In speaking with TVLine about the series finale of How I Met Your Mother finale last Friday, Alyson Hannigan not only sympathized with some of the audience disappointment, but seemed to agree on one of the crucial issues viewers had: The abruptness between the Mother’s death and Ted’s decision to move on to Robin. Hannigan noted that there was actually 18 more minutes of script in the table read — which she said was “perfect” — but that, among the cuts, was a “one-second” montage of Ted at Tracey’s funeral.
“Honestly, if you saw [that] cut, it would be even more heart-wrenching than what the finale was,” Hannigan noted. “They were like, ‘No. It’s just too gut-wrenching.’ And I was like, ‘That’s what I want. I want my heart ripped out and slammed on the floor and, like, stomped on!’”
Hannigan also believes that missing moment “would have been better for the audience, so that then they can process, ‘Oh, [Ted] mourned. He got closure’ — and then they’d be happy that [he and Robin] got together. Rather than be like, ‘Oh, wait. She died? What? They’re together, huh?’ And credits. That’s what I think was too fast.”
I honestly don’t think that a “one-second” shot of a funeral scene would’ve made that much difference, but it couldn’t have hurt. The scene — along with the “perfect” table read — may end up on the DVD, however, and while it won’t officially “count,” maybe it will give us something else with which to criticize Bays and Thomas for cutting.
Hannigan is not the only cast member to express reservations about the ending. Josh Radnor also offered up a half-hearted apology, and of course, Jason Segel pitched the perfect ending to the series two years ago. Bays and Thomas are probably regretting overlooking that suggestion now.