How I Met Your Mother: Ted Lets Go, and the Most Interesting Tidbits from the Creators' Reddit AMA (Jennifer Love Hewitt as Robin? Gross)
First and foremost, this will be happening every Tuesday after a new episode until the finale. I don’t care if the show has been on and off the rails for the past few years. I don’t care about Zoe and her dumb hats. This show has been an important part of the last nine years, of my last nine years, and I’m giving it the goodbye it deserves. So get your snarky complaints and “How I Met Your Mother? More like How Are You Still Watching This?”es out of the way now. Sniffle. Because I’m going to miss this show. I’m going to miss my TV friends when they’re gone.
Last night, we finally got what we’ve been so desperately needing for a long time: Ted finally let Robin go. I know people probably found it terribly cheesy, but I loved it.
This was a hard goodbye for Ted, leaving behind Robin as an option. And it has been insufferable that he hasn’t been able to so far. But, we can take comfort in the knowledge that his love for Robin wasn’t as real as he thought, that, as strong as it was, it really was, as he pledged to Jeannette, “disposable.” We’ve all known a Ted. Hell, some of us have been that Robin. And the Teds might love the Robins, but mostly they love the idea of this relationship that only isn’t happening because they didn’t get the girl, not understanding that if they ever got her, it wouldn’t (and didn’t) work out anyway. As annoying as it’s been at times, it is actually one of the realest, truest things the show has given us. That said, we were ready to let it go.
Besides, think about how much worse it would have all been if Robin hadn’t been played by the flawless and sublime Cobie Smulders, but by nether-jewel enthusiast Jennifer Love Hewitt.
That was one of the things we learned in the Reddit AMA of Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, that serial engagement ring purchaser Sparkles McSnatchenstein was originally slated to play Robin Scherbatsky. Gah-ross. How different things could have been. No Canada. No falling asleep while eating ribs. NO ROBIN SPARKLES. The mere thought is too tragic to consider.
Here are the choicest quotes from the AMA:
“Lots of shows and movies have influenced us. The one that comes to mind first and foremost is that “The Robin” is almost certainly an unconscious romantic comedy rewrite of (BREAKING BAD SPOILER) the Lily of the Valley moment from Breaking Bad. I don’t know if it was conscious on our parts, but the idea of seeing someone so awesomely stick the landing on a long con like that was too good not to rip off for our own purposes.”
“I know Ted bounces back and forth between being grounded and ungrounded. It’s always been how we do our show — we go high and low, tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight, et cetera. For better or for worse, that’s how we do it. But I will say this: Josh Radnor, starting with tonight’s episode, is TREMENDOUS in the final episodes of this series. There’s still two left to shoot, but in this last stretch there’s some stuff that he plays so gutwrenchingly beautifully… I’m in awe of him as an actor!”
I must comment on this, because Ted gets so much flack. Everyone hates him. And that really is a testament to Radnor’s performance. The character is hugely grating at times, and he plays it so well. He gives Ted heart where another lesser actor might make him basically a murder-stalkerface.
“Yes, we always knew what the last episode would be. We always hoped it would take a while to get there, but it was always there as a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency kind of thing. The joy in knowing this would be our final season has been the chance to arrange the telling of the story so that it leads gracefully into that final hour, setting everything up for the grand finale.”
“The initial plan was to never meet her, or only meet her in one scene. Which looking back on it was probably a really bad idea. It’s been a huge relief seeing how good Cristin is in this role.”
We all thought that is how things would end, and I’m glad we’ve gone this way. If for no other reason than the amazing 200th episode we got last week. I fell in love with that character, and I think we needed to in order to fully grasp the importance of this story, of this whole series arc.
“If the show had ended in season 1, it would have been Victoria.”
I mean, I’m glad it went the way it did and all, but it would have been nice for Victoria, the No. 1 on Ted’s list of exes, to be more than a plot device (though she was serviced well last night).
“We like the laugh track. I don’t know how else to say it. It feels right. I get a little tired of the dusty old equation that single cam = daring and original and multicam = lazy and uninspired. I find that facile. I look at the White Stripes as an inspiration. Yes, they played old songs… but they found exciting new ways to play them. On our best days that’s what we’ve tried to be.”
“We got a call a few weeks after the writers strike ended saying that Britney Spears wanted to be on our show. And she specifically wanted to be in the episode “Ten Sessions,” which sent a chill down our spines, because that’s the one where we meet Stella. I immediately imagined Britney playing Stella and had a minor panic attack, because it’s such a big role and needed an proven, experienced actress like Sarah Chalke. But to her credit, Britney liked the character of Abby, and wanted to play that part. So we said sure! And by golly she put our show on the map. It can’t be overstated. Britney Spears rescued us from ever being on the bubble again. Thanks Britney!”
“You might find out what happened with the pineapple eventually. We had always said we’d never reveal it, but now I’d say it’s fifty fifty. It’s always been an appealing idea to us artistically to leave it as the one mystery that never gets solved. But on the other hand, we do have an explanation for it that we like so it may make its way into these last few episodes.”
I think we’re better not knowing. Sorry, Mosby Boys.
“(On the mother is dead theory): We like all theories. It’s really cool knowing people are invested enough to have theories about the show. Obviously we’re not going to comment on it, but we very much appreciate and are grateful for the fact that our show is meriting so much discussion.”
I can’t emphasize this enough: I NEED HER TO BE NOT DEAD. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT HOW NOT DEAD SHE ENDS UP BEING. My eyes need it, my heart needs it. I won’t handle it well, tear-wise. It will feel like a cheat. DON’T DO IT, GUYS. We all need to pray about this.