Yes I am a huge fan of the show. Yes I became way too attached to the characters. Yes I love it way more than Ted ever loved Star Wars, but this all has nothing to do with my opinion. I have noticed everywhere in the last 24 hours people saying negative things about the way the show was ended in the final episode. Saying it was cruel, rushed, disgusting, or a joke. To them I say thank you for jumping on the bandwagon for season 9, because you knew the show would be ending, only after watching all 8 season on Netflix over a weekend marathon. I applaud you. However, please let me explain a few things.
To the people annoyed how this whole season was over the course of Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend, only for them to get a divorce. Did you really expect something different? Throughout the entire series Robin has not been able to commit. Her number one priority has been work. Throughout the entire series Barney was…Barney. He was sleeping with over 100 girls, had a playbook, and also was never able to commit. Yes it would have been an adorable fairytale if they lived happily ever after together. Yes I was bummed they didn’t., but was I surprised? No. You shouldn’t have been either.
To the people annoyed that they made this huge deal about Ted moving to Chicago, he even leaves the wedding early, and then the next day he’s sitting in a bar like nothing happened. This entire show is based around exaggerated jokes. Have you ever cheered because you’re friend was going to make a pro’s and con’s list? Have you ever broken out into a musical number with your friends? Do you actually have telepathic conversations with your friends? If the answer to any of those was yes, then we should probably hang out, but I’m going to guess it was no. The entire series was written with exaggerated, unrealistic jokes between this group of friends. Not only that, but with a character named Ted who changed his mind about what he wanted in life and who we was in love with every 5 minutes. So again, should we really be surprised here? No.
Now the big one. To the people pissed off that the mother dies. Let me remind you she didn’t just all of a sudden die in this episode. In this story, he was telling to his kids, she has been dead the whole time. The scene with the kids telling Ted to ask out Robin was filmed when this show first started. Therefore all along they had a plan for Robin and Ted to end up together. All along throughout this entire serious if you really thought that wasn’t going to happen then you’re blind. There was always a chemistry between the two characters. Always this back and forth game even when one of them was completely unavailable. We found out in season 7 that Robin can’t have kids. This told us Robin wasn’t the mother, but never had me convinced they wouldn’t end up together. Earlier in season 9 we learned the back story of the mother, Tracey, and learned she was already with “the love of her life” and he died on her 21st birthday. Yes it’s sad that she died, and poor Ted has had a REALLY hard life, but in the end they both get to un up with their true loves. Tracey with hers up in heaven, and Ted with Robin and the blue French horn.
You can choose to look at it the negative way, or you can choose to look at it as the most realistic thing this show has taught us yet. No the show wasn’t just a story about Ted finding his ONE true love. This show taught us how to move on. That you might meet the love of your life because of “destiny” when you’re in college, or you may fall in love more than once, but that doesn’t make it wrong. That no matter how close you are with some people, in reality friends are going to drift apart, but that doesn’t mean its the end of it.
Here’s to the laughs and tears with this show. The pineapple, even though we still have no idea where it came from. The interventions. The cockamouse. The slap bet. Robin Sparkles. Dopplegangers. The playbook. The yellow umbrella.
Here’s to a show that was…..legen…..wait for it…..