OK. Let’s set something straight here. The How I Met Your Mother finale did anger us as much as it did you.
But even through the BS (and we’re not talking about Barney Stinson, though we can kind of see why you’d think that), the show still managed to make us smile.
Yes, having a season dedicated to Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend only to learn they divorced three years later wasn’t the best move.
And, yes, the mother dying – proving everyone’s theory the show tried so hard to debunk – was ridiculous.
But we’re here to give a fair assessment of the series finale, because after all, Ted and the gang brought joy to our hearts and laughter to our lips for nine years – and we owe them that much.
Check out 12 reasons why the CBS sitcom’s end totally rocked — and totally bombed below:
How could anyone watching not love this? Chasing women and sleeping around could only last so long for the womanizer. Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) last one-night stand (as part of his 31-night challenge following his split from Robin) results in a child. Though uninterested at first, he’s changed when he sees her (Ellie) for the first time. He immediately stops treating women as nameless playthings. Dude even scolds two girls for being out late and dressing like, well, girls he would have went after pre-fatherhood.
This Is — Wait for It — Terrible: But Who the Heck is “31”?
They never reveal the name of mother of the child — only that she’s called “31” because she’s Barney’s 31st conquest of the month. We don’t even get a FACE. What’s up with that?!
High Five!: Ted’s Emotional Goodbye — With Infinity High Fives!
When he (Josh Radnor) said goodbye to the gang in the first half of the episode, it was hard to hold back tears. Lily (Alyson Hannigan) can’t even do it, so they do an “ET” farewell. It was both cute and creepy, but appropriate when it comes to their friendship. Not to mention, infinity high fives with Barney! That won us over.
The show kept pressing they were a good match all season long – and we bought it. Right. Then they dedicated the entire last season to their wedding. Cool. But you know what wasn’t cool? Dedicating 24 episodes only to find out Barney and Robin (Colbie Smulders) couldn’t make it three years later. Seriously? We have more faith in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's marriage lasting longer than that. Where’s an intervention when you need one?
They have cute banter about the yellow umbrella – a huge symbol in the series as something that brings them together – on the train station platform at Far Hampton. It’s satisfying to see him finally get to meet her and her name is revealed: Tracy McDonell (Cristin Millotti). They have the same initials, which are imprinted on the umbrella. Love. Love. LOVE.
Notable mention: The last Halloween party on the roof of the building before Lily and Marshall (Jason Segel) move out. Ted wears his old “Hanging Chad” costume, which he wore for several years trying to find the Slutty Pumpkin. Instead of being sad, you see the mother (Tracy) wearing a corresponding costume of an old Florida democrat. Their couple's costume is almost as cute as Lily and Marshall's "White Whale and Ahab" combo!
This Is — Wait for It — Terrible: The Return of the Cockamouse
Yeah. No. That’s all we have to say about that.
High Five!: Ted and Tracy’s Wedding
Not in a castle or a hot air balloon – but on a Thursday afternoon with just the gang, seven years after he and the mother got together.
Seriously? We mean, like, SERIOUSLY?! Turns out Tracy died six years before the story started!
The kids realize it’s all a ploy for Ted to ask out their Aunt Robin, whom he’s loved since, well, forever. Cool move, producers, cool move. NOT.
Need we say more?
We don’t even want to write about this right now because we feel ourselves becoming enraged. That actually happened. After we spent the entire season being told by the show she was a good match for Barney. Totally makes sense. Insert rolling eyes emoticon.
Notable mention: At least we got to see the blue French horn again!
Which leads us to the one thing we hated the most and the one thing we absolutely loved:
The Worst Part About the Finale: The Gang Grows Apart
The scene when Lily is alone in her apartment and Robin points out they aren’t close anymore practically killed a part of our souls. We're not the same after that one.
The Best Part About the Finale: Reminding Us Just How Great This Show Is
During the final sequence, viewers see each of the actors/characters as they were at the start of the series — proving this show, good times and bad, has truly left its mark in TV history.
We’ll miss you, How I Met Your Mother — even if you did manage to make us feel like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in that last 60 minutes.