Why the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ finale was so terrible

04.01.14 4 years ago

Why the “How I Met Your Mother” finale was so terrible
Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas had a plan from the beginning, a plan they couldn't deviate from, which led to misdirection, says Alan Sepinwall. “The problem is that at a certain point the misdirection became vastly more entertaining than the illusion it was designed to facilitate, and as a result we just wind up feeling tricked, and annoyed, and wondering why we went along with all of it, when we should have known from the very first episode – from the Aunt Robin joke that got us into this gigantic mess – that this was a show that would not hesitate to make us feel tricked. And once upon a time, when we and 'HIMYM' were younger, that was fun, but at a certain point, like the idea of Barney Stinson still having a Playbook in his 40s, it's just sad.” PLUS: The finale bailed on the entire show, the finale turned the entire series into an elaborate con job, what a hackney last-minute plot twist, this was the worst possible ending, and it should've been called “How I Settled For Your Mother.”

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“Anyone who stuck with 'How I Met Your Mother' for nine seasons knew, or should have realized, that in the end it would never be about the mother,” says Miriam Krule. She adds: “If Ted hadn”t ended up with Robin, that would have been an enormous disappointment. The way Ted ended up with Robin-the ending set up, clearly, years ago-was far more interesting and romantic than anything the show could have told us about the mother in 45 minutes or less. This ending was a tribute to the fans who”d been watching for years….” PLUS: Romance-minded viewers should be satisfied, the story all along wasn't about the mother, what made this finale so beautiful was that Ted was so happy, give the creators credit for sticking with their plan, one nagging question from the finale may be released as a DVD extra, and about that finale song.

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