Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thoughts on HIMYM

This is not a normal post for me, but as a How I Met Your Mother fan I feel like I need to say a few things. Spoilers are coming, so if you haven't watched it, don't read any further. Two days ago one of my favorite television show came to an end and I can't believe that's it. It's actually over. Surprise! I didn't hate it, but I have some issues with it. So here's where I vent about it.

A few weeks ago is when the rumors started about the Mother being sick. We all feared it, but we all knew it was going to happen. Some serious foreshadowing was going on, but I think a lot of fans didn't want to believe it. We've been waiting 9 Seasons for Ted to be with the Mother and she's going to die? Nononono. We've been waiting for Ted to find the one, and it was heartbreaking to think she might be gone.

There was a moment in the finale when I knew what was going to happen. The moment Barney & Robin told the group they were getting divorced was the moment I knew Ted would end up with Robin.

It all made sense. Ted would meet the Mother, marry her, have 2 kids, and then she would get sick. He'd end up with Robin. This is obviously where the internet exploded and all the backlash about this episode is coming from.

Think about it though. Would we really be content if Ted & Robin didn't end up together? I've grown to love the story between the two of them, especially this past season, and it wouldn't have felt right if they weren't together. I didn't see it coming, but at the same time I did. Robin has always known she was always supposed to be with Ted. Even on her wedding day. I think Ted was just too good of a friend, and a person to tell her that. HIMYM has been all about this grand story of love, romance, and destiny. Ted's destiny has always been for him to be with Robin, and I think he's always known that. I think as fans we've known that too. Robin has always been the one.

I'm happy with how things turned out, but my problem with the finale is that it was just so incredibly rushed. There were 10 minutes left of the episode and there were still so many loose ends! I think that's where the error was. This entire 9th season has been spent on the wedding day shenanigans, and random pointless encounters, when it could've been spent tying up loose ends. I just wanted them to get to the point and, and ultimately they did, but this season seriously dragged on and the finale felt so rushed. That's where some of my disappointment comes from.

I'm happy for Marshall & Lily and where there lives ended up. I'm happy Barney found a girl he could spend everyday loving. I'm sad Barney & Robin got divorced. I'm sad that the mother died. But ultimately I'm really happy Ted & Robin ended up together. The blue french horn ending was perfection. I just wish all of this wasn't shoved into an hour long episode.

How I Met Your Mother has been a pleasure to watch. It's been a hilarious story of friendship, life, and love. There's nothing that will ever change that.

Farewell to How I Met Your Mother. I can't believe it's over. It's been legendary.

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