In season 1, Ted joked with his kids that a stripper named Tracy was their mom.
I have learned that the controversial sequence was not the only conclusion the HIMYM writers considered. I hear creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas also contemplated an alternate ending, which will be included in HIMYM‘s upcoming DVD set. I hear the alternate ending does not involve additional footage but rather a different editing of the episode. HIMYM producers and studio 20th Century Fox TV would not comment on any specifics of the alternate closing, but a source described it as a “happy ending.”
The final development of Ted’s character was learning to not be the man who lived in his stories: The story of how he met Tracey finally ended, and the rest of his life began.
Hulk loves HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and he defends the final episode against a sea of outrage.
HULK GETS IT.
HOW COULD THEY CUT THIS?!??! How could they justify that?!
Damn you, show.
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.
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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.
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Fort Atlantic - “Let Your Heart Hold Fast”
From last night’s ‘HIMYM.’ Talk about a perfect song choice. Hot damn.
Maybe the best ‘HIMYM’ song choice ever?