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How I Met Your Mother Series Finale

Posted by on Apr. 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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NEW YORK (AP) — In its 208th and final episode on Monday, the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother" finally revealed the mystery contained in its title and then ended with a twist designed to reward longtime fans.

Actor Josh Radnor's character Ted meets the mom, played by actress Cristin Milioti, on a rainy train platform after his friends Barney and Robin are married.

But that marriage doesn't last, and neither does Ted's — because Milioti's character Tracy dies after the couple has two children together. And at the end of the one-hour episode, the romance that seemed natural at the show's beginning, between Ted and Robin, is rekindled.

Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas say they knew the plot for the final episode when the series premiered nine years ago. Success kept them stringing along the story, even though part of Monday's finale was filmed in 2006 for fear that the teen-aged actors who played Ted's children would become unrecognizable.

The series has been a solid if not spectacular performer for CBS, and its average of 9.8 million viewers this season means it will likely be its most-watched ever. It has never averaged below 8.25 million viewers in a season, the Nielsen company said, and its success in syndication means reruns will likely be seen for many years to come.

Most of the last season has been set in one weekend: Robin and Barney's wedding, where Tracy was the bass player in the wedding band. The final episode skips through several years, where we learn that the marriage of Robin and Barney (played by Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris) splits up because of her success as a television correspondent. Barney has a baby through a one-night stand and Marshall and Lily (played by Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan) have three kids and he becomes a judge.

Ted and Tracy get married after a long engagement and the kids, but she gets sick and dies, a development that many fans speculated upon in recent weeks because of a foreshadowing in an earlier episode.

After that, Ted wraps up the story — how I met your mother — that he had been telling his children throughout the length of the show.

The children, however, tell him that it's also a story about how he loves their Aunt Robin. They say his attraction to her is obvious and that he should ask her on a date.

"C'mon, dad," said the daughter, played by Lyndsy Fonseca. "Mom's gone for six years now. It's time."

Ted and Robin dated early in the show's history and seemed a natural match. Yet the producers made clear that Robin was not the "mother" of the title, disappointing many of the show's fans at the time.

The children urge Ted to pick up the phone and call Robin. He thinks better of it and drives to her apartment. She opens the window to see him holding a blue horn — a reference to a story from when they had dated — and the series ends.

The producers are at work on a pilot for a spinoff series, "How I Met Your Dad," that involves different actors. This cast has already scattered, and commercials that aired during the finale advertised an upcoming movie starring Segel and a Broadway show where Harris is appearing. On Monday night, Smulders appeared at a New York screening for the movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in which she performs.

Smulders said that after the screening, she planned to go home and watch the finale with friends. She said many of the emotions felt by the characters in the last episode mirrored what the actors were feeling.

"I am personally really thrilled," she said. "The show comes full circle."

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Associated Press correspondent Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.

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David Bauder can be reached at dbauder@ap.org or on Twitter@dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder


What did you think of how it all ended?

by on Apr. 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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CorpCityGrl
by Bronze Member on Apr. 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I was not a long-time fan.  In fact, I actually was in the test audience for the show before it aired years and years ago and hated it.  I DID watch it on and off through the years.  I felt the finale a bit rushed towards the second half of the hour and to be honest with you, I kind of didn't like the fact that it ended up being Ted and Robin in the end.  Doing that kind of diluted the whole story of what was supposed to ultimately Ted and Tracy.

.Bubbles.
by on Apr. 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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I hate that they focused the entire last season on Robin and Barney's wedding. I knew that it would never last, but I didn't expect them to split 15 minutes in to the next episode. 

I really liked that they had Barney become a father to a girl. When he picked her up and held her it was a really really great moment. Maybe that's because I love NPH.

I had a feeling all along that Tracy would die. I didn't know when or how, but I always believed that was why Ted was telling the story. It all seemed so rushed and jumbled together. All the stuff in the last episode could have been spread out amongst many episodes.

CorpCityGrl
by Bronze Member on Apr. 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I agree with you.

I think Barney holding his daughter for the first time was one of the best scenes of the finale.  I shed a tear.  It was a pivotal moment for him.

I always had a feeling that she would die, but I too felt that it was too rushed and jumbled together and almost manic in how it was told and put together. 

Quoting .Bubbles.:

I hate that they focused the entire last season on Robin and Barney's wedding. I knew that it would never last, but I didn't expect them to split 15 minutes in to the next episode. 

I really liked that they had Barney become a father to a girl. When he picked her up and held her it was a really really great moment. Maybe that's because I love NPH.

I had a feeling all along that Tracy would die. I didn't know when or how, but I always believed that was why Ted was telling the story. It all seemed so rushed and jumbled together. All the stuff in the last episode could have been spread out amongst many episodes.


Sillieguze
by Member on Apr. 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

The episode did feel a bit rushed, but overall I liked it.  It seemed like a fitting end to the show.  

lydi
by Silver Member on Apr. 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

 When during a previous episode did they hint that she would die?

I am still shell shocked over it all, but alteast they didn't leave any open ends.  It was very sweet about Barney and his daughter and Ted's kids wanting him to be happy after their mother died.

kwannon
by Member on Apr. 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM
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In the episode this season when Robin's mom comes to her wedding.  They flash forward to Ted and Tracy (so nice to have a name!) and she says something like, "What kind of mother would miss her own daughter's wedding?" which made Ted pause and start to cry. 

I started watching the show late last year (thank God for Netflix!) and I fell in love with all these people.  I agree that it was kind of lame to stretch out the last season during Robin and Barney's wedding only to break them up in the first 15 minutes.  I really wanted them to last.  However, considering they had Penny and Luke film the last 10 minutes of the show several years ago (the actors were getting old, so they had to get 'em while they were young) this was the ending they were considering all along.  You can't deny that clues weren't dropped all throughout the last season.

I agree that it was pretty disappointing that Ted didn't have his happily ever after with the Mother, especially since it took so much time to find her.  Also, it's kind of a bummer that we only knew the Mother for less than a season, I would have loved to see more of her.

Butif they were always planning on killing her off, I am happy that Ted and Robin ended up together.  Sure, they've had such a rocky history togeter, but you have to admit that he has always loved her.  It's nice to know that they're grow old(er) together.

Quoting lydi:

 When during a previous episode did they hint that she would die?

I am still shell shocked over it all, but alteast they didn't leave any open ends.  It was very sweet about Barney and his daughter and Ted's kids wanting him to be happy after their mother died.


Mommy2Boys0900
by Bronze Member on Apr. 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM
I was yelling about how they focused on Barney & Robin's wedding for the whole season just to have them divorce (my son laughed at me for losing it) :-)

I always thought Ted & Robin would end up together. I love that they gave Ted a wife and kids though. And as much as I loved Robin, I always thought it was awkward for her to be with Ted then Barney then Ted...
I loved how Barney jokingly made the comment about you are the love of my life. Every thing I have and every thing I am is yours, forever, just to Really mean it when he held his daughter.
I'm going to miss the show, and aside from focusing an entire season on Barney & Robin's wedding, I loved the ending. I'm happy Ted finally got what he wanted.

Quoting .Bubbles.:

I hate that they focused the entire last season on Robin and Barney's wedding. I knew that it would never last, but I didn't expect them to split 15 minutes in to the next episode. 

I really liked that they had Barney become a father to a girl. When he picked her up and held her it was a really really great moment. Maybe that's because I love NPH.

I had a feeling all along that Tracy would die. I didn't know when or how, but I always believed that was why Ted was telling the story. It all seemed so rushed and jumbled together. All the stuff in the last episode could have been spread out amongst many episodes.

lydi
by Silver Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

 Thanks.  I remember that episode, but still can't remember that.  No matter all the hubbub with the last season and episode I love HIMYM and will miss new episodes and I agree thank god for Netflix.

Quoting kwannon:

In the episode this season when Robin's mom comes to her wedding.  They flash forward to Ted and Tracy (so nice to have a name!) and she says something like, "What kind of mother would miss her own daughter's wedding?" which made Ted pause and start to cry. 

I started watching the show late last year (thank God for Netflix!) and I fell in love with all these people.  I agree that it was kind of lame to stretch out the last season during Robin and Barney's wedding only to break them up in the first 15 minutes.  I really wanted them to last.  However, considering they had Penny and Luke film the last 10 minutes of the show several years ago (the actors were getting old, so they had to get 'em while they were young) this was the ending they were considering all along.  You can't deny that clues weren't dropped all throughout the last season.

I agree that it was pretty disappointing that Ted didn't have his happily ever after with the Mother, especially since it took so much time to find her.  Also, it's kind of a bummer that we only knew the Mother for less than a season, I would have loved to see more of her.

Butif they were always planning on killing her off, I am happy that Ted and Robin ended up together.  Sure, they've had such a rocky history togeter, but you have to admit that he has always loved her.  It's nice to know that they're grow old(er) together.

Quoting lydi:

 When during a previous episode did they hint that she would die?

I am still shell shocked over it all, but alteast they didn't leave any open ends.  It was very sweet about Barney and his daughter and Ted's kids wanting him to be happy after their mother died.

 

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