HIMYM was so pleasantly surprising to me. I see many people were really disappointed, and I am so happy to say I am not. This season had been lacking for me, as there were some good moments, but a lot of eye rolling saccharine episodes too that left me asking what happened to the intelligent, poignant fun-loving moments that I missed from earlier seasons.
I had basically already thrown in the towel with the finale and resigned myself that I was just going to watch it and then be glad it was finally laid to rest. BUT the twists and turns! How unexpected! And it didn't feel cheap at all, it felt right--- way more right than the path they were taking. I do have to say that I am very proud that Ben called it with The Mother many episodes ago, and although he was right, the show didn't focus on that part and didn't make it some long dragged out story. It just mentions it and continues to move on- because as we see, the story isn't really about The Mother after all. Just loved the angle they took, and for me, it ended on a very hopeful note for all romantics out there. You can have more than one great love in your life, and no matter what you go through, you can still come out the other side and still have love to give and receive. I just loved the deception. Those writers must have been rubbing their hands together and snickering at us for years.