How I Met Your Mother Series Finale: Cast, Creators React to Controversial Ending

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The cast and creators of How I Met Your Mother remained positive about the show's ending, despite the controversy on Twitter. Ron P. Jaffe/Fox

It was an emotional night for many as How I Met Your Mother came to an end on Monday, March 31. But no one had as much emotional connection to the hit CBS comedy as creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and the core cast. 

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After The Mother (Cristin Milioti) shockingly died and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) moved on to true love Robin (Cobie Smulders), fans had very polarizing opinions on the big twist. 

"We wrote a comedy with dramatic elements till the very end. Thanks for taking that ride with us. #HIMYM," creator Craig Thomas tweeted. "We did a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens…but THANKS! Seriously – no matter what you thought of tonight, THANK YOU…you were with us.  We love you."

Co-creator Carter Bays mirrored his partner's sentiment, tweeting, "Well gosh. Tonight is the very last episode of #HIMYM ever. Thank you to everyone who has joined us for this nine year ride! This is the best job I've ever had, and one summer in college I was a line cook at Hooters. True story. #HIMYM."

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Speaking with Us Weekly on the red carpet of the Captain America: Winter Soldier screening in New York the night the finale aired, Cobie Smulders said she felt satisfied with here her character ended up.

"I am very happy how it all ties up," she told Us. "The coolest thing [about the finale] is that there’s scenes within this episode that we shot during the pilot of our show nine years ago. It’s amazing that we’ve been able to come full circle. And also, we get to jump into the future – we get to 20 years in the future to see where these characters end up."

Star Josh Radnor took to Twitter to share his appreciation for the last nine years, writing, "Been so overwhelmed in the best way by all the HIMYM love. Beyond grateful to have been a part of a show that's meant so much to people."

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His wingman Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the ultimate bro Barney Stinson, also posted his thanks, tweeting, "To all who helped create #HIMYM, well played. To all who enjoyed watching it, I respectfully request the highest of fives. #thanks."

And Alyson Hannigan summed up the finale in a simple tweet

"Good times, yeah?" she wrote. 

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