'How I Met Your Mother' Series Finale: Ted Meets Tracy, But Ending Sparks Outrage
SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Well, kids... he finally met their mother. But it wasn't happily ever after, and nobody is happy about that.
After nine seasons, 208 episodes, eight slaps, dozens of plays, and hundreds of high-fives (including one infinity five), "How I Met Your Mother" concluded its run with the ending many fans had already guessed — with Ted getting back together with Robin.
In the emotional, time-jumping series finale, viewers finally saw Ted meet the Mother, Tracy McConnell. They had two children, got married, and shared a beautiful life filled with love... for a little while.
As many fans theorized, the Mother did die young, leaving a middle-aged Ted to go back to Robin once again. He had the blue French horn, which called back to the show's pilot episode.
That ending — which was no surprise, considering fans and TV critics had been discussing that theory for some time — immediately sparked a firestorm of outrage, anger, and disappointment on Twitter:
That was one of the worst series finales I have ever seen. #HIMYM— Kenny Lane (@TheKennyLane) April 1, 2014
Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by THE LAST EPISODE OF HIMYM— Annelise Dahl (@annelisedahl) April 1, 2014
More like 'How I Settled for Your Mother After I Accidentally Knocked Her Up After Robin Turned Me Down. Repeatedly.' Amirite??? #HIMYM— Mary (@thatmarygirl) April 1, 2014
There aren't enough swear words in all the languages in all the world to express the frustration and utter despair I feel right now. #HIMYM— Kevin McFarland (@km_mcfarland) April 1, 2014
The finale started with a flashback to 2005, when Robin became part of the gang. Lily joked that neither Ted nor Barney was allowed to hook up with her, unless he married her.
Flash-forward to Barney and Robin's wedding, where they're dancing. Barney tries to be a wingman for Ted with the pretty bass player (the Mother), but a weary Ted says he has to catch a train. The gang goes outside to say their emotional goodbyes, with Ted and Barney exchanging one last infinity high-five to last a lifetime.
Ted waits on the train platform in the pouring rain, and spies the Mother standing under her yellow umbrella. A kind old lady next to him urges him to talk to her, but he hesitates. He's leaving for Chicago the next day!
But Ted doesn't leave the next day for Chicago. In fact, Lily and Marshall find him at MacLaren's just 24 hours later. He calls the Mother to arrange their first date (which we've seen).
Flash-forward to 2015: Ted is planning an epic, romantic wedding at a 17th century castle, but the Mother comes in to call it off. But not because she doesn't want to marry Ted — because she's pregnant!
A year later, the gang is gathered at Ted's house. Marshall and Lily are back from Rome, and Marshall's super unhappy with a corporate law job. Robin and Barney insist everything is "great," but soon enough, a flashback to Argentina shows that they were arguing heavily about her work travel. And in fact, they got divorced without telling anyone! Robin insists that nothing has to change, and Lily makes them all promise to be together for the "big moments."