How I Met Your Mother Episode 8-24 Review (Season Finale) – Facing Facts

Well, we have a face! The face of The Mother! After a long and painful season, it didn’t feel like enough.

I have a lot of feelings about the How I Met Your Mother season finale. If you’ve been following my Funny Friday posts, you probably know that I haven’t loved this season. I’ve had a lot of problems with the show for a few years now. I’ve only stuck around because next season will be the last, and I know a lot of you are in the same boat. And unfortunately, this episode didn’t do much for me.

Because Marshall and Lily were supposed to move to Rome for a year, I wondered if maybe Ted would meet The Mother in the season finale, and then the show would pick up a full year later next season. Lily and Marshall would be back, and Ted would be getting engaged. No. Instead, Marshall takes a job as a judge without telling his wife and, I assume, they won’t move to Italy after all.

Ted planned to sell his beautiful Westchester house and move to Chicago, a storyline twist that was entirely anti-climactic because we know he won’t. His children will be raised in that house. He’ll meet The Mother and stay in New York. And at least for right now, that long-awaited moment is soured by the fact that up until the minute he meets The Mother, he’s still in love with Robin. Ugh.

I’ve had so many problems with the way Barney and Robin have been portrayed as a couple this season, all of which I’ve discussed in previous posts. So I was surprised that their storyline was easily my favorite of the episode. This is the couple that I love to watch. (And a great guest appearance by Casey Wilson of the now-cancelled Happy Endings helped a lot.) It made me wish the pair hadn’t been ruined for me with all the previous crap this show has done.

So that’s how I feel about the season finale. Of course I’ll watch next fall (I assume the season premiere will show us Barney and Robin’s wedding, and the big meeting), but I likely won’t blog about it regularly. I’ll check back in whenever an episode warrants it. What did you guys think of this episode, and the season overall?


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