Spoilers for the finale following.
5. It Would’ve Worked… Five Years Ago.
Yes, I’ll cheat in this list, but “moments” was catchier than “things.” Sorry. Before establishing the unbelievable chemistry between Barney and Robin and making that storyline so important for Barney’s character growth, sure, Ted and Robin could’ve ended up together. It would’ve been a twist that would have made all Ted and Robin shippers really happy and others would’ve, at least eventually, grown on it. After all that happened, after how insightful and thoughtful the show turned out to become, this ending doesn’t work anymore. Some people loved it. A lot of people are furious and I’ve seen these “I’ll never watch the reviews or buy the DVDs” going around way too much. The ending was planned from the beginning, but as Carter and Bays said, they broke Barney and Robin up because so soon in S5 because they didn’t realise the chemistry. It’s f–king 2014, they could’ve used the power of special effects to create a new ending that doesn’t make so many of us so disappointed.
4. Ted and Barney’s High Five
The episode started off right. It was really, really sad that Ted was going to Chicago, but we knew he… wouldn’t, finally, but at the wedding, the gang didn’t, and that was poignant and hilarious, too.
3. Lily’s Moby Dick Whale Costume
This was one of the best things about the episode. And given it’s HIMYM, the very end of it, that’s just… sad.
2. Lily and Marshall’s Storylines
I’ve seen some people call the Mother-Ted-Robin-Barney thing realistic. NO. NO. “How I Met Your Deceased Mother and Settled for Your Aunt”, that’s pathetic, not realistic. But Lilypad and Marshmallow? Beautiful. From season 1’s finale, their relationship has suffered all kinds of issues, right down to the big fight in season 9. But they love each other, and though Marshall’s life is hell for years as he hates his job, his life with Lily and their children help him endure. And many years after he thought he would, he becomes a judge, and then Fudge Supreme. Their storyline is the only one that didn’t make me cry from anger and the only one that actually fit.
1. Ellie Stinson, I Presume
“You are the love of my life. Everything I have, and everything I am, is yours. Forever.”
As you might’ve gotten from this post, I’m huge on Barney and Robin. The only thing regret? Barney wanted kids. It was obvious. He wanted kids more than Ted did, and there were a million ways his heart broke when he understood that he loved Robin more. In any other circumstance than them splitting up, I would’ve adored to see Barney become a father. Even now, I did, if only for a split second when all there was was Barney, loving someone so, so much. But 31? The split? The context. I’d rather let the Stinson line die. The adopted kids James and Tom had would’ve been enough.
I hate the finale. I’ve never seen Dexter, but if you have, this finale challenges Dexter’s for the worst ever.
Even with trying to see the silver lining, I’d still rather go with Jason Segel’s suggestion that the ending would’ve been I Am Legend style with an apocalyptic wasteland outside the window. And before the finale, I thought that was the worst and most ridiculous ending they could do. Posts on HIMYM following, too, because I have to get it all out before I can start to heal. I think.
Also, I think I need councelling for my emotional attachment issues.
What did you think? Here’s a safe place to rant. Unless you liked the finale. In which case I’ll be incredibly confused.