Finale: How I Met Your Mother (Spoilers)
I watched the last episode tonight before the finale next week – the final double episode of my beloved How I Met Your Mother. 🙁 *tears*
Yes, this post is going to contain spoilers if you haven’t watched Season 9 in time with America and you would probably have to wait a little longer before you get to see the finale (for those who watch it on Channel 7 here in Australia). If you’re a huge fan like me, chances are, you’ve probably done what others have done. If you know what I mean. *wink*
A good chunk of my twenties have been spent watching How I Met Your Mother. I started actually following the series after season 3, when my friends gave me the full season 1, 2 and 3 on DVDs. I literally watched Season 1 in a day. Literally watched Season 2 on the next day. And I think I waited a week or so before I watched the whole Season 3, also in a day. Season 4 was the first season that I followed episode by episode. I remember I used to go over to my friend’s house on Tuesdays just to get myself some episodes or watch the new episode.
Funny thing was, the very first time I was exposed to HIMYM was the episode in Season 3 where Marshall was looking for a job and was getting stressed. I think it was the episode. I can’t remember why Lily was all horny and wanted to cut herself a slice of that Marshmellow, perhaps it had something to do with him going somewhere or being busy. I remember watching thinking – this is just the same ole’ Alyson Hannigan, much like the character she played on American Pie. My friend and her boyfriend (now husband) was telling me to watch it, telling me that is so funny, that it’s addictive. I didn’t feel the same until I sat down – or laid down in bed and started watching it from the Pilot.
My goshh. I was hooked after the pilot. I just kept going on and on. I remembered I could not contain myself when I watched Barney sing on the keyboard for the first time. OMG, so hilarious! I couldn’t stop watching. I remember I started a little after dinner thinking I’d watch a few episodes before I slept and then bang (not bang, bang, a-bangity bang), next thing I knew, it was 4.00AM. I did that for 2 nights straight and you know what, I loved it.
It wasn’t long before I felt very closely to Ted, the antagonist. Back then, I was going through relationship issues that was very much similar to Ted’s. Feeling like you’re in love with someone that doesn’t want to be with you. Like Robin just not wanting to be with Ted but still having those feelings. Robin who wanted to help Ted find someone. All I wanted then was to meet a Ted because, I was Ted. I still remember season one was all about that struggle. Should I, Shouldn’t I. Finally, at the end of season one, Ted and Robin got together. Though, my own love story at that point wasn’t the same. So roll in season 2.
Up until today I still feel like season 1, 2 and 3 were the best seasons. Season 4 was pretty good too because that was when Barney started to build on his feelings for Robin. I have always been a strong advocate for Barney and Robin. Always. Season 5, 6 and 7 started to get depressing. Not that the script writers were bad kind of way or that the show was getting bad – the story line was getting depressing.
I think it started when Ted was left at the alter. That was really heart breaking (even though I didn’t like Stella). Then it was Robin splitting up with that other news anchor that I forgotten his name. Then it was Robin living a crappy life. Marshall’s father dying was really sad too. Another heartbreaking moment. Robin finding out that she was never going to have children and then her split with Kevin. And finally, I think I found this the most hurtful, was when Barney was waiting at the bar for Robin to come back after they had just cheated on Nora and Kevin and Robin had come back with Kevin. That 3 seconds when Robin shook her head at Barney. OMG, my heart broke and I just cried. (Gees.. lots of bad things happening to Robin)
What I love about the show is that it is real. It’s not all “life is perfect and everyone is going to have perfect lives”. There are ups and there are downs. There are happy times and there are bad times. For me, I’ve started watching HIMYM 6 years ago, when I was 23 years old. In these last 6 years, a lot of stuff happened as well. All through those times, when I felt I had no one, when I didn’t want anyone around, I just had HIMYM. I watched it through, pretty much, thick and thin.
When I was really sick and had really bad panic attacks and indigestion, I had HIMYM.
When my grandfather passed away, I had HIMYM.
When I was heartbroken time and time again, I had HIMYM.
When I was stuck on a plane for 17 hours, I had HIMYM.
When I can’t sleep, I had HIMYM.
There was great moments too. My favourite moments or the ones that made me laugh the most were:
- Barney singing the love song to his ex at the cafe,
- Robin Sparkles and Robin Daggers
- When Ted and Robin first got together
- The bit where Barney laughs at Marshall for cutting up his pants
- The duckie tie
- The slap bet (Oh I suddenly remembered, it was DON)
- When Barney proposed to Robin
- When Barney met his father
- When Ted hears his wife sing for the first time
And this year, this season 9 being the last, I am going to miss it. What am I going to watch now? (Lucky, there is still Modern Family, but it’s not the same).
How I Met Your Mother for me was much more than just entertainment. Many episodes conjured thoughts, reflection times, made me think about my own life. I’ve grown up with the characters and experienced some of the things that they have. I really understood the whole Ted, Robin, Victoria, back to Robin thing. Totally. The not knowing what you want or kind of knowing but not respecting what you want because you want to believe that this person in front of you was the perfect person. Robin is nothing like the women Ted describes as his wife.
What really frustrated me and what frustrates others is why from the very first episode we know that Robin is Aunt Robin but throughout 9 seasons, Ted is still always going to be wanting to marry Robin. It took me a while, perhaps not wanting to understand myself, to understand, but I got it eventually. When you respect the person you are and honour what you like, what you want, who you are – you will let go of everything desire you had for something you thought you wanted, to give it up for what you want instead.
The last episode that really made me think was when Ted was talking about his definition of love – Love is something that you can’t let go of, other wise it’s not love, it’s just some thing that you didn’t love enough. I totally resonated with that because that was what I thought love was. I have always though that to say you love someone meant that you had to have them in your life, that you had to give them everything, that you had to always keep them close. I now realise that I didn’t love, I was just afraid to lose. Whether or not being with the person would mean anything, I don’t think so. Just like what Ted felt when Robin said that she wanted to be with him.
But it’s ok, because I am in love with Ted’s wife, who I think is called, Rose. When Rose you ask? For me it was the song, “La Vie En Rose” that made me think, if she loves it some much, is that why she sings it to their kids all the time?
I am absolutely in love with Ted’s wife. She is the perfect match for him! PERFECT! And I love how season 9 tells us a lot more about them in the future. Such a beautiful couple. Love them! Does that not give you a positive message that, stick it out, let go of the past and you shall be led to perfect person for you. What is destined to be yours. To allow for destiny to occur. Your date with destiny won’t come until you let go of what’s holding you back. (Tony Robbins plug just there)
I know Season 9 started off really slow, but I am really appreciative of what the writers did. I think that they did a great job in dedicating season 9 as a thank you and give answers of what happens to everyone in the future. Put it this way, I think the writers did a great job for the entire series. The inside jokes (duckie tie, slap bet), the deep messages and insight, the character development, the fact that the show is How I Met Your Mother yet we all refer to it HIMYM and we know what that is. That’s brilliant. Thank you Craig Thomas and Carter Bay.
So next week is the finale. I saw the little previews of next week and I just felt sad but I know I can always re-watch everything, just like I have for the past few years. Over and over again. Though, like Ted, Barney, Robin, Marshall and Lily, I’ve grown too and my life is changing. I used to watch the episodes on a DVD, then I started to watch them on the computer. When I was in Canada, I resorted to watching it on Citytv.com and on TV when I found out the schedule. Now, I still can watch them on the computer and I can watch them on Netflix too.
This is my fan farewell. My final tribute to a beloved show.
I’m going to miss HIMYM so much.
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