How i met your mother

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Almost exactly eight months ago, the ninth và final season of CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” came to its long-awaited conclusion. As the show had promised since the very beginning of the series, the series finale finally showedTed (Josh Radnor) meeting Tracy (Cristin Milioti), the future mother of his children. It only took 208 episodes & about twelve dozen cthua calls, but “How I Met Your Mother” did it, finally letting Ted và Tracy meet-xinh đẹp under a yellow umbrella in the rain.

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The story didn’t over there, however. Tracy, a quiông chồng montage revealed, has been dead for six years in 2030, và the true point of 2030-era Ted rambling to his increasingly bored children was khổng lồ kiểm tra the waters regarding their thoughts on “Aunt Robin,” Ted’s longtime off-and-on love interest (Cobie Smulders) with whom Ted was apparently always meant to over up.


People were pissed.

Of course, that’s not unusual for a series finale — sticking the landing is one of the hardest things a show ever has lớn vì chưng. For one thing, the terms are sometimes impossible lớn dictate, thanks khổng lồ an abbreviated season, unexpected cancelation or laông chồng of renewal. And even when the show has some sense of control over its ending (or at the very least, a little bit of warning), it then has to lớn measure up lớn fan expectations, which can be even more brutal than the critics. “Lost” had literally three years to lớn work up its conclusion, & people still got pretty mad.

Over the last 40 years of television, the only universally beloved series finales are the last episodes of “M.A.S.H.” and… Wait. It might just be “M.A.S.H.” Oh, and“Star Trek: The Next Generation.”“M.A.S.H.” and“Star Trek: The Next Generation.” That’s it.

While some cấp độ of disappointmentvà dissatisfaction always accompany that very last role of the credits, there are a few finales that are considered full-on failures, và the general consensus is that “How I Met Your Mother” is one of them. But after eight months of thinking about “Last Forever (Parts 1 & 2)”… Maybe it’s time we tried khổng lồ forgive it.

Reasons lớn Still Be Mad

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But here’s the thing about that: I can think of no better depiction of what it’s lượt thích khổng lồ thảm bại a friend or loved one. Because when someone who mattered to you passes away, in large part that’s what they become — the works they created, the memories they left behind. For Ted & his children, Tracy has been gone for years. But she is real and alive, in these stories. Because that’s now where she lives.

As for the latter. it is true that what occurred was a bait-and-switch: We believed we were being told one love sầu story, and actually we were being told another. After falling in and out of love with Ted and Robin as a couple for nearly a decade, being genuinely unsure who lớn root for — especially when Tracy entered the scene — that final scene, in which Ted runs khổng lồ Robin with a xanh French horn, felt just a little bit lượt thích emotional whiplash. Had Ted & Robin really earned a happily ever after? After all, was that really the story Ted had been telling his children, all these years?

What Makes It (Potentially) Great

The concept of an unreliable narrator in fiction is often belabored to the point of boredom (in fact, I bet the words “unreliable narrator” just now gave sầu you an uncomfortable flashback lớn high school English class). But in many respects television is only beginning to scratch the surface.

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The current standard-bearer is Showtime’s twisty domestic thriller “The Affair,” but “How I Met Your Mother” was also a pioneer, as the show made regular use of its framing device lớn create both quichồng gags and deeper cuts, including in-jokes that stretched over years. (For example, Ted’s inability khổng lồ remember which of his birthday parties featured him having a fistfight with a goat.)

Ted is presented as relatively infallible, as narrators go — when he’s telling his kids something that doesn’t match up exactly with reality, the show calls hyên ổn out deliberately on that point. Until the finale, when the entire premise is turned on its head.

It all comes down khổng lồ that last scene between Ted và his kids, which — in case you didn’t know — was filmed in part after “How I Met Your Mother’s” Season 2 finale. The filmed part was, very specifically, the shots of Ted’s kids (Lyndsy Fonseca andDavid Henrie) telling Ted that they knew their widowed father was only talking about their mother because he wanted their approval khổng lồ date Robin.


The decision to film that scene in advance was made because Fonseca and Henrie were aging out of the roles, but the result was that for nearly the entire run of the show,creators Craig Thomas và Carter Bayshave sầu known exactly how they wanted their show to lớn end.

Unfortunately, the ending they ended up with in 2014 didn’t perfectly match up with that original concept, perhaps because Tracy was integrated too well into the final season. The best proof of that is thefan-cut,thentacitly-approvedalternate ending which removed any mention of the mother’s death & instead featured Ted & Tracy, alive sầu & together.


Plenty of “HIMYM” fans would have sầu been satisfied with Ted finally actually meeting Tracy & living happily ever after. However, thanks lớn that early commitment to lớn what is still the official ending khổng lồ the show, Thomas & Bays did pull off one of television’s more exciting series finale twists.

From Ted’s perspective, he was telling a love sầu story driven by fate as much as coincidence, a love story where the happy ending, for hyên, was the two children who wouldn’t exist without it. However, when Ted’s children tell hlặng what story he’s actually been telling — the story of why he and Robin should be together — they make the storyteller fallible, removing his authority over the narrative just as it comes khổng lồ a cđại bại.

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It’s a bold move sầu that puts “HIMYM” on a quality list: the series finales that actually surprised us. For some, that surprise was a disappointment. But disappointment is expecting that a life has only one love story, that happily ever after only happens once, that surprises, good and bad, happen along the way. “How I Met Your Mother” was never perfect. But then again, whoever said life was?

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