How I Met Your Mother went out on top. Monday night’s series finale easily led the night, delivering 12.9 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49.
That marks the show’s highest-rated episode of all time, and jumped 51 percent from last week. HIMYM’s one-hour closer easily topped NBC’s usual Monday winner The Voice, which dipped slightly this week to 12.1 million viewers and a 3.4 rating.
|—||Craig Thomas, co-creator of ‘HIMYM' | TV Line|
mosbysyellowumbrella asked: I've got to ask: how did you feel about the finale??
Ok here goes. I’m not as mad as I thought I was going to be. Maybe that’s because I had braced myself for this ending for weeks, and though I tried to deny that they would do it, I knew that it was ultimately a very real possibility.
Am I confused and angry as to why they would spend an entire season focusing on the do or die of a marriage that would eventually fail? Hell yes, I am. Do I feel that so much character growth in Ted and Barney was undone quickly and then restitched together in just this episode? Yup. Do I wish that the stories jammed into this episode had been told over half of this season so we could have gotten some more explanation for these choices? Yes, again. Do I hate the fact that
the Mother Tracy died and Ted got his maybe happy ending with Robin? Not entirely.
There’s already a lot of outcry about the show not ringing true to the title, that the nine year quest to answer the show’s big question was just a long way to get him where we all thought he was going in the first place. I felt the same way immediately after tonight’s episode ended. Why was the show called ‘How I Met Your Mother?’ Did it mean nothing? And I think in the end Bays and Thomas just barely got away with having it both ways.
Ted got his happy ending twice. Just because Tracy died doesn’t mean she never existed. To me, the show presented plenty of evidence of happy times between the two of them. Their relationship was not a fraud or inconsequential, it was real and it happened and gave him believable happiness, but life is not a straight road. Tragedy comes even to those who deserve their happy ending. Tracy learned this way before Ted ever did. Rushing it all at the end makes it seem insensitive and yes, is manipulative, but not any less true to life.
The final scene tried hard for its full circle, and I found the imagery itself stirring. It’s also admirable that Bays and Thomas had this ending in mind for 8 years and that they stuck to it regardless. It leaves some messiness on the table, such as what’s Barney going to think of this and why are these characters doomed to repeat old habits? But maybe if we view everything that happens after Ted says “and that’s how I met your mother,” as the epilogue to the series, it would go down better.
There were several things that could have been done differently tonight to keep everyone happy. But I think this ending is more challenging, true and rightfully tragic than all three couples growing old together and walking into the sunset. Despite all the low points over the years, ‘HIMYM’ built a sitcom that was anything but typical in so many ways. It’s unfortunate that this ending is going taint that in the eyes of a lot of its fans and television history.
|—||Carter Bays, in response to ‘HIMYM’s dead mother theory | TV LIne|
This just got real.
Read the final two pages of ‘Breaking Bad' series finale, 'Felina' | Uproxx
Let this be our pact. And I’ll just have to trust you on this — I don’t have Badger and Skinny Pete pointing lasers at your chests to keep you honest. And the truth is, there’s no way everyone is going to read, let alone agree with this deal.
But I’m going to keep my part. I’m done. I’m out. Just one last thing before I go …
I stand by the Lost finale. It’s the story that we wanted to tell, and we told it. No excuses. No apologies. I look back on it as fondly as I look back on the process of writing the whole show. And while I’ll always care what you think, I can’t be a slave to it anymore. Here’s why:
I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.
|—||Damon Lindelof on how the ‘Breaking Bad’ finale let him say goodbye to ‘Lost’ (Guest Column) | THR|
“Never say never, but… there’s two very clear arcs to get to that end and conclude [the series],” Reilly told reporters when asked about an end date for Gleeat the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “If we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout, who knows. But right now, we’re thinking about two seasons.”
Poster: ‘Breaking Bad' the Final Episodes | TVLine
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