How I Met Your Mother Finale: We just got slapped with a REALITY CHECK

Some feel cheated.  Some feel ripped off. Others saw the final hour of How I Met Your Mother as a complete let down.  I however, believe it was beautiful. This 9 season sitcom became our favorite show through the hilarious characters, long-running jokes, strangely relatable friendships, and that famously addictive story arc. We waited 9 whole years to see what the hell was so damn great about Ted meeting his wife. What we received instead, was a curveball we never expected, and a beautiful depiction of reality.

First and foremost, let’s do a speedy recap how the series left off with each character:

Marshall & Lilly:  Our all time favorite couple ended up having a total of 3 children. They eventually moved into a larger apartment-out of the beloved home above Maclarens. Also, Marshall basically becomes state Supreme Justice. perfect perfect perfect, DUH

Barney:  Robin&Barney get a divorce just after 3 years due to Robin’s travel demands for her job. (This may be the only criticism I have on the episode: they dragged us through a whole season about their wedding, and spent maybe 5 minutes about the divorce.–I can’t be too mad though.This season wasn’t even supposed to happen. If television wasn’t about money, this finale happening in 2013 would have been flawless) After losing Robin, Barney realizes he will never love someone that way again. He goes back to his womanizing ways, and finally after performing the “perfect month,” he get’s a girl pregnant.  It finally happened. When Barney meets his daughter for the first time though, his life changes.  The only woman who could really change Barney for the better became his own baby girl.

Robin: After the divorce, Robin went MIA. She travelled the world for her career, as only Robin could. Seeing Ted happy with his wife really hurt her; witnessing the man she could’ve been with. Distancing herself from the gang was the only thing she knew to do.

Ted:  All within the last 15 minutes of the episode, we learn how much Ted loved his wife. We ALSO learn after 10 years of marriage, she loses a battle to illness…6 years before telling this story.

“It was at times a long, difficult road. But I’m glad it was long and difficult, because if I hadn’t gone through hell to get there, the lesson might not have been as clear. You see, kids, right from the moment I met your mom I knew, I have to love this women as much as I can and as long as I can and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. I carried that lesson through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, every speed bump, every pang of jealousy or boredom or uncertainty that came our way. I carried that lesson with me.”

Ted’s kids call him out on the entire story- with the questions we have been asking the entire time. “I don’t buy it Dad” …. “Mom is barely even in the story”….“This is the story of about how you’re totally in love with Aunt Robin and you’re thinking about asking her out, and you want to know if we’re okay with it.” “Mom has been gone for 6 years now, it’s time!”  The HIMYN series ends with Ted, holding the blue French Horn, on the street outside of Robin’s window.

In a nutshell: The Mother has been dead the whole time. Ted actually ends up with Robin.  Ted’s kids are awesome.   NOW for the reality check:


Dear HIMYM Fans who feel betrayed,

Let’s TRY to take a different perspective on it all. Throughout those long 9 years, this show was about FRIENDSHIP and the unpredictability of LOVE.  These are the 2 most important things in life, and can come in all shapes & sizes. Admit it – HIMYM did not give us that fairytale ending you wanted. It did not give us a sappy, cheesy, comedic ending with a freeze frame of a bunch of friends fake laughing. This ending was REFRESHING, REAL, & quite frankly PERFECT. This is real life. People get divorced.  People die. Friends lose touch.  BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN LIFE. It’s what happens afterwards and how you handle it that matters.  The love of Ted’s life died, but that doesn’t mean he’s not allowed to find happiness again. And who’s better than someone he has loved both romantically in the past, but also as a truly life-long best friend. Tracy (the mother) found love again after her first true love Max passed away. She has now returned to this first love, just as did Ted.  It’s likeee a circle of life sortof thangg.

 

Ted Mosby never gave up on love. He also never settled for anything less than the perfect match who didn’t just tolerated his flaws, but actually kindof liked them. Robin was not Ted’s perfect match, but he never gives up on those who are special in his life. Robin did not fully compliment every aspect about him. There is no doubt in my mind that Tracy was Ted’s true love, and that he loved her more than he ever loved Robin.  But life is not a perfect fairytale; bad things happen. Although Ted lost the love of his life, she gave him 2 of the most perfect gifts he could have ever wanted. Ted Mosby was always meant to be the best Dad.  After losing Tracy, Ted is allowed to find happiness again. He was lucky enough fall back in love with one of his best friends. The bottom line is, Ted is happy.  Ted had a lot of shit happen in his life, but he ALWAYS dug himself out those holes and NEVER gave up on love. Although real life circumstances took his soulmate away from him, he was still able to resurface and find happiness again.

So STFU everybody. Try to learn something from Ted Mosby: 1. Don’t ever give up on love, it’s worth waiting for 2. Don’t let bad things in life keep you down 3. Keep those who are special to you close, forever 4. You can always find happiness again after enduring the darkest of times. Because that’s real life. You have to fight for what you want.

Thank you Ted Mosby. Thank you How I Met Your Mother, for taking a realistic approach on life and giving us 9 years of laughter, tears, and ongoing jokes we will quote for ever.

 

The Final Curveball of How I Met Your Mother

After 9 seasons of watching our favorite hopeless romantic and loyal friend Ted Mosby, we will finally get to see him meet the love of his life and live happily ever after. Or will we?

How I Met Your Mother has easily become this generation’s version of Friends. The creators came up with a brilliant concept that not only dragged viewers through addicting cliff hangers year after year…but provided us with lovable and hilarious characters. The trail of breadcrumbs and clues leading to the mother’s identity was just a perpetual bonus alongside the shenanigans of Ted’s memorable gang.  Barney, Robin, Lily & Marshal form a group of friends that although very distinct…relate just enough to your own clique of besties. I don’t think there is a single person out there who doesn’t want to live above the bar Maclarens with their best buds. A tear may be shed as we say goodbye to our favorite canadian pop-star, the Daddest architect, the best couple in the world, and the awesomest of awesome bro. Barney Stinson alone will go down in history as the woman chasing, suit-wearing, bro-code swearing, easily quotable character played by NPH. The point is, fans expect the series finale to be Legen….I hope you wanted milk with thatdary.

Alright, enough of the sob-story worthy compliments.  Let’s get down to the point. Two weeks ago in the episode titled Vesuvius, the writers gave us viewers the most bizarre hint…uhh reveal? (IDK what to even call it)  in HIMYM history.  In a flash-forward to a conversation between Ted and his future wife in 2024, he tells her one of his many stories from Robin/Barney’s wedding. When he tells his wife that Robin’s mother did in fact show up for the wedding, the mother replied “What mother is going to miss her daughter’s wedding?”  This then caused the revealing moment.  Ted broke down and cried. WHYY?  The mother immediately began to console Ted and try to make him laugh, as if to change the subject and take his mind off whatever this matter may be. Theories have been flooding the internet about why this may be.

Theory 1:  The BIGGEST question arising from this is: Has the Mother in fact been dead the entire time Ted has been telling his children this story? Is Ted crying because he knows his own wife will not live to see his daughter walk the aisle?? Is this the real reason why Ted has been telling the story to his kids the whole time? Many have theorized in the past the Mother has been dead, but this is the first time the show has actually hinted that this might be possible. Does the love of Ted’s life that he has oh so craved to find through years of heart break…really end up dying?  This of course is the most morbid theory…but the writer’s are definitely trying to plant this idea into our heads whether its true or not.

Theory 2:  Perhaps Ted is crying because he worries that his own wife might not live to see his daughter walk the aisle.  Key word in this theory: MIGHT. The writers probably want the finale to be just as much of a tear jerker as it is funny. So why not make us all believe that she might be dying. Perhaps we soon find out that she has a medical scare…and maybe this is why he is telling the kids the story. HOWEVER, she lives in the end. I really don’t think that the writers would create such a dark ending to such a positive show. Nor do I think CBS would be too jazzed with the idea that the mother dies. However, I think they LOVE the idea of tricking us all…making us cry our eyes out…then surprising us with the Mosby gift of life. Those jerks.

Theory 3: Something is happening to Ted. We all automatically jump to conclusion that something is wrong with the mother, but what if Ted is the one in fact striken with some sort of condition?  Ted seems to be on the brink of tears throughout entire episode (in the flashforwards).  A key line in this episode is when the mother tells Ted, “I don’t want you to be the guy who lives in his stories. Life only moves forward.”  For the 9 years we’ve known Ted, he is living in his stories from the past. He has a need to explain every detail of these stories to his children. Here’s a thought: Is Ted dying? No, I really don’t think Ted is dying. The emotions and interaction between Ted and the Mother did not seem like this was the case. As ridiculous as this may sound though…could Ted be acquiring Alzheimer’s? Or perhaps suffered from a brain injury?  Maybe eventually, Ted’s memories are really all he has.

For some reason, something in the future scares and sadden’s Ted. We do not know what this may be yet, however it clearly hurts Ted enough to make him cry. The writer’s could simply be trying to trick us, as they often do. This is a show known for its skill with misdirection. They successfully planted the seed to make us worry and theorize…kindof like Inception.  I’m confident that the ending will be nothing less than beautiful. Whether the Mother is in fact dead or not, the writers have been waiting to give us this ending for 9 years. They will provide a finale absolutely satisfying to fans; even if it ends in tragedy, they will find a way to make it perfect. As we say goodbye to the characters we love, and finally learn how Ted meets the mother, I know that the writer’s will find a way to let us leave with a smile.

P.S. There’s one slap left in Marshall and Barney’s slap-bet   I’ll bet anyone 3 slaps…that the finale ends in a slap so epic that it shakes the world. 

P.S.S  ….WHERE THE EFF IS THE PINEAPPLE FROM?