An episode approximately one year in the making. The original ending to How I Met Your Mother rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. After all, why spend an entire season building up a Wedding only to have it end in divorce 10 minutes later?
Well…. to Chris, it fit, Robin and Ted should have been together, and today he states all his reasons why.
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Hello there ladies and gentlemen, my name is Chris Taylor and I am the Advocate of the Devil!
Astute viewers of this show may have noticed one constant throughout every episode. Besides the wit and natural charisma of course. It’s this. *points to the tie*
Some love it, some loathe it, but it’s an intricate part of what I do here. The Ducky Tie. Originally worn by the infamous Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, this tie, I feel, truly represents what I try to do here: Be entertaining and make a lot of references.
The show in question that I’m referencing was pretty damn good too. Lasting nine seasons, fans across the globe have all fallen in love with Robin, Ted, Marshall, Lily, and Barney himself.
Sadly, like everything that is good, it had to come to an end, and when it did, the fans hated it! They killed off the titular Mother all so that Ted could end up with Robin after all! What a travesty! Why did they waste all of our time building up the mystique of Tracy only for it to not even have mattered at all?
… Buuuuut here’s the thing: I loved the ending. I thought it fit perfectly well with the rest of the series, and hopefully by the end of today’s episode, you’ll think so too.
A lot of people took it as a slap in the face that after 9 seasons, How I Met Your Mother basically ended up like every other television Rom Com: It should have really been called “Nine years of Ted pining for Robin until finally he was willing to settle for less”.
After all, aren’t Robin and Barney absolutely perfect for each other? They both like Scotch, look good in a suit..
This would be my first point right here: They’re perfect for each other. TOO Perfect for each other! To the point where it was pretty much doomed for failure at the start.
Think about it. There is a reason why there’s an age old adage of “Opposites attract*. Because it just so happens to be true. If you get two people together and they’re too much alike, it becomes predictable and boring, at least to a certain extent. You’ll know exactly what the other is going to do before they do it.
Besides, all the way back in season 1, they had a shot at being together! Ted is with Victoria and Barney sees an opportunity to make his move. And despite being outwardly somewhat appalled, Barney makes a lot of sense in the matter.
But even after all that, what’s Robin’s reaction? *don’t tell Ted*. Because despite how much sense Barney is making, Robin still has a thing for Ted.
But we all know this already. After all, at the end of the first season and all throughout the second, we see Robin and Ted happily and joyfully being together. Well, until the end when they break up. But what we should also be aware of is, well, that’s not the end of the story!
Just about every single season, whether Robin is dating someone, or Ted is out trying to woo the future mother of his children, there is something, some form of romantic link between these two star crossed lovers.
After Robin finds out she can’t conceive of any children, who is there to try and bring a smile to miss Scherbotsky’s face? Ted! When they’re living together and tensions start running a little high, what helps save the day? *insert clip where they both say they can’t tell Marshall about the casual sex they’re having*
It’s very typical television story writing. You can’t just have the the two main characters BE together. You need to keep the audience guessing. Keep them apart for as long as humanly possible. It’s like a game of cat and mouse. Once the cat catches the mouse, it’s game over.
All TV show’s do it. And the moment the couple to be FINALLY say what is in their hearts, and minds, and souls… the ratings flop and the show inevitably gets canceled. That’s where this show managed to keep interest where most would drop off. Despite what the ending was, it really was about the journey. The journey of how Ted met the mother of his two children, Penny and Luke.
Ted and Robin was more circumstantial, and after all is said and done, there was also an undeniable chemistry between Robin and Barney!
But there is one final thing, one way that the writers and characters within the show managed to tell us, the audience, exactly what was about to happen at the end.
Throughout it all, one thing remained in Ted’s mind: Making Robin Happy. Doing the impossible, putting her own wants and cares above his own! But to a certain extent, he knew that Robin was in love with Barney. The scene later on in that very same episode was of him letting go of Robin… but it’s undercut by what was said previously.
Because let’s all face the truth here: Love is very special, and very rare. If it was so easy to just let go, if it was that disposable, then it wouldn’t actually BE love!
We get 9 seasons with these characters. Nine story years of watching them grow and change. Marshal and Lily get married and have kids of their own. Robin learns to trust, to open herself up to the possibility of love, to choose another person over just her own career.
Even Barney, for all his suits and catch phrases, he grows too with the birth of his daughter.
But Ted? Ted had a one track mind throughout the whole series, and that one track was really one person. Robin Scherbotsky.
And that’s not a bad thing! That’s the way television shows work, eventually the main man and woman come together and make it work.
There is something great to be said about a man or a woman, anyone, who knows exactly what he wants and will stop at nothing to make it happen. In real life, we make compromises all the time with our jobs, or our homes, or our hobbies, all based on any number of factors.
Ted, he didn’t compromise. He knew what he wanted, and accomplished his goal. He made Robin happy. It was so obvious to everyone that even his kids, YEARS after the book seemed to have been written and done on Ted and Robin could see right through him.
In my head, I like to think that even Ted didn’t realize just how big a part of his life Robin was. That it took him trying to move on and live his life away from what he wanted. And subconciously, he needed to tell his story to his children so that THEY could let him see the truth.
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I do hope I managed to shed some light into why the original ending to How I Met Your Mother makes the most sense. Whether it be in that the marriage between Barney and Robin was, in some ways, doomed from the start, or even the simple matter of there always being something romantical between Robin and Ted, in my opinion the original ending is the ONLY ending that makes sense.
And not just to me, to Ted too. And obviously to the creators too, since that scene with the kids was filmed years before it aired, and we still got that very ending that was planned oh so many years ago.
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So tell us what you think! Did you love the ending, or was it a nice big middle finger to a story you followed for years. By all means, let your own views clash with my own… so that I may proceed to prove you wrong.
But for now, in the case of the ending to How I Met Your Mother… The Defense Rests.
You know… this show did a great job at setting up plot points and then settling them afterwards. Even this, money changed hands when Ted and Traci finally met.
HOWEVER… they didn’t last forever. I wonder if the creators have anything to say about this. Did Lily have to pay Marshall in the end? And give money back to Marshall for getting paid the first time around?
… This is the kind of thinking that kept me out of the good schools as a child.