How I Met Your … “What the Damn Hell?!” The series finale of How I Met Your Mother was satisfying and emotional for some — but, for many, many others, it felt like a sick April Fool’s joke and a betrayal of the true spirit of the beloved CBS comedy.
As Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) finally met The Mother, aka Tracy McConnell (Cristin Milioti), and proceeded to have babies, get married, and eventually sit by her side as she got sick and died, many fans were distraught that the writers had forgotten what the show was supposedly all about.
The CBS comedy assumed a very serious tone as Robin (Cobie Smulders) left the group after divorcing Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), leaving Lily (Alyson Hannigan) in tears.
Finally, six years after The Mother’s death, Ted tells his children the story of how he met her. But they quickly realize that their mother isn’t present for most of the story — and, indeed, his ultimate message was more about how much he truly loved “Aunt Robin.” Pulling the ultimate Ted Mosby, he rushes to Robin’s house, blue French horn in hand, and (ignoring her terrible bob and herd of random dogs) finally asks her out.
After nine seasons of waiting for Ted to meet his true love, who was believed to be The Mother, this resolution enraged and confused many. See just a few of the reactions on Twitter:
@RahulRachuri1: Disappointed with the ending. We have waited nine years for the mother and we got see her for like 20min! #HIMYMFinale #letdown
@adelinalee: Not sure whether the #HIMYMFinale is trying to make me feel cynical that nothing lasts or hopeful that true love wins in the end
@JrzGrlinNC: It started w Robin & ended w Robin, kind of makes sense if u really think about it #HIMYMFinale
@Mark_B99: Ended too quickly, shouldn’t have dragged out the first few episodes so much and then dropped so many bombs on the viewer #HIMYMFinale
@viviennelsen: I thought it was How I Met Your Mother, not “How I Went Back To Your Aunt Robin About 20 Times” #HIMYM #HIMYMFinale
@tinabdao: If you rewatch HIMYM after watching the finale, you will realize that it is the PERFECT ending. Yes, Ted really LOOOOVES Robin. #HIMYMfinale
@macachia: “how we destroyed 9 years of character development in one 40 minute episode ” #HIMYMfinale #HIMYM
@TheCityofBones: Was the How I Met Your Mother Finale an April fools joke or was it actually that bad? #HIMYMFinale
@Artianiruda: Killing the mother! Getting a couple divorce! Quite dint look like a comedy show to me!! Thanks for screwing it all up #HIMYMFinale
@RaymondFrancis: #HIMYMFinale was legendary. Ted re-violated the bro code tho
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