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2014-04-01 09:09:10 AM  
It took you nine years and a finale to figure that out?
 
2014-04-01 09:20:21 AM  
Meh. I liked it. The show has never been about fulfilling expectations. It's been about knowing that things will turn out okay in the end even when you're covered in horse shiat. I think they got that point across in the finale.
 
2014-04-01 09:23:53 AM  
At least karma finally caught up to Barney
 
2014-04-01 09:29:20 AM  
How I Met Your Consolation Prize
 
2014-04-01 09:39:51 AM  
Who let Casey Hudson near the finale script?
 
2014-04-01 09:45:19 AM  
The subreddit is exploding, and the best point made over there is that the ending isn't bad in substance, only in execution. They spent all this time building up Robin and Barney and spent an entire season on the 48-hour lead up to their wedding, then they negate it all in 20 minutes of show. They spend 40 minutes on 16 years and jump way too quickly to the conclusion. They basically made the mother a blip on the radar, just a speedbump.
 
2014-04-01 09:58:54 AM  
I think they missed the chance to make a really poignant ending by making Ted the one who died and all of that was really a recording the kids were watching after his death.

So my actual final response was "Really, Ted!?"

*throws popcorn at TV*

But that's the whole show for me, in a nutshell
 
2014-04-01 10:03:37 AM  

johnnieconnie: I think they missed the chance to make a really poignant ending by making Ted the one who died and all of that was really a recording the kids were watching after his death.


I was gonna say the only problem with that was he answered the kids questions, and then I thought what if he was a hologram like on I, Robot, and only specific questions would be answered. So at the end one of the kids says "Can you tell us how you died?" and all you hear is "I'm sorry. My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions." and see the faint glow of a hologram (because it's 2030 and we should have holograms by then).
 
2014-04-01 10:19:52 AM  
How I Totally Screwed Up a Show Title
 
2014-04-01 10:27:39 AM  
How I Watched the First Episode and Knew Exactly What Was Going to Happen TLDR So Didn't Watch Friends the Sequel
 
2014-04-01 10:40:55 AM  
scottydoesntknow: (because it's 2030 and we should have holograms by then).

I was most surprised by the fact that in 2030 Ted had a land-line (really?) phone shaped like a Jimmy Jane's vibrator (NSFW link)
 
2014-04-01 10:43:00 AM  
Let me guess, they were dead the whole time?
 
2014-04-01 10:47:05 AM  
They really should have had old ted played by Bob Saget
 
2014-04-01 10:47:50 AM  

kronicfeld: The subreddit is exploding, and the best point made over there is that the ending isn't bad in substance, only in execution. They spent all this time building up Robin and Barney and spent an entire season on the 48-hour lead up to their wedding, then they negate it all in 20 minutes of show. They spend 40 minutes on 16 years and jump way too quickly to the conclusion. They basically made the mother a blip on the radar, just a speedbump.


And the show made a point to have his kids point that out to him and tell him that he is in love with Robin, something that the has been an ongoing theme this season.
 
2014-04-01 10:48:48 AM  
So, n other words, a CBS show?
 
2014-04-01 10:51:55 AM  
They shouldn't of devoted a whole damn season to a wedding they trashed w/ a single line.  And hitting the reset button on Barney to setup How I Met Your Father was lame as well
 
2014-04-01 10:55:37 AM  

kronicfeld: The subreddit is exploding, and the best point made over there is that the ending isn't bad in substance, only in execution. They spent all this time building up Robin and Barney and spent an entire season on the 48-hour lead up to their wedding, then they negate it all in 20 minutes of show. They spend 40 minutes on 16 years and jump way too quickly to the conclusion. They basically made the mother a blip on the radar, just a speedbump.


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Feels their pain.
 
2014-04-01 10:56:41 AM  
They way they wrote the ending makes better sense than all this "Ted shoulda died" stuff I keep seeing. Was that a rumor from the tabloids or something? The final conversation with the kids was weird because it was spliced-up premade film they shot a while ago because the kids are too old now. We haven't watched in a couple of years and apparently didn't miss anything. The mother was the least significant character in the whole nine damn series.
 
2014-04-01 10:56:58 AM  

GRCooper: They really should have had old ted played by Bob Saget


"And then I got in a horrible car accident which required both facial and vocal cord reconstruction..."
 
2014-04-01 10:57:12 AM  
Aww, I liked it! I love that it shows there can be more than one "The One". Also that sometimes two people just need to grow up a little first. And sometimes, marriages just don't work out the way you thought they would.

But the mother was short-changed.
 
2014-04-01 10:57:16 AM  
How I coaxed 9 seasons out of a story that could have been told in 4 and made millions in the process.
 
2014-04-01 10:57:49 AM  

kronicfeld: They spent all this time building up Robin and Barney and spent an entire season on the 48-hour lead up to their wedding, then they negate it all in 20 minutes of show. They spend 40 minutes on 16 years and jump way too quickly to the conclusion.


They also spent a whole season with Ted figuring his life out and coming to terms with the fact that he is no longer in love with Robin (she even floated away like a balloon), but nope he was just kidding he was in love with her the whole time.

I also read an awesome theory about how Ted was telling the story to his kids. The reason Ted was telling them all these terrible stories about Barney over the years is so that when he tells them that he wants to go after the ex-wife of one of his best friends he won't look like a jerk.
 
2014-04-01 10:59:27 AM  
How I Met Your Stepmother
 
2014-04-01 11:01:20 AM  
The episode would have been a lot better if the show had just cut off after "And that's how I met your mother."
 
2014-04-01 11:02:31 AM  
#HowIMetYourAuntRobinsPlaceHolder
 
2014-04-01 11:02:52 AM  

CarnySaur: GRCooper: They really should have had old ted played by Bob Saget

"And then I got in a horrible car accident which required both facial and vocal cord reconstruction..."


It would have been better if he told his kids at the end that they were really humanoid robots and they didn't have a real 'mother.'
 
2014-04-01 11:03:11 AM  
The final year should have started out with Ted and the Mother  meeting and developing a relationship over the season (and Barney and Robin's marriage too). But i was okay with the ending.  I was never crazy about The Mother and she was more of an Oliver intrusion to me, although an entirely necessary one at some point. I don not get all the love for Barney and his baby's scene. People act like it was the sweetest, most emotional thing ever.  5 minutes before he could care less, and we still don't know about the baby mama.  And the 31 for 31 was unnecessary, even for Barney
 
2014-04-01 11:04:27 AM  

johnnieconnie: So my actual final response was "Really, Ted!?"

*throws popcorn at TV*

But that's the whole show for me, in a nutshell


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2014-04-01 11:05:45 AM  

MizzouGuy: The final year should have started out with Ted and the Mother  meeting and developing a relationship over the season (and Barney and Robin's marriage too). But i was okay with the ending.  I was never crazy about The Mother and she was more of an Oliver intrusion to me, although an entirely necessary one at some point. I don not get all the love for Barney and his baby's scene. People act like it was the sweetest, most emotional thing ever.  5 minutes before he could care less, and we still don't know about the baby mama.   And the 31 for 31 was unnecessary, even for Barney


That was kind of the point of the scene. Character Development!

Not only did the main characters reject the 31 for 31, even Barney's psyche (Jim Nantz) rejected the 31 for 31. It's as if they were leading him from one extreme to another...
 
2014-04-01 11:08:00 AM  

kronicfeld: The subreddit is exploding, and the best point made over there is that the ending isn't bad in substance, only in execution. They spent all this time building up Robin and Barney and spent an entire season on the 48-hour lead up to their wedding, then they negate it all in 20 minutes of show. They spend 40 minutes on 16 years and jump way too quickly to the conclusion. They basically made the mother a blip on the radar, just a speedbump.


That's what I keep coming back to.  Individually, there's nothing particularly terrible about any of the episode's plot points.  In fact, in parts it is an interesting discussion of how even the closest group of friends can gradually drift apart.  The problem is that you can't tell a forty minute story about divorce and death when you've spent 22 episodes convincing the audience that these people belong together.  If this last episode had been the entire last season it would have been a little macabre but a legitimate, earned story.  Putting it all in the finale just invalidates the season that came before it.  We have no idea how marriage changed either Robin or Ted so we have no idea what kind of characters they are in 2030.  We assume they'll be happy together because the show tells us they will be, but they'll have changed so much in the 17 years since Barney and Robin's wedding that we really have no idea who they are anymore.

The episode itself is also problematic because it's all in service of the ending.  Barney and Robin divorce not because they're incompatible but because Robin needs to be with Ted.  Barney's a dick again not because that's his personality (we've spent the last two years watching him change) but because the show needs us to be okay with his ex-wife getting together with Ted.  We get very few bits of the Mother.  She's figuratively only there to crap out a couple of kids and then go away so that Ted can be with Robin.
 
2014-04-01 11:13:50 AM  
This sounds like a same reaction that people had to the Seinfeld finale - especially the unfunny part.
 
2014-04-01 11:13:56 AM  
How I brought your mother's promising music career to an unceremoniously crashing end.
 
2014-04-01 11:21:55 AM  

browneye: This sounds like a same reaction that people had to the Seinfeld finale - especially the unfunny part.


Personally, I loved the Seinfeld finale.

I know most people hated it, but I always thought they got exactly what they deserved - they were assholes surrounded by assholes. And it had basically all the characters, which while complete overkill was still a good way to reminisce about all the characters, and at the very end you've got arguably one of the best comedians of all time telling jokes to prisoners and completely bombing, which to me was hilarious.

I think that was sort of the whole point of the show though, being unfunny. It almost made you think, God I'm glad that series is over.
 
2014-04-01 11:23:12 AM  
Not particularly happy with what they did with Barney, but overall I thought it was satisfying. They didn't linger on the mom dying long enough, but arguably that was really handled so exceptionally well a few episodes when they made it clear that was going to happen that they didn't need to dwell on it. They did so much work to swerve this ending, but Marshall telegraphed it several seasons ago when he refused to concede his bet with Lily.
 
2014-04-01 11:25:06 AM  

bdub77: Personally, I loved the Seinfeld finale.


The only thing I really hated about the Seinfeld finale was the need to make it into a clip show. I mean everytime a witness for the trial came up to the stand, you got a little clip of their first episode. Which made no sense since before the episode NBC ran an hour long clip retrospective. It seemed like they were writing the episode for the millions of people who would tune in who had never really seen the show, not for the millions who watched it regularly and knew who the Soup Nazi and Babu were. Which is surprising since I thought Larry David wouldn't be into that sort of thing.
 
2014-04-01 11:27:07 AM  

OregonVet: They way they wrote the ending makes better sense than all this "Ted shoulda died" stuff I keep seeing. Was that a rumor from the tabloids or something? The final conversation with the kids was weird because it was spliced-up premade film they shot a while ago because the kids are too old now. We haven't watched in a couple of years and apparently didn't miss anything. The mother was the least significant character in the whole nine damn series.


My first thought on seeing that was, "how long was this in the can?" And my second, "Are there other series endings also in the can we'll see on DVD?"
 
2014-04-01 11:27:44 AM  

bdub77: browneye: This sounds like a same reaction that people had to the Seinfeld finale - especially the unfunny part.

Personally, I loved the Seinfeld finale.

I know most people hated it, but I always thought they got exactly what they deserved - they were assholes surrounded by assholes. And it had basically all the characters, which while complete overkill was still a good way to reminisce about all the characters, and at the very end you've got arguably one of the best comedians of all time telling jokes to prisoners and completely bombing, which to me was hilarious.

I think that was sort of the whole point of the show though, being unfunny. It almost made you think, God I'm glad that series is over.


If the Seinfeld finale is on, I will watch it because it is still funny even if it's not up to the dizzying heights of Seinfeld in its prime.

Can't say the same for HIMYM.
 
2014-04-01 11:30:33 AM  
Found out the ending on the twitters, glad I gave up on it after season 7. I knew it was headed to a schmaltzy conclusion that would jerk the rug out.
 
2014-04-01 11:30:50 AM  
I liked it. Was it perfect? No, it didn't quite reach Newhart heights, but I thought it was very well done and it fulfilled all my expectations.  The moment when Ted finally meets The Mother was perfect, and I thought a lot of the other moments in the episode were great.

I don't know if I like that The Mother died, but I can respect that they always knew how it was going to end and planned ahead, especially with that final footage with the kids. I did like how it all came full circle to the pilot episode. Some may not like it, but for me, it worked. The story really was about Ted and Robin whether we like it or not.

So I don't have the same feelings about it as I did about Lost, BSG, Smallville, Medium, or Seinfeld. I wasn't disappointed in the story, and I have no problem in all the jumps through time. It worked for me.
 
2014-04-01 11:32:32 AM  

Serious Black: Meh. I liked it. The show has never been about fulfilling expectations. It's been about knowing that things will turn out okay in the end even when you're covered in horse shiat. I think they got that point across in the finale.


I liked it too, not getting the outrage. Could have done with less of that wedding this season, cause that did start to get old, but the finale was pretty good.
 
2014-04-01 11:34:07 AM  
How I Met Your Mother finale was predictable and unfunny.


There. FTFY.
 
2014-04-01 11:36:27 AM  

mechgreg: bdub77: Personally, I loved the Seinfeld finale.

The only thing I really hated about the Seinfeld finale was the need to make it into a clip show. I mean everytime a witness for the trial came up to the stand, you got a little clip of their first episode. Which made no sense since before the episode NBC ran an hour long clip retrospective. It seemed like they were writing the episode for the millions of people who would tune in who had never really seen the show, not for the millions who watched it regularly and knew who the Soup Nazi and Babu were. Which is surprising since I thought Larry David wouldn't be into that sort of thing.


I hated the Seinfeld finale.  The cast had spent roughly 99% of the show in NYC, and for the finale they contrived a plot that moved the entire thing to a podunk town in order to beat you over the head with the idea that the characters are all cynical, selfish assholes.
 
2014-04-01 11:38:31 AM  
How We Came Up With A Neat Gimmick That Got Our Pilot Picked Up, And Then It Became This Huge Hit And We Had To String The Gimmick Along For Nine Seasons, And This Is The Best We Could Come Up With, Get Off Our Backs Already Why Don't You
 
2014-04-01 11:40:16 AM  

salvador.hardin: Not particularly happy with what they did with Barney, but overall I thought it was satisfying. They didn't linger on the mom dying long enough, but arguably that was really handled so exceptionally well a few episodes when they made it clear that was going to happen that they didn't need to dwell on it. They did so much work to swerve this ending, but Marshall telegraphed it several seasons ago when he refused to concede his bet with Lily.


Yep. If you didn't catch it before the last episode, you caught it when Marshall finally forked over the 20 bucks in the booth at McClaren's.
 
2014-04-01 11:40:50 AM  

brap: It took you nine years and a finale to figure that out?


So...

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2014-04-01 11:40:54 AM  
There should have been a black screen at the end that just had the words 'Ted never returned home.'
 
2014-04-01 11:41:44 AM  

redmid17: That was kind of the point of the scene. Character Development!


There's character development and then there's character quantum leaps.

Barney had been Mr. Playboy. Then he and Robin got together and he became Mr. Monogamy. Then all of a sudden they're divorced and he's Mr. Playboy again. Finally, in the span of 5 seconds his daddy issues come home to roost and he's a devoted father?

Uh, no.

I'm not saying that such changes can't happen, it's that they don't happen instantly like that. When they got divorced and old Barney returned it was clear that his devotion to Robin was just an overlay over Mr. Playboy. It was character reversion, to go straight to family man after that would give somebody whiplash.

And that's completely apart from Ted, who was always getting too serious too fast and then finally being all ho-hum about getting married, even when he and Tracy had kids. Another instance of a character being reinvented on the fly for the hell of it.

I wasn't surprised by the ending of the show... as much as they belabored the Robin-Ted relationship that's pretty much where it was headed all the time. But they made a big deal out of the mother and then wadded her up and threw her out- sure, it sets up Robin and Ted finally getting together, but the kids basically had to tell their father "Look, dumbass, you always loved Robin, even when you were with our mother." That's not a great realization for kids to have.
 
2014-04-01 11:41:54 AM  
So, Robin was married to Barney for a couple of years, then spent over ten years just waiting around in her apartment with her dogs, waiting for Ted to show up and complete her life? That's kind of sad.

Other than that, I really don't have a problem with the story that was told, just the way it was presented to us. If last night's events had been spread out between more than two episodes, it wouldn't have seemed so crammed together. I thought the scene under the umbrella was pretty well done, but completely ruined by the specter of death hanging over the mother.

I think they should have had the mother meeting in the 4th to last episode, then an episode showing that relationship grow, then an episode where she gets sick and passes, and then a final episode of denouement, showing Barney and Robin's marriage dissolving, ending with Ted and Robin running into each other on the street, going to McLaren's for a drink, rekindling their relationship, and then...scene.
 
2014-04-01 11:42:07 AM  
I liked it. I just wish they didn't waste the whole last season focusing on the wedding when Barney and Robin just ended up divorcing a few years later anyway. Other than that, it was fine.
 
2014-04-01 11:42:27 AM  

Serious Black: Meh. I liked it. The show has never been about fulfilling expectations. It's been about knowing that things will turn out okay in the end even when you're covered in horse shiat. I think they got that point across in the finale.


That's what I liked about it. There isn't just one perfect outcome in life. Go with the flow, be open to possibilities, and things will work out.

Life is messy.
 
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