I’m hastily writing this at 2am after having just watched the How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale. I wrote about HIMYM not too long ago, so I wasn’t really planning on writing a postseason wrap up of it. But some interesting things happened tonight, both on and off the screen, and I feel like commenting on it. (SPOILERS AHEAD)…
I’ll talk briefly about the finale itself. Overall, I was disappointed. I mentioned in my HIMYM post in March that Ted was meeting the mother in this season’s finale. They were building toward it with every 2013 episode that aired. I wasn’t sure how they were going to do it and still have one season left, but I was intrigued.
But Ted didn’t meet her this season. And Barney and Robin’s wedding hasn’t happened yet, either. It seems like this finale was supposed to be setting up the final season of the show but it really felt like setup for a season finale that would air next week. Actually, it felt like setup for a series finale. With an entire season coming out way in the fall, that thought worries me.
In my HIMYM post I mentioned my annoyance with the constant fan outcry over Ted “not meeting the mother” yet. This is the first time in the history of the series that I’ve felt annoyed that Ted hasn’t met her yet. I was really hoping for the epic meeting to take place at the end of the finale, leaving us wondering what could possibly be next. Instead, we have more of Ted pining after Robin.
I’m excited to see how this locket gift thing will turn out. Really, I am. But I’ve bemoaned this Ted/Robin thing for a few seasons now. Ted and Robin were done in season 2. We knew Robin wasn’t the mother in the first episode. What’s the point in dragging out Ted’s adoration for Robin? Ted doesn’t know she’s not the one, sure. But he’s had ample faux-closure to get over her. Six years have passed since “Something Blue” aired. Pushing Ted and Robin onto us is getting really tired.
As for the big reveal at the end of the finale, I get the feeling that we’re going to be treated to an “How I Met Your Father” style final season. I’m okay with that, actually. It will give the writers new characters to work with and develop. It will give them an excuse to push the meeting to the series finale (like I’ve always wanted) while actually developing the mother.
I did feel a little cheated by the finale. As a standalone episode I thought it was just okay. Having said that, I do think it’s nice to have a face to go with the yellow umbrella. Which brings me to what happened off the screen last night…
Well, it was still on a screen.
Facebook exploded last night. The social media person in charge of the HIMYM Facebook page posted the above image to Facebook just before midnight EST.
I’ve been checking the comments on the page periodically while I write this and wow. People are pissed. I’m sitting back and watching it unfold since I was fortunate enough to avoid social media until I watched it. Here are some of the comments I’ve seen…
I’m not quite sure where I stand on this, though. The admins of the page should have known better. This is 2013. Network television can fight it all they want but watching a show as it airs isn’t something the majority of viewers do. Technology has freed us of scheduled programming. To presume that the majority of fans (the ones using social media, no less) have watched the finale by midnight of the night it airs is a gross error on their part.
Then again, is it really that big of a spoiler? Had I loaded Facebook before I watched the episode, I would have seen it. Would I have been upset? Maybe. Really, though, I’m not sure. I was working under the assumption that Ted was meeting the mother. Seeing the face of the mother wasn’t going to affect me that much. If anything, it would have prepared me for a meeting-less episode.
Some of the people who are pissed off seem to be annoyed that the mother is someone we haven’t met before. One girl wanted it to be Robin. Another commenter wanted it to be “coat check girl.” I’ve never understood the fans who guessed who the mother would be. It’s been continuously reasserted that the Ted hasn’t met the mother yet. Why would the mother be a character Ted dated for a year (and why the hell would the mother be the kids’ AUNT Robin)? And where’s the magic in the mother being a girl he flirted with 7 years ago? She was always a new face.
I don’t normally browse fan comments on the shows I like and this is all exactly why. I’m glad that the mother is cast, though. It will help tone down the aggravating fan meltdowns I sometimes come across. Then again, maybe it won’t…
Really Rhihin? I’ll take that bet.
I’ll leave you with Charlotte and Sarah’s comments. They made the best points out of the comments I saw.
What did you think of the season finale? What direction do you want the show’s final season to take? And where do you stand on the great Facebook fiasco that happened last night? Leave a comment and don’t forget to follow the blog on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer and like the blog on Facebook.
UPDATE – 4/4/2014
Listen to my friends and I breakdown the How I Met Your Mother series finale. Click the image below.