How I Met Your Mother is an American television series about a man telling the story of how he met the mother of his kids with his four close friends in New York city. So basically, a reincarnation of Friends like a lot of sitcoms, but we’re not going to go there. The characters include: Long-time couple Lilly & Marshall, Barney the charming womanizer, Ted the narrator, and Robin the ex. The show is an excellent one and is beloved for a reason, however, the finale we were all waiting for after nine long seasons was just enough to scold the entire series.
I want to start by expressing my disappointment with the casting director for their choice of the mother. Who is she? Where did she even come from? I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t recognize the lady from any other show or anything like that, so what gives? HIMYM came through with numerous celebrity guest stars in each season. Jennifer Lopez, Britany Spears, Stacy Keibler, and even Katy Perry has made an appearance on the show! But they couldn’t do the same for the woman we’ve been waiting to see? Sad. Sure, it isn’t necessary, but I was expecting the big reveal to be an A-list celebrity, and I don’t think I’m wrong for keeping that hope alive.
For the sake of comparison, there are other television shows that followed this recipe and turned out perfect. ICarly revealed Sam’s mom as Jane Lynch, Miley’s mother in Hannah Montana was Brooke Shields…need I say more? Those scenes were iconic just from those scenes alone, and HIMYM just wasn’t up to par. For a show that is literally based on the mother, her debut was very anticlimactic to say the least. If it were up to me, I would have casted Blake Lively, Julia Louise-Dreyfus or hell, give Brooke Shields another go, why not?
The ending –
The choice for the mother was terrible enough, but they didn’t want to stop there, because the real kicker is what happened at the very end. For those who haven’t seen the show, Ted’s on-and-off girlfriend Robin takes the cake yet again. After seasons of rejecting Ted’s desperate gestures to win her heart again, and after the mother’s death, she is the one Ted runs back to once again, then the end credits slide by. Yes, the writers decided to kill off the mother after basically 5 seconds of showing her to the world, just so Ted can go back to someone we finally thought he got over. There was no good reason to kill her off with a “sickness” that was not explained, and there is no good reason to go crawling back to Robin at all.
I have to add, she was not that much of a looker anyway, and neither was the mom, but that’s beside the point. In conclusion, I am not the only fan who is angered by the finale and their choice to kill off the main character, and I’m pretty sure these are the reasons why. If they just kept the mother alive, it would’ve ended just fine and the reviews wouldn’t be as bad.