Last episodes of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - (spoilers, well it's the end!)

(46 Posts)
GertieFinkle Thu 17-Jul-14 22:18:58

What an utter, utter, utter pile of steaming shite. Worst show ending ever. I wish I'd never started watching it (apart from Barney's suits song ages ago).

I am so disappointed!

MavisDee Thu 17-Jul-14 22:20:44

Me too, so disappointed, never liked Robin!

I thought it was crap too.

I mean someone dies in the last episode of a comedy show?? Really?!

GertieFinkle Thu 17-Jul-14 22:24:15

Me neither. What a waste, poor Tracy, just an inconvenient bump in the path of tedium which was ted and robin. Blah.

It just made the whole show totally pointless.

And Ted seem even more self obsessed.

GertieFinkle Thu 17-Jul-14 22:31:47

Yes exactly, totally pointless and Ted was a knob (although he always was)

StressheadMcGee Fri 18-Jul-14 13:23:08

If only it'd ended about 3 minutes before the point where the writers chose to end it! It really cheapened the whole relationship with the Mother - and it didn't feel like Ted would do that sad

Isitmylibrarybook Fri 18-Jul-14 13:31:27

Even though the thread title has made clear there will be spoilers, I'll leave a very huge chunk of space in case anyone gets on here by mistake!
Awful, hated it. Turned out the two series of Robin and Barney growing up to be able to be together were just a waste of time; Barney regressing was horrible; and the disrespect shown to the mother (oh yes, she was great but then oh by the way, she....that's covered in 2 seconds?)

You can spend a lot of time on the internet reading a lot of discussion by discontented people on this issue! Amazed I hadn't picked it up before now, by mistake. Apparently people had been predicting it for a long time whereas I only picked up hints this series and thought I was being very clever! There is another school of thought which is that it all makes sense - why else is Ted going into such detail with his dcs (though you might ask that anyway - do they really want to know all the salacious stuff?) - and is very good to counter the 'love of your life' theory, by pointing out that we can all love more than one person during our lives. (As did Mother of course - it does become clear why they gave her the history that she had, bit of the old symmetry there.)

Glad I am not the only one that was disappointed!

My husband accidentally gave one spoiler away about the mother (THE spoiler!) and I thought that was why I felt the way that I did. My daughter had watched the series online before we got it and said she cried but I was left there saying 'Is that it?!'

Dolly80 Sat 19-Jul-14 07:10:50

I watched it online a while ago and was left feeling disappointed. There's an alternate ending made by fans on You Tube which I preferred.

PeppermintInfusion Sat 19-Jul-14 07:22:10

So so so disappointed- I remember the end of Friends, it was all a bit "aww, end of an era". Instead HIMYM dragged a weekend out over a series (I couldn't remember what happened at the start if this series whenever it was referred to again) then raced through 15 years in half an hour.

Tracey and Ted really had other loves of their lives; I get that they were using the idea of loving more than one person but it just seemed like meeting her was enough of a cute story that Ted could romanticise to create his love story. That they never got around to getting married until later seemed so un-Ted like. Tracey also just seemed to tag along and not really integrated with the rest of them over the years.

Robin and Barney, who had finally seemed to develop as characters over the last few series, just seemed like complete arses and they parted ways too easily. Robin is a bit meh in my opinion anyway, but Barney to just revert to his old ways was a cop out, especially that he got someone pg and saw the error of his ways with his baby- it just seemed an opportunity to run through his old jokes (which were some of the best of the show) one last time.

Marshall and Lilly just didn't seem to do anything in the intervening years, apart from Marshall becoming a judge- what did she do? Could they not have had one last story line?

It also didn't show any of their lives develop really- in the flash forwards, they are at the bar, robots vs wrestlers, etc but doesn't really show them doing family things so seemed a bit contrived.

Isitmylibrarybook Sat 19-Jul-14 07:25:20

Ooh i'll look for the you tube alternative that sounds fun.

That is indeed quite a spoiler for your dh to give away purplekitty! Though many people seem to have guessed in advance (which does not make it any less annoying, i can tell you), particularly after one specific episode in the last series. The musical instrument was so annoying - the message that came across was that she was the one he was destined to be with all along, whereas throughout the series you're being led to believe it's the mother who's his true intended.

I read somewhere (there is a lot of discussion on the internet, as i mentioned!) that in about series 4 ted does say 'kids don't ever tell your mother i said this'. I do seem to remember this, but am not sure - if so thats odd because apparently the writers planned this ending all along. Unless ted and the dcs got into the habit of jokingly talking about her like that, which i suppose would be ok.

Isitmylibrarybook Sat 19-Jul-14 07:37:51

Peppermint yes! The late marriage. Now, in real life i wouldnt draw any conclusions at all from that - marries, not marries, doesn't matter - but in the context of ted it was extraordinary - totally unlike him and really gave the impression that she was second best.

I suppose others might say no it showed he realised what was really important - love, not marriage, but that doesn't really work in the case of Ted.
I think Tracy didn't really integrate with them and i'm glad - because, let's face it, none of them were very nice people. And yes i do include lily in that! Though i agree lily should have been given a last storyline.

Geekery - has anyone gone back and worked out whether the 'boo hoo 'robin's ditched us all theme' is consistent with the charming little get togethers lily and robin had over the years when robin was gradually revealing the story about how she let mike tyson look after marvin? They seemed pretty close on those evenings, not as the finale conveyed. Bit it may depend on the precise timeline! Obviously robin became more friendly witht them after tracy died, wonder why.

PeppermintInfusion Sat 19-Jul-14 07:57:55

Librarybook, yes in real life the marriage thing is pretty normal but not for Ted and I don't think he would be one to go for real love doesn't need paper etc.

Agree that none of them are actually very nice people!

RocknRollNerd Sat 19-Jul-14 18:23:45

I've spent the last 2 weeks trying to convince DH it would be Lily who wouldn't grow up to see her daughter's wedding - to be honest if they'd killed her off and left Ted with Tracey it would have been better. I could accept one of them dying to be honest - the writers/producers have said all along that they were telling a story about growing up from early 20s onwards - sadly by the time you hit your early 40s many people will have lost someone their age from their 'group'. Killing Tracey off who we hadn't known long enough to really care about was pointless though and I don't get that Ted really should have ended up with Robin, I thought she was a much better match for Barney.

It was indeed decidedly 'meh' - we'd only stuck with s.8 and 9 because we knew it would end and the story resolve. Until the last few series the fall back plan was Ted would marry Vickycupcakes if the series got pulled, I think I'd have been happier if he'd married her rather than ultimately ending up with Robin.

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 19-Jul-14 20:41:40

I thought the last series was so tedious.

But I LOVED the the way it ended! Thought it was really clever and made things like Ted going into too much detail about Aunt Robin make sense. The Ted/Robin thing always confused me. I originally thought she was the mother until he called her 'Aunt Robin', then the too-much-detail thing started to confuse me.

Makes sense now about the locket he found for her. I thought that was really weird.

No, I thought it was a brilliant ending.

Am I the only one?blush

MyChildDoesntNeedSleep Sat 19-Jul-14 20:44:22

Lilly was my favourite character. But yes I suppose when you think about it, she wasn't a very nice person (the stealing, the violence).

Marshall was nice though...can't think of anything bad about him.

Isitmylibrarybook Sun 20-Jul-14 08:25:04

Rocknroll that's interesting, i see it the other way round - terrible to kill off tracy because she was the only nice character! They wrote her as so lovely that the audience were besotted with her (just me?)

Child, no you're not the only one on the internet who liked it but its fair to say you're in a minority! You're right that in a sense it explained why he was going on and on and on about robin, that is a weird story to tell your children! But the ending to me made it seem that he finally had to give up on robin when she married barney, then 'settled' for tracy, and then got back to the one he always wanted to be with (i know the time travellers episode does contradict the 'settling' impression...)

Marshall would have been nice except for the hitting thing (slapbet) - loathed that horrible violent storyline and the way it was presented as comedy - why is it funny to hit someone repeatedly?

PeppermintInfusion Sun 20-Jul-14 10:20:06

Library book, it definitely seemed like he was settling!

olaflikeswarmhugs Sun 20-Jul-14 10:40:20

So glad I've found this thread I've been ranting about this all weekend !!

Firstly , sooooo disrespectful to your children to tell them a story about their dead mother when the theme of the story was that he always really loved someone else

Hated that barney and robin split up they should never have married them in the first place it seemed really out of place I didn't get it at all .

The pp who said Ted told the kids "never tell your mother this" !! Yes I'm sure I remember that I'm off to google !

Also if robin was out of their lives , why would they call her "Aunt" and why a few seasons ago did it show us lots of drawings they had done of them with her ?? confused

PeppermintInfusion Sun 20-Jul-14 10:59:14

It would have made more sense if Robin and Barney had both stayed single and been happy doing so, rather than marrying each other. Neither of them seemed to be the marrying type.

Isitmylibrarybook Sun 20-Jul-14 12:34:34

yes, i think the impression conveyed earlier on was that Ant Robin had been a big part of their childhoods - which was obviously not true early on, clearly - although maybe she started coming to visit more often once tracey had died. (cynical)

I am surprisingly annoyed by this turn of events...

EduCated Sun 20-Jul-14 12:45:51

* HIMYM dragged a weekend out over a series (I couldn't remember what happened at the start if this series whenever it was referred to again) then raced through 15 years in half an hour*

This. THIS. The last series was so tedious, then they whacked all of that into the last half hour? And the bit of her dying was literally one shot in a hospital bed then 2 mins later he was racing after Robin? Pah.

I could have gone with the storyline had they spread it over the series and really developed it, not rushed it through to a neat ending. They spent so long building Tracy up as a perfect character then just get rid of her at the last second. Unimpressed.

My husband let slip about Tracy when the episode was on about Robin's mum not coming to the wedding and a comment was made about what kind of mother wouldn't go to their daughter's wedding. He said 'oh yes, she d........'

Before that I thought it was Tracy's mum hadn't gone to their wedding! I just don't often pick up on clues.

I grew to really hate Barney and all the Lengend - wait for it - ary stuff!

MrsWolowitz Sun 20-Jul-14 13:04:11

I loathe Barney.

Ugh. Horrible sexist creep.

Poor Tracey sad hated the last series, it was sooooooo tedious.

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