As the semester is winding down, I’ve found myself thinking about endings – series finales, to be specific. Some shows seem to drag on for so long that a finale seems well overdue. Some shows end abruptly and unresolved. Then, there are some shows, that seem to find the perfect end to their narrative. How to showrunners find this happy ending? One of my favorite sitcoms, How I Met Your Mother has an ending that among my friends has mixed reviews, but is not one that I am satisfied with.
(Warning: the remainder of this post contains spoilers)
I watched How I Met Your Mother from start to finish. Even though there were many points during the show where I pulled for Ted and Robin to end up together, I eventually came to accept that “Aunt Robin” and Ted were not meant to be. I even learned to love her relationship with Barney. The entire last season I spent learning to love Tracy (the mother) and I still don’t understand the decision to both introduce and kill her off in one season. Once that happened, I was actually mad that Ted ended up with Robin even though I had pulled for them to be a couple for so many seasons.
I feel like I was misled for nine seasons, and the kids in the show seem to agree with me. Ted’s story throughout the entirety of the series was more about his relationship with Robin than how he met the woman who would be the mother of his children. I spent nine seasons wrestling with the fact that Ted wouldn’t end up with Robin just for him to end up with her anyway. I didn’t feel like they had the “Ross and Rachel” relationship where everyone knew they would end up together, no matter the odds. Maybe that’s what the creators were going for, but I didn’t buy it.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love How I Met Your Mother. I just probably won’t rewatch any episodes from the last seasons. I would love to know others thoughts on the series and the finale!