How I Met Your Mother has enjoyed nine successful seasons, and is just days away from airing the series finale. On March 31, we will finally learn all there is to know about the highly anticipated mother, and how exactly she was met. This last season of How I Met Your Mother has given us flash-forward glimpses of the couple as the relationship progresses. It is a classic love story, fulfilling for those hopeless (or hopeful) romantics, everything that the previous years have promised.
The writing style in this final year of How I Met Your Mother varies from the past, in that the wedding of Barney (played by Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) takes up the entire season. This is a controversial topic that some fans love and some hate. I personally find it unique and refreshing. The writing is solid and humorous. We are not left feeling as if this is just one run-on episode. Quite the opposite is true, in fact. Each installment is riddled with hilarious conflict that plays upon the previous episode without dragging out the plot.
The one thing that I find myself fretting over, however, is the rumor that the mother (Cristin Milioti) will be killed off in the finale. Really? The thought that we would wait for nine years to meet someone, only to lose her so swiftly, frankly makes me angry. In the past, I have wondered what sort of insanity grasps writers when faced with final episodes. I have watched beloved shows, that have delivered delightful comedy each and every week, until the very last one. What makes writers think they should end a lighthearted, funny show on a dark and tragic note? Honestly, when this happens I’m left wishing I had never watched the ending at all.
Though I cannot find anything solidly pointing toward a tragic ending for HIMYM, there are hints to make us believe it is a possibility. According to USA Today, How I Met Your Mother co-creator Carter Bays has this to say about the ending: “A very practical decision Craig [Thomas] and I made was to have as much crying in the finale as possible, so that there’s very little acting involved.” That could mean any number of things, of course, and could just be a stunt to create as much anticipation for the How I Met Your Mother finale as possible. For now, I’m choosing to have faith in the writers who have brought us nine years of exceptional episodes.
What are your thoughts on the final scenes of How I Met Your Mother? Will the mother die? Do you think that would be an appropriate ending?
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