So I’ve almost calmed down enough to face the fact that the How I Met Your Mother produced the most disappointing and frustrating finale I have ever been witness to. I don’t even know where to begin and I’m still so upset that I know I won’t be able to articulate how all wrong it was. So instead I’ll let others rant for me and nod my head in agreement. And I’ll just briefly mention the beautiful moments to give credit where credit is due to the writers who made me happy cry a few times: The opening scenes where the gang say their initial goodbyes, the legendary high five, Ted FINALLY meeting Tracy, Lily noting that this girl is different, and all of the cute scenes/montages between Ted and Tracy, and Barney talking to his newborn daughter. But as the hour continued it also destroyed everything I had come to love from HIMYM, most specifically the character development over the course of nine seasons- in just one episode. So without further ado, here are some of the best articles I’ve read, explaining what a legendary cop-out this finale was and how I won’t be able to look at previous seasons the same way again because the finale makes them all meaningless.
I would have understood if the mother died and Robin ended up being his other “happy ending” but the transition was just so sloppy and insensitive and don’t you dare tell me it was really Robin he truly was meant to be with this whole time. Everything that had to happen to get to this point was just devastating and unnecessary. How can anyone think that Robin was really the “one” after everything that was said and done in the past seasons? How is Robin really any different than Zoe, who he broke up a marriage for even though they had such different interests or Stella, who he almost walked down the aisle with or Victoria- who he also almost ran away with! I’m sorry but its all just ridiculous and the “Mother” deserved better from all this build-up than to be used as a cheap plot device to move along Ted’s weak and awkward relationship with Robin yearrrss later. And I just don’t understand how the writers could possibly think this was a satisfying ending at ALL!? I didn’t dedicate NINE YEARS of Monday nights FOR THIS. The End.