If you followed along for all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, chances are you weren't entirely satisfied with the series finale in 2014. While I'm sure plenty of fans still enjoyed its conclusion, others were far from pleased with the ending.
After almost 10 years of watching the trials and tribulations in the love life of Ted Mosby, learning that the woman we waited so long to meet, the woman who was truly perfect for for our protagonist, was destined to die was heartbreaking.
Then for the series to end by dropping the bombshell that Ted would actually go back to Robin, who we had just seen tie down the eternal bachelor Barney, felt kind of like this...
The show was called How I Met Your Mother, not How I Met Your Stepmother Who I Was Really Into The Whole Time But Everyone Thought We Had Both Moved On With Our Lives, am I right?
In an interview with Huffpost Live, Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby), revealed that despite the overwhelming dislike for the finale portrayed by the media, in his experience, the reactions are much more divided.
Having spent some of his post-HIMYM career speaking at colleges, Radnor said his polls show more of a split between audiences.
“A lot of [the reaction] was great. I think the narrative the media got ahold of was that everyone was outraged. I don’t think that was true.”
“Sometimes it’s 50/50. It seems to be about 60/40 — 60 [percent] disappointed, 40 [percent who liked it]. So I think it’s been overstated, people’s disappointment with it.”
In addition to his claims that it wasn't nearly as bad as people thought initially, time will help prove that the showrunners and writers made the right decisions in the end.
“It always upended your expectations, it always made you cry, it always was not what you thought it was. So I think it was in keeping with the DNA for the show. And my suspicion is that it will age pretty well, so let’s talk in 10 years and see what people think.”
Whether or not you were happy with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, I think we should all meet up in a decade for a marathon and reevaluate how we feel. Maybe after all that time we'll finally be able to forgive the show for the heartache it threw at its unsuspecting viewers.
In any case, we can always skip the last season for good measure or just enjoy this far more gratifying alternate ending instead.
(Source: Huffpost Live)