WARNING: POST CONTAINS SPOILERS TO LAST NIGHTS HIMYM FINALE. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
I’ve watched “How I Met Your Mother” …well, religiously. That’s the nice way of saying that I’ve been a complete fangirl for the past nine seasons. I’ve been Team Ted since episode one. With each heartbreak he suffered, I felt that I was right there…helping a friend through a tough time. (Admittedly, I DID actually yell at the television a few times when he professed his love for Robin for the upteenth time.) I wanted so badly to have Ted meet his future mother of his children, fall in love, and live happily ever after. He deserved it after the proverbial relationship hell he endured over the nine seasons. Instead, I stared at the screen in disbelief (along with troves of other fans) as they completely disregarded any character development that occurred over the past nine seasons. I prayed it was just an April Fool’s joke, but alas…we’ve been cheated.
They start the finale off with Barney and Robin getting divorced within the first 20 minutes of the episode. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? We just spent an ENTIRE season based solely around their wedding weekend, as well as two seasons convincing us that they are made for each other. Sloppy writing, folks. The ends do NOT justify the means. I don’t care that Craig Thomas and Carter Bays had planned this ending all along. That they had always planned (spoiler) to kill the mom off, make Robin available again, and have Ted sheepishly go chasing after the woman who literally said that she could never be in love with him. I’m not happy with it and could go into an even longer diatribe about how horrible it was, but instead… I’ll just leave you with this simple. sweet, and perfect alternate ending that a YouTube user edited. This is the ending that the series deserved.