So Ted finally meets the mother--- and then she dies.
The one-hour “How I Met Your Mother” finale, which aired on CBS on Monday night, left some fans feeling outraged and “let down” by the ending of the once-hilarious show about a group of friends who spend way too much time in their neighborhood pub. Fans of the nine-season-long series took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the episode that was packed with plot twists and sad moments.
— Cristina West (@accinta) April 1, 2014
Perhaps one of the most controversial plot lines of the final episode was the revelation that the mother, Tracy, was dead all along. Speculation began several weeks ago that maybe the mother would be killed off the series when an episode concluded with Josh Radnor’s Ted appearing teary eyed during a romantic trip with his wife. She died from an unnamed sickness.
Cant believe I waited 9 seasons to meet the mom and then they kill her off. Worst series episode ending EVER! So disappointed. #HIMYMFinale
— Alexa Ray (@MisCaliGirl) April 1, 2014
Meanwhile, Ted’s best friend Barney, played by Neil Patrick Harris, and Robin, played by Cobie Smulders, ended their marriage in divorce—after one of TV’s longest weddings ever, which took up nearly the entire ninth season. The show concluded as it began, with widower Ted chasing after Robin with the show’s iconic blue French horn in tow.
Nope nope nope. Worst ending ever. Blue French horn or not. What a let down. #HIMYMFinale
— Katie Reed (@amotherthing) April 1, 2014
I hate it.. #HIMYMFinale
— Lizzie Rivera (@NowhereLiz) April 1, 2014
The ending of #HIMYMFinale is seriously getting me down.
— Heidi Maunder (@HeidiMaunder) April 1, 2014
— Laura MurrayDePeters (@murrala) April 1, 2014
— Denise Caputo (@dmcaputo) April 1, 2014
But while many on social media expressed their disappointment over the show’s rapid and unpredictable end, others defended the writers’ choice to make the story end with Ted’s obsession with Robin, echoing the point Ted’s kids brought up – which was that the story his character told focused much more on the group of friends featured in all nine seasons, rather than the mother, who only appeared at the end of the series.
Slowly coming to terms with the #HIMYMFinale. In the end I think that's always the story they were really telling.
— Leah Kennedy (@LeahKennedy17) April 1, 2014
Others celebrated the fact that at least two of the show’s main characters, Marshall and Lily, played by Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan respectively, ended up happy.
But at least Marshall and Lily had a nice life.
— Se(bae)stian (@sebas_silverio) April 1, 2014
— Elliott Bornemann (@ElliottBorneman) April 1, 2014
Still, the sitcom's final episode was filled with many more sad moments than happy ones, upsetting some fans who expected the comedy they've come to appreciate from the series.
#HIMYMFinale Not cool to almost cry 5x during one of the most fun Tv show's finale!
— Zane Kalnāja (@zancii) April 1, 2014
Such a sad #HIMYM finale. And by "sad", I mean terrible. And by terrible, I mean "wow, how many hours did I waste on this"?
— Michael C. Horowitz (@mchorowitz) April 1, 2014
So far this finale is legen-wait for it-sad. #HIMYM
— Ang (@AngFettuccine) April 1, 2014
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