The HIMYM Finale [*Spoilers*] and FWBL
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It’s officially over. The 9 long seasons of How I Met Your Mother were phenomenal. Among other things, I feel like I said goodbye to 5 close friends on Monday.
Is that super cheesy?! It may be, but it’s still true.
Studly and I have watched this show from Day 1. Well… I did, and then he starting watching it with me after we got married, by first catching up online.
Well, let’s get down to it and talk about the finale, shall we?
WHAT THE HECK?!
We spent the entire final season just on the weekend of Barney and Robin’s wedding, only to have them get divorced like 10 minutes into the final episode of the series? SERIOUSLY?! How is that okay? MAJOR disappointment. (*saluting* Maaaaajor Disappointment)
And frankly, I thought for sure that eventually Robin and Barney would reconcile and raise his little girl, Ellie, together. Am I the only one? They were both an absolute mess, but… Somehow they were great together. And their reason for divorce was absolutely ridiculous. Right?! Ugh.
And can we talk about the ending already?! First of all, I canNOT believe the mother got terminally ill and died, and we got nothing but the cliff notes version! Ugh ugh ugh!! There was no glimpse of anyone mourning the loss… of the friends all being there, helpful and supportive when it happened… or of the children being there. I mean… I get that it’s a comedy at the end of the day, but they could’ve given us SOMETHING to go on. Even IF we didn’t really get the chance to know her character all that much, you could tell that she was indeed the perfect girl for Ted and that he truly loved her, and she him.
But then they went a ruined it further. So he finishes telling the kids the story of how they met, although she’s barely in the story at all, and then the kids call him on the awkward-but-true fact that it’s more about Robin than their own mother. Umm… Is that at all realistic?! Cringeworthy. As a fan, I really don’t like how they ultimately had Ted back together with Robin. I can appreciate the way they brought their first relationship back into it – with the blue French horn, and her in her apartment alone with all of her pet dogs, but it don’t like it at all. She always put her career before everything – friends, relationships, family – and even after that was the reason for her divorce and she seemed to still love Ted and feel like she should’ve ended up with him… It actually happened?! Not cool. She didn’t deserve him. The hopeless romantic, always forgiving, nice-guy Ted with two kids and a late wife… NO MA’AM!!
And Secondly, I have to vent about Ted and Tracy’s relationship. I get that she got pregnant, so their original wedding plans weren’t quite going to work, but… Hopeless romantic Ted finally finds his DREAM girl, and instead of marrying her sooner than planned, he waits like 10 years?! I thought for SURE that they’d get married sooner, with a super small ceremony of just the friends and maybe the families, at that same B&B where most of their relationship seemed to unfold in the flash-forwards throughout the season.
But now I have to share my other theories. As a fan, I looooved loved loved the final episode, and I thought that it made up for the entirety of the final season in what it incorporated as the ending to an epic television series. I’m a huge fan of the series and felt very invested – WAY more than I ever should’ve been (which is why I cried, then laughed, then cried, then screamed at the tv, then cried and cried and cried again). But I understand that there is more involved here.
So let’s address that, shall we?!
I’m going to transition to a completely different perspective – for lack of a better description: the Literary Perspective.
From a completely less-invested point of view, where I don’t let my emotions (inflamed as they were) really hinder me, I can honestly say that from a writing perspective… Ted and Robin ending up together in the end was actually genius and made perfect sense.
Don’t shoot me.
Think about it…
The entire story that was shared throughout the show… how he met their mother… began when he met Robin. Not in high school, or college, or any other completely random time in his life, as a journey of such length easily could, but it began when he met her.
And all throughout the series, there was a high level of emphasis placed on Robin’s life and relationships, even outside of Ted and more so than any of the other characters. It really was more like a kind of foreshadowing than anything else.
All of this aside, as a fan, I still wasn’t happy with how it ended. I think they should’ve done one of two things:
1) Left the Robin situation to our imaginations. Even if they’d had the kids say something, which wasn’t my cup of tea, they could’ve just let you imagine them getting back together. Maybe a little shot of Ted blushing and denying it, with just sort of a pensive look on his face, or something to say he was slightly considering it.
2) Ended the show with them talking at the train station. This is my favorite option, and totally gets my vote. When they first started talking and the camera left off on both of them smiling as it panned out… How GREAT of an ending would that have been?! He’s telling the story of how they met, and it ends with exactly that. Sweet as pie and with plenty of closure.
Aahhh closure. The elusive feeling that none of us were able to experience with this finale. Though I’ll always love this show, and will gladly watch reruns over and over, there’s still a big part of me that wishes this was a huuuge April Fools joke.
And that brings me to FWBL.
I’m not sure whether or not it was their intention to bank on us needing a distraction from the finale of HIMYM, but it worked. I literally took like 10 minutes just to try and process what happened, as well as vent back and forth with Studly and some girlfriends on Facebook, and then started the pilot episode of Friends With Better Lives.
It was pretty funny. It’s no replacement for HIMYM by any means, and I don’t think that’s their overarching intention (it wouldn’t be wise, if it was), but it wasn’t terrible.
I certainly laughed. I’m a sucker for a good pun… Or even a bad one, for that matter… And James VanDerBeek’s character was chock full of them. The characters were mostly funny (though I’m least a fan of Brooklyn Deckers’s character and her fiancé, the weird hipster Australian restaurateur. ????) and I look forward to seeing several more episodes and how they develop everyone and their friendships with soooo much going on.
All-in-all, I think it’ll be good for at least a season or two, though it won’t last too long unless they really give the show some guts and don’t force it as much as they did in the first episode (which I get is necessary for a pilot).
Anywho, it’ll be a long while before I get as invested in a show as I have been with HIMYM (if it ever happens again… I was a tad crazypants, if I’m honest), but again – I still feel like its one of the best sitcoms in a very long time. It’s almost crazy to look back at how much has changed in my own life since the show actually started, and maybe that’s why I was so attached. As each of the characters went through different seasons of their fictional lives, so did I… and at some point along the way, I found myself relating to each one of them at different times, as crazy as that may sound.
Alright, well… That’s my take on everything. What about you – Did you watch HIMYM? What’d you think about the finale, or the series as a whole? And did you catch the pilot episode of FWBL? Are there any other shows you may have related to or become super invested in over the years? Like Dexter or Game of Thrones, perhaps?
Spill the beans so that I don’t feel like the only crazypants out there!