How I Met Your Mother - Finale - Lost Forever !

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Patient Kids: But dad! It's been nine long years, and all you talk about is your incomplete love story with Aunt Robin! In a series named - How I Met Your Mother!

Ted: Yeah! But...

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas: Oh please! Didn't you notice that in the last scene of the finale, the kids seemed to be of the same age as they look in all the couch shots, which were shot at the beginning of the first season!

Patient Kids, Ted and the Audience: !!!!

I can write a long 5,000 words article on why I think there could have been a better ending to the show - where Ted and the girl, who looked like a baby produced by combining the genes of Lilly and Robin in a test tube, lived happily ever after, Barney and Robin rode into the proverbial sunset, and Marshall becomes the judge of the European Commission and Lily an art connoisseur, somewhere in the busy streets of Paris!

But then, let us take a step back, and think about the reason that we all were glued to this show for nine long years. For me, this show was about imperfections, about life of 5 friends in their twenties, trying to explore their way through the mazes of life. Every episode was about exploring different layers of the personalities of each character! It was the life of five friends, who were managing their careers, love life, goals and most importantly their friendships through thick and thin. They won some of their battles, and lost some, and that my friends, is what life is all about.

There are happy endings, there are sad endings, there are imperfect endings, and then there are endings which happen in real life! More often than not, real life is never 100% tilted on one side. At the end of each era of your life, if you contemplate, there would have been achievements, disappointments, happiness and a craving to have achieved a little more. And that was my feelings about the finale of HIMYM.

As most of the audience of this blog is Indian, it will not be inappropriate to use a hindi movie reference! As soon as I was done with the grand finale of himym, my first thought was - Dude! It was Kuch Kuch Hota hai all over again! The protagonist loses the real love of his life in an attempt to chase the surreal, finds and marries whom he thinks was the perfect life partner. And then the lady dies post they have kid(s), followed by him chasing his first love ... ! Ditto!

I was not very disappointed by the ending, but the pace at which they ended, trying to tie all the lose thread was just bizarre! It required much more than that for a perfect couple, that Barney and Robin were to just separate! And the dying of The Mother!

Ted being Ted, would have definitely passed through each of the five stages described by the K├╝bler-Ross model before even thinking of embarking on the journey of narrating the long winding story to his kids! But then, it was a good angle that they included where Ted and Tracy didn't marry for seven years because - they were busy being happy as the way they were!

Anyhow, all things good, bad, or even Legen - wait for it - dary come to an end! On that note, I will leave you with an image, which will forever remind me and probably you of this show!

Ted Mosby's Yellow Umbrella