by KEVIN BURKE, Staff Writer–
That’s all I can say after one of my favorite series ends with one of the most surprising twists I’ve ever seen.
Fans of How I Met Your Mother have been speculating for years who the mother is and just exactly, well… how he meets her. The show revolves around the main character Ted Mosby and his four friends in New York City. And for the past nine years, the show has teased clues about the mother.
The mother’s identity was revealed at the very end of the previous season, and the show has spent much of this season leading up to the moment they finally meet at friends Robin and Barney’s wedding.
For the majority of the series finale, the later-life events of the five friends were shown. Such as Robin and Barney’s divorce, Marshall and Lily’s third child, Robin traveling around the world for her job as an anchor for World News, Marshall finally becoming a judge, and the birth of Barney’s eventual daughter.
But all of that seemed secondary to any information about Ted’s life.
We’ve watched him fail in relationships over and over again and this was the moment that was finally going to give the fans what they’ve been waiting for. And it was… kind of.
We saw Ted meet his long-awaited wife at a train station after they went to Barney and Robin’s wedding (he was the best man, she was the bassist in the wedding band). We saw them become infatuated with one another. We saw the years slowly go by as Ted and his future wife (who we find out is named Tracy McConnell) have two kids, spend seven years together before getting married, and live their happy life.
Then in seemingly a split second, things took a dark turn and the focus of the finale completely changed.
We saw the newly introduced wife, Tracy, fall ill. As a scene of Ted reading to Tracy while she was in a hospital bed was shown, it is implied that she eventually dies fairly young.
But everything was still set to end on a happy note. With the second to last scene showing Ted and Tracy’s original moment when they met. Then the final scene is Ted saying the obvious ending line “And that’s how I met your mother” to his two kids.
All ends well. Until…
His kids responded by saying “Dad, that wasn’t the point of the story. That was a story about you and Aunt Robin.”
It is then learned that the whole point of Ted telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, is to ask his kids if it would be ok if he and Robin started dating, since their mother had been dead for almost six years.
Then a montage of Ted and Robin being together as an older couple is shown.
Robin had been lonely traveling ever since her divorce, and throughout the series there have been many notions of Ted and Robin being meant for one another. But as a fan and an avid watcher of the show, I can honestly say that no one, and I mean NO ONE saw something like this coming.
The final two minutes of How I Met Your Mother almost single-handedly make the mother totally and completely irrelevant.
And I for one, while totally baffled, ended the series, completely satisfied.