About a Girl: Breaking Down the Ending of 'How I Met Your Mother'

It’s always been Robin.

“This is a story about how you’re in love with Aunt Robin and thinking about asking her out and wondering if we’re okay with it,” Penny Mosby bluntly stated to her dad Ted in the final moments of How I Met Your Mother.

About 10% of the hour-long episode stuck with season 9’s setting of Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend, with the remaining 90% of the hour giving us a look into the gang’s future. Barney and Robin’s marriage only lasted three years, solidifying my idea that they were never a believable couple. Barney slips back into his old ways and continues sleeping around with women, until he gets a one night stand pregnant. In the irony of all ironies, Barney becomes a doting father to a little baby girl. Marshall eventually is re-invited to become a judge, as he and Lily expand to a family of five. Ted finally meets his future wife and, in a move completely out of character, he waits seven years to wed her. Robin slowly drifts away from the gang, slipping in and out of their lives over the years. But in an obvious reference to the moment he met her, Ted spies Robin across McClaren’s Pub as she surprises him for his wedding day.

From the moment he spotted her across the bar in 2005, Ted’s story has always been about Robin. In the series finale, we learn that Ted tells this story to his kids Penny and Luke to keep the memory of their six years-departed mother alive. Ted’s eldest Penny catches on that her dad’s story has revolved around his love for their Aunt Robin. The show ends with Penny and her brother Luke encouraging their dad to chase Robin, as he delivers a blue French horn to her door one last time. READ MORE


A Wishlist for the End of 'How I Met Your Mother'

How I Met Your Mother doesn’t know to let things go. But that’s what we love most about the show.

The long-running CBS sitcom is quickly approaching its series finale on March 31st. In its victory lap, HIMYM is pulling out every throwback in its nine-year history, with even jokes from the first season being fair game. The show doesn’t do so from a lack of fresh storylines; HIMYM is blatantly reminding us why we fell in love with these five people over the past decade. With each reference used, it's like the writers are gently nudging the viewers in the side, reminding us how much we'll miss them when they're gone. So far, the show has been delivering on creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’s promise to tie together every loose end. Well the show isn’t over yet. Here is what I hope to see in the remainder of this season.

[There are spoilers below, obviously. Don't read if you're not completely caught up with the show.] READ MORE