SPOILER/DIFFERENT OPINION ALERT- If you aren’t caught up with the series or hated the ending so much that another opinion about it may start a fight, please turn back now.
It’s the end of an era! On March 31,2014, one of the most influential and beloved shows of the 21st century came to an end.
How did I feel about the final episode? I was fine with it, to be honest, but most of the world was not. As I scoured the internet for the general sentiment of the HIMYM fandom, it was clear that people were not happy. From opinions like, “It was an injustice to the mother” to “They killed the series”, I would not want to be Carter Bays or Craig Thomas right now. But did they really kill the series?
In 2005, the world was introduced to Ted Mosby, the architect. He was charming, too smart for his own good, and during the first episode of the series he told a girl that he loved her on their first date. That girl was Robin Scherbatsky, the Canadian gun wielding, scotch drinking, independent woman, who was interested in love. It was made clear from the beginning that she was not the mother of the children being told the nine season long story but you knew she was important.
After seasons of heartbreak being bestowed upon our hero, Ted, our desire for his perfect ending was growing stronger and stronger with each passing episode. “He’s been through too much” was a common thought that man of us HIMYM fans probably had. The writers got us obsessed with the show. I personally have paused scenes I knew the mother was supposed to be in, trying to see if I could spot her with no such luck. I’ve probably watched seasons 1-5 more than anyone on this earth! But I digress.
Throughout the series, Ted dated girl after girl we knew was not the mother. We were dragged along season after season with just hints of who the mother was and a whole lot of who the mother wasn’t. But one thing remained constant; Robin. She never left. And she never left Ted’s thoughts. Even during his happiest times, he still cared about her. It doesn’t mean that he was going to cheat on the person he was with to be with her, he’s too stand-up of a guy to do that. And even when he had his last chance to be with her during the second to last episode, he didn’t take it. Ted’s done some things he may not be proud of but when it comes to Robin, there is a fine line of right and wrong that has been established and with that comes my point of this article.
When it came to the way the writers decided to end the show, they already decided this a long time ago. But it didn’t have to much to do with how he actually met the mother, that only took a few minutes at the beginning of the episode. It was mostly about what happened to the gang between the first meeting at the telling of the story to the kids. During that time, I got to see the mother with the group, and I really did like the choice of the mother, Tracy McConnell. But the show was never about this. It was about Robin and Ted. In the end, the hero of the story won, he got what he wanted from day one, on his terms. And that’s what is more important. I love Ted, he’s one of my favorite characters of all time and I’m glad he got what he truly wanted all along. So before you get mad about how it all went down, I think you should think really long and hard about who the story was really about and be happy a really great guy got what he deserved.