Oh, what could have been! The alleged alternate ending of How I Met Your Mother was posted online five months after its series finale on Saturday, Sept. 6 — and the result is nothing fans haven’t seen before, yet ends on a happier note.
Warning: spoilers ahead!
In the original ending, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) ends up with Robin (Cobie Smulders) after his wife Tracy McConnell — the “Mother” — played by Cristin Milioti dies. This time around? Tracy experiences a fate much different.
At the time of the finale, co-creator Carter Bays tweeted the difficult decision the CBS network had to make. “16 days ago today we were in the HIMYM edit room, trying to decide between two very different endings,” he wrote. “We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series. We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too.”
Most fans, however, weren’t happy with the choice. Carter quickly responded to angry viewers who were more than displeased with the outcome.
“If you didn’t like the finale, I guess that happens. We tried something and it didn’t connect with you,” he wrote. “I hope we’re still friends.”
Watch the alternate ending now!
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