So I can already tell that I’m in the minority but I really enjoyed the series finale to HIMYM. I knew going into this episode that it would be controversial because a number of things were going to be done to subvert expectations since that’s what HIMYM has always been about.
To people who closely watch the show, the mother dying wasn’t exactly something that was very hidden. It’s been fairly well eluded to the past few seasons and especially in the episode “Vesuvius" with Tracy saying "What mother is going to miss her daughter’s wedding?” and then Ted getting sad. Also a neat little parallel here with Tracy being able to be with Max and then Ted being with Robyn. Also, fun callback to Season 1 with the mother being named Tracy.
I think most of what I really loved about this finale is how truthful it was to real life. We have friends that we want to never leave and think for the longest time that everything will be perfect forever but in reality we all change as people and for one reason or another sometimes you grow apart from these friends. Relationships don’t work out sometimes as much as we’d like them to. It’s all part of life and I think HIMYM took the much braver road instead of the easy one of simply leaving off the mother dying and Ted performing one last grandiose romantic gesture for Robin.
A lot of people didn’t care for the finale but this isn’t our story to tell. In the end, how else would you have made this finale? Ted just being meeting Tracy at the bus stop would have been kind of a boring ending. Just like Ted calling Robin “Aunt Robin” in the first episode, the show always been one to subvert our expectations and stray from norm. Ted and Robin wouldn’t have made sense much earlier in the series since they both wanted different things (Robin wanting to work on her career, Ted wanting to have a family). In the end, they both got what they wanted though and in the end it made them the people they are and made them ready for each other.
It’s been a fun time watching this show and I’ll probably almost always watch it when I’m flipping around on TV for something to watch. I started watching HIMYM back in September 2008 as a freshman in college and I’m now getting ready to finish my master’s degree, it’s been quite the ride.There have been times I wanted to give up on this show because there are some really lame episodes throughout the mix but then there were always glimmers of hope parsed throughout.
-Tracy being dressed in a Gore/Lieberman sweatshirt to pair with Ted’s hanging chad costume is super cute/funny.
-The aging for future everybody actually looks somewhat reasonable
-The expressions/reactions from Ted’s kids seem a little off since it was recorded during Season 2 and the show had a massively different tone back then.
-Are we ever gonna figure out about that pineapple? One mystery left unsolved by the Mosby Boys.
-Lots of fun parallels between the pilot and the series finale (Ghostbuster references, “Have you met Ted?”, Blue French Horn).