Last night, How I Met Your Mother aired its long awaited grand finale; today, fans of the show have taken to the internet to express just how irritated they are with the ending of the show. Many fans, this blogger included, felt as though the swan song walked back on the entire series. Like many television programs now, HIMYM loved to toy with the audience; however, the show was supposed to be a long-winded boy-meets-girl story and not a mystery, so the twist-ending felt more like a eye roll inducing gotcha than a gasp worthy reveal. We bought what the plot was selling and it was a mistake. It feels like we all lost a slap bet.
Here are the four worst reveals from the series finale of How I Met Your Mother:
1) Robin and Barney’s Divorce After Three Years Of Marriage:
Cool, we watched an entire season devoted to making us believe in the union between two lone wolves and then pulling the carpet out from under that whole deal within a few minutes of the finale.
2) The Titular Mother Was Dead The Whole Time:
Many people saw this coming and it explains why Ted’s story was taking so long to tell, but it makes their children a couple of jerks. Those sociopathic teens were actually bored and rolling their eyes while listening to their widower father tell the story of how he met their now deceased mother. This notoriously romantic character is bereft and reminiscing, but his offspring are all “shut up and go get laid, bro” like a couple of Barneys.
3) Barney Doesn’t Really Grow Up:
Troubling as it was to watch Barney continue to womanize and discuss having a “perfect month” of sleeping with a different stranger every night into his forties, that would have been peachy (no slut shaming here) if the show hadn’t deceived us into thinking he wanted to reform and settle down.
Despite how horrific it was that Barney and the gang refer to the mother of Barney’s child by number and not by name, watching Barney Stinson turn into Daddy Stinson was moving. I shed one lone tear when he held her for the first time. Neil Patrick Harris is a delight to watch on screen, but he’s the most theater-y theater kid to ever over-emote, so seeing him dial it back and be serious made that moment a bit legendary.
4) Ted Still Loves Robin:
More than a slap in the face, this was a bludgeoning with a blunt object–– blue French horn, for instance. This was the most disappointing possible conclusion to How I Met Your Mother; it makes the dud finale of Lost look like the ending of Six Feet Under. Sure, having grown-man Ted try to woo grown-woman Robin after all those years ties a neat bow around the series by connecting the pilot with Ted’s eventual romantic fate, but it retroactively renders the gestalt of the show to be a big trick.
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