Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How I Met You Mother Series Finale Deserves A High Five!

By Anant Mathur (April 1, 2014)

If you haven't seen the series finale (final episode) of How I Met You Mother stop reading here. This post contains lots of spoilers.

Yesterday the final episode of the hit comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER aired on CBS. Soon after the episode finished many people took to the internet and started reviewing and commenting about what they saw. So far it seems there is a mixed feeling amongst the shows viewers - people either loved the episode or hated it.

Personally, I belong to the loved it club. I thought it was brilliant and possibly one of the best series finales ever. It tied up all the loose ends beautifully and took us into the future and showed us where the characters end up. 

As for the people who were saying they hated it, I don't know which show these reviewers watched for 9 seasons, I refuse to believe they've seen every episode. If they had they'd know that the reason Barney Stinson is a womanizer is because he had his heart broken by a woman he was very much in love with. Just like he was with Robin Scherbatsky when they get divorced; this explains why he returned to his previous state when the divorce was too much for him to handle.

Another issue the negative reviewers had was that the mother dies and Ted Mosby ends up with Robin. I don't see a problem with the writers killing the mother because you can kind of guess she's probably dead from the first episode; why else would Ted be telling his grown kids about their mother? I think Ted and Robin didn't end up together earlier because at times he was kind of a jerk and immature and couldn't decide whom he really wanted (Victoria or Robin or Stella or Victoria or Robin) but the years he spent with his wife taught him to be patient and loving and prepared him for Robin; and many years after his wife dies he is finally able to compose himself to go and woo the unwooable girl.

I also love the fact that the writers showed how the gang drifted apart because that's what happens in big cities. As you get older you have new experiences and there's no longer time for hanging out with the gang - priorities change. You can't really hang out till 4am at a bar with the gang when your baby is hungry or you have to wake up early to take your kids to school. Especially when you're in your 40s and the bar is filled with 20 year olds.

I think it only proves how good the writers and actress Cristin Milioti were that the audience was able to get so attached to the mother in one season and felt sad to find out she died. Death is part of life and so is moving on and I think that's the real message from the writers of HIMYM. 

I'm sure when the shock wears off and people have a chance to think about it they'll realize how legen (wait for it) dary... Legendary! the final episode truly is...


"Haaaaave you met Ted?"

– "Just be cool, lady. Damn!"

- The T.M.'s

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

- Marshall: A certain delicate flower cried all night in the shower. 
  Lily: …and I was pretty bummed, too

- Barney: That last girl — No. 31...
  Mother: That’s a pretty name. Is it French?

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