. And it was perfectly clear through nine years that Robin was indeed the love of Ted's life. I really loved the touch of showing up with the blue French Horn, and enjoyed envisioning how he stole it this time. I appreciated the way the story ended, except for those kids. They were always a pain, and they ended up a pain. My own niece is like that, though, so I suppose it is the way kids are this generation. I was quite satisfied with the ending. But I am neither young, nor romantic.


It was the story of how Ted met the mother of his kids, not the story of how Ted lived a life
Full of love with the mother, nor the story of how Ted was happily ever after with the mother. He met the the mother of his kids, he was happy while it last; but we met the real love of his life: Robin. Period.


I think after all the Robin/ Barney scenes where they love each other and accept each other's faults it was jarring they divorced so quickly. I can see the mother dying. I can see Ted reconnecting with Robin. That happens in real life. I can't understand Robin/Barney breaking up so soon. Maybe divorce after 20 years and then she reconnected with Ted then it would be easier to take. Plus if hadn't been crammed in one episode...After one whole season of a wedding.

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