'How I Met Your Mother' Finale Images Hint at Ending Even Worse than the Mother's Death
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'How I Met Your Mother' Finale Images Hint at Ending Even Worse than the Mother's Death

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 15, 2014 | Comments ()

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When I was putting together a few alternate theories on the fate of The Mother in How I Met Your Mother, the last one I pieced together had an uncomfortable possibility. What’s the only possibility worse than The Mother dying? The Mother dying and Barney and Robin getting a divorce AND Robin and Ted ultimately ending up together.

Maybe it’s just because I had that narrative in my mind, but when I saw the below images from the How I Met Your Mother finale, which takes place after Barney and Robin’s wedding, the images — at least in my brain — aligned with that terrible, awful theory.

It would, unfortunately, explain why the show couldn’t let the Ted and Robin thing go, all the way up until the end. And it might have sounded better four seasons ago, but now? I really hope I’m wrong.

But let’s look at these finale images. What do you think?

Here’s the flash forward that begins the episode, which sees Ted and the Mother living happily together, married, although The Mother has had to confront her passing.

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Now, back in the present day, here’s the aftermath of Barney and Robin’s wedding. Lily and Marshall are about to leave to Italy, and Ted is saying goodbye to everyone before he leaves for Chicago (presumably, he meets The Mother at the train station on his way out).





Here’s Barney and Robin’s wedding night.


But, damn. It didn’t work out in the future. Barney and Robin divorce. Barney is back out on the market with The Playbook II, scouting out women.


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Soon thereafter, the Mother passes away.


Ted and Robin are without partners again. It’s 2030. Ted runs into Robin eating alone. The magic returns. Ted presents the locket. They get married, and Ted is telling the story of The Mother to his children on the eve of his second marriage.


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  • AB

    I have been reading forums and no one has talked about that last picture. Is it a red herring? I'm referring to the one where Robin is sitting at a table and Ted is standing and it looks like she is eating with someone else. When did this happen in the finale? I don't think it did. Anyone have any thoughts?

  • Paul A.

    Looks like a scene that was cut from the episode, as mentioned by Radnor in an interview with Vulture. See http://www.pajiba.com/trade_ne...

  • danitro

    I'm so sad that you were right :(

  • Buellie413


  • zorlan

    Bravo Dustin!!

  • god

    You. You are responsible for that travesty. You possess a brain which can predict the horrifying, bloated, cancerous mass of that finales atrocity, and therefore you must be locked in solitary confinement, you pervert.

  • BooRadley

    Did you write the episode? Did somebody leak the ending?

  • Guest

    We saw the mother with the kids? It's not How I Met Your Step-Mother.

  • noone

    I think barney saw someone's playbook in the bar.. maybe the two guys he met when he was drunk made it..because he looked surprised from the photo.

    (last photo) Ted is wearing a wedding ring also robin is eating with someone look at the table

    For me the creators did this leak so fans of the show will expect that this will happen and so that we will be surprised in the end. maybe they selected some photos that will look like robin and barney got divorced and ted and robin will be back. because why will they leak photos like this many?

  • AB

    Are we sure the picture of Robin and Barney drinking from a bottle of wine is from their wedding night? If you re-watch the "Rally" episode, Robin and Barney appear to be wearing the exact same clothes from when they were in Buenos Aires in 2016.

  • noone

    actually you're right! he's also wrong about the locket since Barney already gave robin the locket. what bothers me is he still doesn't call Robin, Aunt robin in front of his kids...

  • AB

    I know Future Ted has referred to her as "Aunt Robin" in a few episodes. I can only think of one off the top of my head. Its the episode entitled "Symphony of Illumination" where toward the end of the episode he says something like "Kids, your Aunt Robin was never alone".

  • mairimba

    Maybe The Playbook II is about marriage? And Robin is clearly eating with someone else there.

  • treetop

    Barney is not wearing a wedding band. And it's never been aunt Robin and uncle Barney.

  • noone

    But Ted is wearing a wedding ring (last photo)

  • Kid

    What if Ted is in a coma and his brain is just playing out what he would have told his kids if he still had time and then in the last episode he dies.

  • narfna

    If this happens, I WILL RIOT.

  • Classic

    If that happens I hope the roasting that the creators, writers, and actors get on the internet will live on in infamy. Screw you guys Robin and Ted never made sense together!

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Barney is dead too, from a long incubating STD. The Playbbok II is his bequeathment to Ted's son who is actually Barney's son because he also slept with the Mother, and she also died from the STD Barney gave her. Robin, being Canadian, is fortunately immune, and now she is contemplating sleeping with Ted one last time to put him out of our collective misery.

  • Eugene Teasley

    Makes sense, the kids called her Aunt Robin because of the time they spent together when they were younger. The Ted-Robin story line has been persistent throughout the show and much more so than the Barney-Robin story line. Introducing the notion that Robin is essentially marrying a version of her dad has to do with this. Also, all of the women in Ted's life have seen how strong Robin is in Ted's life. We haven't seen the mother's view of Robin but I'm willing to be she sees it to but is less threatened about it because Robin and Barney are married.

  • Cree83

    I've sort of been expecting this, as it seems to be the logical ending that the Mother's death would be paving the way for, but on the other hand, they've had Robin be so adamantly NOT in love with Ted. I'm just not sure how they'd pull this off without it seeming like Robin was settling. But if they did somehow succeed in this, I guess I'm in the minority that I don't think it'd be the worst ending in the world. I like Barney/Robin if Barney makes Robin happy, but I'm not the biggest Barney fan. I haven't seen enough evidence to show that he's grown up enough to be in an adult relationship. And I still don't see why Robin even accepted his proposal, after it involved him lying and jerking her around for months. Ted, for all his annoying qualities, would be a much better partner than Barney could ever be.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I've been thinking about this and, if anything, it comforts me. My theory is that they're fucking with us. They've had wayyyy too much riding on this ending to give it away in some random stills.

  • Mrs. Julien

    ^^this^^ times infinity +1.

  • Kristy Patullo

    But he's her lobster. Wait, wrong show. But the sentiment is still the same.

  • abell

    So, I've never been a part of a riot. How would I go about organizing one?

  • CrosslyStitched

    She's not eating alone. There is a second plate, beer and napkin.

  • Salieri2

    Not probative. As we know, when Robin's stressed, she commits food rampages. Wine under the desk. Entire wedding cakes. Hair Cheetos.

  • I will burn this place to the fucking ground.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You have three small children, run a world class website, write for others and yet you have the time...

  • Tim

    Look at the stuff on the table in the last picture, Ted is either finding Robin on a date with someone else or he is getting up angrily to leave

  • alacrify

    Or he's getting ready to propose...

  • competitivenonfiction

    No, Ted and Robin clearly know one another over the years because the kids draw pictures of Robin.

    I wouldn't be totally surprised if Robin and Barney did not make it (because, they're Barney and Robin) but this feels a little bit too something for me. I'm not sure that the showrunners aren't just fucking with us a little bit.

    Though does that book say the Playbook II? Ugh.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Maybe Barney comes out, and Playbook II is about picking up guys.
    Rather than a painful divorce, he and Robin part amicably.

  • KC

    GOD NO!!! SAY IT ISN'T SO!!!

  • vic

    Ugh, if that's the way it happens, what a way to undermine the show's title. "That's how I met your mom, kids. But that's not important anymore. I don't even remember her damn name. No, it was always your Aunt Robin." What goddamn BS. It's probably be this way, too. Robin had that stupid moment where it looked like she was realizing Ted's "always been there." Sigh. Screw you, Thomas and Bays.

  • goddammitmrnoodle

    No, no, no, just no, please. Even though I still think Barney dies.

    But, to back up your theory, there is an awful lot of blue in that last picture and Thomas and Bays love them so color symbolism so I wouldn't be surprised if all of that blue is to hearken back to the blue french horn.

    Ted and Robin? Pfffffffffffftttttttt.

  • APOCooter

    I will punch a baby in the neck if this happens.

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  • stella

    I dont even watch this show and I think this a terrible idea.

  • Yocean

    Or you know, maybe Ted helps Robin and Barney get back to tether and Barney finds some miracle cure for The Mother.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Maybe he tricks some girl into giving her a kidney?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Do you mean Lorenzo Von Matterhorn finds a miracle cure?

  • jthomas666

    Only if the finale ends with Robin floating back down from the clouds and into Ted's arms.

    If you're gonna do something stupid, might as well go all out.

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  • Al Borland's Beard

    So, he ended up popping that balloon? And that, kids, is the story of how I met your mother and then hooked up with your aunt after her death.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Yes! Please, let this be true! I want the huge facebook and internet blogger outrage this would cause!

    Also, I really don't mind this ending, Ted's story has been much more about Robin than about the Mother, it isn't that surprising that Ted would end up with Robin for some reason (though her divorcing Barney is a really depressing way to clear the way for Ted)

  • ZombieNurse

    NO! Go to your room and think about what you just said.

  • Sarah Weissman

    But then wouldn't that kill the "Aunt Robin" thing? Do people call their stepmoms "Aunt"? Also NO. Ted and Robin were never meant to be.

    *edit: People apparently DO call their stepmoms "Aunt" so sorry if I made anyone uncomfortable!

  • mustafa71099

    I call my step mom aunt honestly. Cuz she is an aunt to me

  • Sarah Weissman

    Sorry if I made you uncomfortable! It makes sense now that I think about it.

  • Javier

    I know some that do. My boss' step son calls her aunt.

    In that respect, NO. Don't do this HIMYM

  • Sarah Weissman

    Good to know. But isn't the whole point that he GOT OVER Robin to FALL For the Mother? AHHHH

  • Louis FromBarcelona

    please no

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