August 18, 2014
Browse or download the PDF of our latest issue.

Get weekly news in your inbox!

Flop Culture: How I Met Your Mother Series Finale

Jennifer Robinson
Gateway Staff
Apr 09, 2014

Flop Culture: How I Met Your Mother Series Finale

For those who haven’t watched the monstrosity yet, beware: this includes some spoilers. With the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, the creators concluded nine seasons of laughter and tears — and that was basically my reaction to the finale: angry tears and a lot of “I-can’t-believe-they-did-this” laughter. As many of you know, after finally revealing who the mother is this season, they announce in the finale that she’s been dead all along. To make matter worse, after finishing telling his kids the story, Ted leaves to win back his once-love, Robin.

I couldn’t believe they threw away nine years of growth and character development to literally recreate the scene from the pilot where Ted stands outside Robin’s window desperately clutching the blue French horn, begging her to love him.

Fans waited nine seasons to meet the iconic, unknown mother (Cristin Milioti), and in one episode, the show threw away everything they had spent those seasons building up to. Milioti was the perfect actress to take on the role, and that’s part of why the ending hurt so much — she deserved better than to be used as another hurdle Ted had to get over to finally be with Robin.

The moment the finale ended, the internet erupted with venomous posts from angry fans, many following the common theme of cleverly rewriting the show’s title to reflect the ending. A few of my personal favourites were, How I Met My Consolation Prize, How I Met Your Mother But Then She Died and I Banged Aunt Robin and of course How I Wore Down the Woman I Was Obsessed With Until She Pity-Married Me. They honestly should have just called it How I Met Your Stepmom, because it’s clear now that the show was really all about how Ted finally managed to win over Robin.

I don’t think I’ll ever be okay with the way the writers ended the show. They turned a story that millions of people loved and related to into a pointless tale of how no one evolved at all. Everything characters — and fans — went through was essentially for nothing.

Flop Culture is a semi-regular feature in which Gateway pop culture pundits shake their literary fists at ridiculous events or celebrities deserving of an inky bitch-slap.


I really, really couldn’t agree with you more. I was so bummed by the finale.

I think I could have handled The Mother’s death if it wasn’t so cheapened by the “OMG dad, ur totes inluv with Aunt Robin! Go get’er!” foil. I feel like I’ve invested 9 years of viewership (most of it on an actual TV, with hours of commercials! That’s dedication!) and am disappointed by the return. I understand that they shot the scene with the kids during season one or two, but I doubt the writers expected the show to last NINE SEASONS. The characters adapted and grew in that time: the ending should have adapted as well.

(I’ve clearly been looking for somewhere to rant about this. Thanks for sharing your opinion and giving me the platform!)

Posted by Angela on Apr 10, 2014

Submit a comment

By submitting your comment here, you acknowledge that The Gateway reserves the right to publish your comment both online and in print. The Gateway also reserves the right to edit comments for length and clarity when reprinted in the print edition, and to refuse publication (both online and in print) of any comment it deems racist, sexist, libellous or otherwise hateful in nature.

All comments must be approved by a moderator before they will be visible, and may take up to 48 hours to appear. Comments may be no longer than 5000 characters.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
daily dose

Liquid Energy: Rockstar Review


Faculty of Law proposes tuition increase

latest video

Doin’ You: Quick and easy tie dye

The Gateway shows you how to stylishly channel your summer festival attendance into psychedelic print.

latest podcast

Gateway Presents: Moving On

latest blog post

Liquid Energy: Rockstar Review


After many years of standing near the top of the market, Rockstar has developed various flavours to complement its original energy drink. In spite of these, it’s time to revisit the classic to determine whether it still stands up against its more eclectic brethren.

most popular