There are spoilers in here, you’ve been warned.
In my personal opinion, I loved the finale. How I Met Your Mother, like the headline says, is a show about how Ted meets his children’s mother. But it’s also about life. Life never goes the way you plan. It’s about the friendships you make along the way. The memories you make, the relationship hardships, the deaths and the births. The heartbreaks, the joys, the ups and the downs. The show was always about the journey and never the destination.
“Because sometimes, even if you know how something’s gonna end, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride.”
Ted always had a plan to meet the love of his life, fall in love, and have kids. It may have taken him a couple relationships, a trip down the aisle, a butterfly tramp stamp and a couple interventions, but he made it. He finally met Tracy. Fate intervened, they met, they fell in love, they had kids, they got married. But like real life, shit happens. The ending wasn’t perfect, but life isn’t either.
Yes, Barney and Robin experienced a couple character setbacks. But Barney did find the love of his life, his daughter Ellie. Robin put her career first and gave up her friendships for work, but that’s Robin’s character. From the moment Barney said everything was going “great” 20 minutes in, I knew Barney and Robin were doomed.
Let’s face it, we always knew the show was going to end with Ted meeting the mother. And frankly, I’m glad that we got to know her a little bit better this past season (although I would’ve loved to see more of her, because let’s face it – Tracy is awesome). But why would Craig Thomas and Carter Bays spend 9 entire seasons showing us Ted and Robin’s love affair. The kids are right. Ted would not have spent so much time telling them a story of his love for their Aunt Robin if he truly wasn’t meant to be with her. Imagine a one season show about how Ted meets the mother at episode 24, everyone would have hated it. We wouldn’t have experienced the slap bets, the zitch dogs, the weddings, the Playbook, the nasty pizzas, and Robin Sparkles. **[Edit] After my friend Katie Fernandes and I discussed this post, I had to add something. “If the mother had died and that was all, I would have been mad cause it seemed pointless.” It’s true. Why would we go through 9 seasons of a show just to have the mother die.**
Craig Thomas and Carter Bays gave us everything they promised (except the story behind the pineapple, but I guess sometimes things have to remain a mystery). Ted met the love of his life, but unfortunately she died.
Victoria was right. Robin was always the one and the reason why Ted’s relationships always failed. And most importantly, Marshall won the bet. Marshall always knew that deep down, fate would intervene and Ted would end up with Robin. And he did. In a way, we did get a happily ever after.
Because in the end, if you’re meant to be with someone, it’ll happen.