The Ending of How I Met Your Mother: 10 Years Later

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Summary

TLDRThe video script is a retrospective analysis of the popular TV show 'How I Met Your Mother,' focusing on the controversial series finale that aired a decade ago. The creator discusses the show's journey from its inception to its conclusion, highlighting the cultural impact and the narrative missteps that led to widespread disappointment among fans. The script also delves into the alternate ending provided on the DVD release, which is now favored by many fans, and ponders the creative decisions that turned a beloved sitcom into a cautionary tale of a finale gone wrong.

Takeaways

  • πŸ“Ί The show 'How I Met Your Mother' ended a decade ago, still maintaining its relevance and cultural impact.
  • πŸŽ‰ Initially a hit with its unique storytelling and relatable characters, the show's finale became notorious for its controversial ending.
  • πŸš€ The series used a non-linear timeline, creating tension and humor through time jumps, which was a significant part of its artistic identity.
  • 🌟 'How I Met Your Mother' was seen as a successor to 'Friends', filling the void left by its end and becoming a pop culture phenomenon.
  • πŸ’” The finale's backlash was due to its unexpected twist, which felt out of place and betrayed the audience's investment in the characters' development.
  • 🎭 The character arcs of Ted, Robin, and Barney were significantly impacted by the finale, with some feeling that their growth and story progression was undermined.
  • πŸ€” The creators' decision to stick to the original ending despite the season's narrative direction led to a finale that left viewers feeling unsatisfied.
  • 🎬 An alternate ending was released on DVD, which was more literal and focused on Ted meeting Tracy, the mother, and is considered superior by fans.
  • πŸ“Œ The finale's reception was so negative that it remains one of the most criticized TV finales of all time.
  • πŸ”„ Despite the controversy, the show's legacy continues with fans still engaging in discussions about its characters and storylines a decade after its conclusion.

Q & A

  • How long has it been since the end of 'How I Met Your Mother'?

    -It has been a decade since the end of 'How I Met Your Mother'.

  • What was the general consensus around the series finale of 'How I Met Your Mother'?

    -The series finale of 'How I Met Your Mother' was widely criticized and is often mentioned in lists of the worst series finales of all time.

  • How did the show 'How I Met Your Mother' use time jumps in its storytelling?

    -The show used time jumps as a significant part of its artistic identity, often jumping back and forth in different points in time to build tension, twists, and comedic timing.

  • What was the main criticism of the final season of 'How I Met Your Mother'?

    -The final season was criticized for stretching out over a single weekend, feeling disconnected from the previous seasons, and ultimately leading to a disappointing conclusion.

  • What was the significance of the name 'Tracy' revealed in the first season of 'How I Met Your Mother'?

    -The name 'Tracy' was revealed as the mother's name in the first season, serving as a major clue to her identity that was largely overlooked by the audience.

  • How did the creators of 'How I Met Your Mother' handle the reveal of the mother's identity?

    -The creators initially planned to introduce the mother with a famous actress as a surprise, but ultimately revealed her as Tracy McConnell, played by relatively unknown actress Cristin Milioti.

  • What was the audience's reaction to the series finale of 'How I Met Your Mother'?

    -The audience's reaction was overwhelmingly negative, with many feeling betrayed and disappointed by the conclusion of the series.

  • What was the alternate ending included in the DVD release of the final season of 'How I Met Your Mother'?

    -The alternate ending re-edited the original finale to remove any mention of the mother's death and Ted ending up with Robin, instead focusing on Ted's journey to meet Tracy and ending right after their first meeting.

  • Why did the creators of 'How I Met Your Mother' decide to include an alternate ending?

    -The creators included an alternate ending due to the massive backlash against the original finale, as a way to provide fans with a different, more satisfying conclusion.

  • What is the general opinion on the alternate ending of 'How I Met Your Mother'?

    -The alternate ending is largely considered superior by fans and is preferred over the original canon ending.

Outlines

00:00

πŸŽ‰ Reflecting on 'How I Met Your Mother' - A Decade Later

The paragraph discusses the author's revisit to the popular TV show 'How I Met Your Mother' a decade after its conclusion. It highlights the show's cultural impact, the controversy surrounding its finale, and the author's personal connection to the series. The author, a teenage fan of the show, explores the lasting online presence of the show and the collective decision to avoid discussing its ending. The paragraph also introduces a sponsored content about a photography class on Skillshare, a platform for learning various skills.

05:03

πŸ“Ί The Story and Legacy of 'How I Met Your Mother'

This paragraph delves into the storyline of 'How I Met Your Mother', focusing on the main characters and the unique narrative structure that involves time jumps. It discusses the show's exploration of adult life, relationships, and the relatable human experiences of the characters. The paragraph also touches on the cultural phenomenon of the show, its comparison to 'Friends', and the fan theories surrounding the identity of the mother. The author shares their perspective on the final season and the anticipation leading up to the series finale.

10:05

πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ The Mystery and Revelation of the Mother's Identity

The paragraph focuses on the central mystery of 'How I Met Your Mother' - the identity of the mother. It details the various fan theories and speculations that arose over the years, including the potential involvement of high-profile actresses. The author reveals that the true identity of the mother, Tracy McConnell, was subtly hinted at in an early episode, which most viewers missed. The paragraph also discusses the reveal of the mother's name and the subsequent disappointment when the character was eventually introduced.

15:07

πŸ’” The Controversial Series Finale and Its Aftermath

This paragraph critiques the series finale of 'How I Met Your Mother', describing it as clumsy and unsatisfying. The author discusses the finale's plot, including the revelation of the mother's death and Ted's pursuit of Robin after the mother's passing. The paragraph highlights the backlash from fans and critics, and the author's personal feelings of betrayal and dissatisfaction with the ending. It also mentions the alternate ending provided on the DVD release, which is considered superior by fans and concludes the series on a more positive note.

20:09

πŸ€” Revisiting the Ending - A Critique on Character Arcs and Storytelling

The paragraph provides a critical analysis of the show's ending, questioning the narrative choices and character development. The author argues that the ending feels like a betrayal of the characters' arcs, particularly Robin and Barney, and criticizes the show for undermining their growth and story progression. The paragraph also discusses the show's initial focus on Ted and Robin's relationship and how the ending contradicts this by reverting to their romance. The author expresses frustration over the final season's focus on Robin and Barney's wedding, which seems to contradict the final twist.

25:11

🎢 The Emotional Journey and the Show's Impact

This paragraph reflects on the emotional journey of the characters and the impact of the show on its audience. It talks about the love story between Ted and Tracy, the hardships Ted faced, and how they led him to the mother. The paragraph concludes with the final words of the series, reinforcing the central theme of the show - the story of how Ted met his children's mother.

Mindmap

Keywords

πŸ’‘How I Met Your Mother

A popular American sitcom that aired from 2005 to 2014, revolving around the main character Ted Mosby and his journey to find his true love, the mother of his children. The show is known for its unique narrative structure, pop culture references, and the mystery surrounding the identity of the 'mother'.

πŸ’‘Series Finale

The last episode of a television series, which typically provides closure to the storylines and characters. In the context of 'How I Met Your Mother', the series finale was controversial and divisive among fans due to its unexpected plot developments.

πŸ’‘Cultural Phenomenon

A person, event, or entity that becomes widely known and influential within a culture, often generating significant public interest and discussion. 'How I Met Your Mother' is described as a cultural phenomenon due to its widespread popularity and the impact it had on popular culture during its run.

πŸ’‘Character Development

The process by which a character in a story changes and grows over time, often as a result of experiences and interactions within the narrative. In the context of the video, character development refers to the evolution of the characters in 'How I Met Your Mother' and the controversy over how this development was handled in the series finale.

πŸ’‘Narrative Structure

The way in which the events of a story are organized and presented to the audience. 'How I Met Your Mother' is known for its non-linear narrative structure, using time jumps and flashbacks to tell its story.

πŸ’‘Pop Culture

A term that refers to the most popular and widespread elements of a society's culture, often characterized by mass media and popular entertainment. 'How I Met Your Mother' is described as having a strong presence in pop culture, indicating its widespread popularity and influence.

πŸ’‘Viewer Backlash

A strong negative reaction from an audience, typically in response to a creative decision or direction taken by a show or movie. In the context of the video, viewer backlash refers to the public's不滑 and criticism of the series finale of 'How I Met Your Mother'.

πŸ’‘Alternate Ending

A different conclusion to a story that diverges from the original ending provided to the audience. The alternate ending of 'How I Met Your Mother' was included on the DVD release of the final season as a response to viewer backlash against the original finale.

πŸ’‘Time Jumps

A storytelling technique where the narrative moves between different points in time, often used to create suspense, reveal information, or show character growth. 'How I Met Your Mother' frequently employed time jumps as part of its narrative style.

πŸ’‘Character Arc

The progression or transformation of a character's personality, motivations, and relationships throughout a story. The video script discusses the character arcs of Ted, Robin, and Barney, and how their development was perceived as undermined by the series finale.

Highlights

The end of 'How I Met Your Mother' marked a decade, showcasing the passage of time and the show's impact on pop culture.

The show was a hit by every definition, captivating audiences with its unique blend of humor and life experiences.

Despite its popularity, the series finale was widely criticized, often appearing on lists of the worst TV finales.

The finale's controversy was unprecedented, with a level of public outrage not commonly seen in response to TV endings.

The show's storytelling was characterized by clever use of time jumps, contributing to its artistic identity and narrative structure.

The series was seen as a successor to 'Friends', filling the void left by that iconic show and becoming an internet darling.

The final season was unusual, taking place over a single weekend and stretching the timeline in a way that felt unnatural.

The identity of the mother was a major source of speculation and theorizing among fans, with many expecting a surprise reveal.

The reveal of the mother's name, Tracy McConnell, was a significant plot point, despite being hinted at in an early episode.

The finale's twist, where Ted ends up with Robin after the mother's death, felt out of place and betrayed the story that had been told.

The conclusion of Ted and Robin's romance was well-executed throughout the series, making the finale's return to their relationship feel jarring.

The finale's decision to undermine Robin's character and her life choices was seen as a betrayal of her established values and growth.

Barney's character arc was largely undone in the finale, reverting him back to his earlier womanizing ways and disregarding his development.

The creators included an alternate ending on the DVD release, which was more literal and focused on Ted meeting Tracy, the mother.

The alternate ending is considered superior by fans and provides a more coherent and emotionally satisfying conclusion.

The finale's controversial decisions and lack of groundwork in the final season led to it being regarded as one of the worst TV finales.

The finale's narrative choices made the entire story of the show feel redundant and undermined the character development of the past seasons.

The creators' decision to stick to the original ending despite audience backlash highlights the challenges of concluding a long-running series.

The finale's reception underscores the importance of consistent storytelling and the risks of subverting audience expectations in a long-term narrative.

Transcripts

00:00

but if you know you

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[Music]

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know but if you know you

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[Music]

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know it's crazy to think that it's been

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an entire decade since the end of How I

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Met Your Mother 10 years to conclude a

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show that started almost 20 years ago it

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honestly doesn't feel like it's been

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that long time really does fly or I'm

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just getting old I don't know man I was

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a big fan of How I Met Your Mother when

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I was a teenager as were a lot of people

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it was a hit show by every definition of

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the term the hype around this series was

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no joke from its very first season to

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its last How I Met Your Mother had pop

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culture in a choke hold even if you

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weren't watching it you just could not

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Escape it it was everywhere as we all

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know though this show

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kind of dropped the ball they kind of

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messed up at the end if you go around

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the internet and encounter any top 10

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list of the worst series finales of all

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time I'm willing to bet that every

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single one of them will mention the

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series finale of How I Met Your Mother

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very few shows have managed to rival the

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absolute Scandal caused by that finale

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it was kind of crazy and I can say as

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someone who was watching the show week

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to week for years experiencing the

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ending along with the rest of the world

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was just wild like we all love to talk

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about bad TV endings like Game of

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Thrones Dexter or Pretty Little Liars

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which are all terrible don't get me

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wrong but I don't think people truly

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remember just how loud the anger was

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when How I Met Your Mother ended cuz at

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the time it did in 2014 we had never

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really seen something like that happen

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but now it's been a decade and I haven't

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taken a look at the show's final season

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in years and while How I Met Your Mother

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has remained extremely relevant online

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over the years I feel like most people

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avoid talking about the ending it's kind

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of an unspoken rule of the internet we

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just collectively chose to forget about

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it so recently I started getting really

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curious to see how the ending of the

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show has aged like I started to wonder

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how I would feel about the ending now

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with a completely different lens I mean

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who knows maybe it wasn't as bad as we

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thought it was back then maybe the

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outrage wasn't entirely Justified or

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maybe it was maybe in retrospect we were

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too hard on it I don't know it picked my

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curiosity 10 years is a long enough time

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and that was starting to take over my

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brain so I finally decided to sit down

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and rewatch the ending of the show it

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had been a pretty long time so there are

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a lot of details I didn't remember

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clearly which made it very interesting

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to re explore so today friends we're

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so for the uninitiated How I Met Your

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Mother is the story of Ted Mosby a young

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and ambitious architect living in New

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York City with his two best friends from

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college and newly engaged couple

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Marshall and Lily the story is actually

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told from the perspective of Ted 25

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years in the future the show is framed

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around the scenario of him sitting his

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future children down to tell them the

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story of how he met their mother and so

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he narrates the story of his life and

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experiences tracing all the major and

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minor events that led him to meeting the

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love of his life throughout an entire

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decade we witnessed the craziest stories

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Ted lived alongside Marshall and Lily

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but also with his strange friend Barney

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a methodical and unethical womanizer who

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leads him to meet Robin a Canadian

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journalist who drastically changes the

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course of Ted's life on the surface How

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I Met Your Mother is sort of framed as a

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serialized romantic comedy but the

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reality is this is a show about life

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we're following a group of friends as

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they experience life the joys the

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Sorrows the extraordinary and the

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mundane the realities of being an adult

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we see them fall in love we see them

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heartbroken we watch them as they are

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faced with the fear of starting a new

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job having issues when getting a new

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apartment being nervous on a first date

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struggling with your career path the

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pain of losing a parent the difficulties

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of becoming a parent the Epic highs and

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lows of high school football nope wrong

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show it's a huge Melting Pot of

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relatable human experiences through the

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lens of a charismatic group of friends

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you can't help but get attached to it's

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not Reinventing the Wheel by any means

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but How I Met Your Mother truly managed

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to tell its story in an incredibly

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Charming way that made it very unique

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the show shapes its storytelling and

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even its sense of humor through an

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extremely clever use of time jumps which

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which is a massive part of its artistic

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identity the episodes are almost never

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taking place in a linear timeline

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instead they build tension twists and

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comedic timing by constantly jumping

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back and forth in different points in

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time this unusual storytelling model is

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not only ambitious but also allows for

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the writers to get creative with how the

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stories play out and it also paves the

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way for a good amount of recurring gags

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that in time became iconic inside jokes

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for audiences true story how Met Your

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Mother was a massive pop culture

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phenomenon often referred to as the

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successor of friends mainly because it

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started airing in 2005 just about a year

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after friends ended its 10-year run

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leaving television and audiences with a

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gigantic void to fill with a new super

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popular sitcom about fun attractive

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white 20s something it was perfect

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timing and the show became an internet

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darling that led to legend wait for it

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Dairy meme and an insane amount of fan

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theories about various plot points in

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the show namely the very secretive and

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highly anticipated reveal of the

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mother's identity for eight seasons we

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watch the friend group go through life

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in a lot of different ways some of which

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became massive plot points pertaining to

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the title of the show Ted falls in love

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with Robin they have an intense romance

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but they don't work out eventually Robin

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falls in love with someone else so does

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Ted despite lingering feelings he gets

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engaged he is then left at the altar he

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falls in love again years and years of

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failed romances occur as he relentlessly

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looks for his one true love the mother

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we were all waiting to meet Robin

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eventually finds her true love in Barney

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while Marshall and Lily get married

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become parents and build a life as

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adequately as they can audiences were in

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love with these characters they were

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incredibly invested in this story the

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show was written in a very engaging way

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with great twist and genuinely

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jaw-dropping Cliffhangers and with all

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of the little Mysteries making the show

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talk there was a lot of Buzz and

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excitement about its eventual ending all

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was well the world was

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happy and then came the final season

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season 9 of How I Met Your Mother is

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really weird and bad it's it's weird and

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bad the season has a grand total of 24

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episodes and takes place over one

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weekend 24 episodes of TV that take

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place in three days it is probably the

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biggest stretching of time ever put on

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television and it's just a weird

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decision the season does have its

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moments here and there but

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overall from the first couple of

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episodes you can just tell that

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something about the show feels off the

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vibe is different it's odd it doesn't

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hit the same the dynamic between the

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characters also feels a bit different

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which is probably not held by the fact

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that Marshall is not even with the rest

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of the gang for half of the season it's

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something that always felt weird to me

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but recently I found out that Jason

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seagull who played Marshall was

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apparently very unhappy on the show

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during its last few years and he

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allegedly intended to leave the show

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after season 8 he was not supposed to

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come back for the final season but after

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long discussions with CBS the production

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managed to convince him to come back to

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the show for the final season although

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in a somewhat reduced role that would

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allow him to focus on other projects and

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not have as hectic of a shooting

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schedule that and they probably offered

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him a fuckload of money too so yeah uh

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if you've ever wondered why season 9

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makes this really weird decision to have

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Marshall separated from the rest of the

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cast as he goes on a weird side quest to

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get to the wedding uh that's why but

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anyways like I said the entirety of

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season 9 all 24 episodes of it take

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place during the weekend of Robin and

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Barney's wedding at that point through

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various storylines that happened

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throughout the seasons we already knew

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that this wedding is where Ted was going

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to meet the mother so naturally the

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writers used this entire season to build

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up to that moment again a very strange

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decision timeline wise but it is what it

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is this is also the season that is all

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about the mother and that is where all

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of the fan theories about the show's

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ending came to a head like I said

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earlier the internet was obsessing over

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the identity of the mother and over the

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years got really crazy some fans firmly

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believe that the mother was a character

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we already knew and others were

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convinced the mother had yet to be

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introduced and was going to be played by

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a super famous actress in a big surprise

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reveal and everyone was theorizing about

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who was going to be playing her Michelle

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tractenberg was a huge rumor that last

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it for years a lot of fans were

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convinced she was going to appear in the

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show as the mother Jessica Alba was

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another name that floated for a very

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long time I even remember a Facebook

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group that was heavily supporting the

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theory that the mother was going to be

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played by Angelina Jolie like it was a

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wild time on the internet then at some

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point rumors started to emerge that

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Rachel Bilson of the OC Fame was going

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to appear on the show something that

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apparently had been secretly in the

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works for a very long time and fans were

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convinced she was going to play the

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mother Rachel Bilson eventually did

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appear in the show but it was a red

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hering because she was eventually

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revealed to be not the mother but the

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mother's roommate who briefly dated Ted

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years before he met the mother some

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people were also convinced the mother

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was going to be Victoria one of Ted's

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most important love interests in the

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entire show she was a fan favorite and

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no she did not end up being the mother

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but it was later confirmed by the

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creators that Victoria was actually

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their backup plan to wrap up the show

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with nolu sens in case it was cancelled

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before they could end it the way they

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wanted so the fans were half right with

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this one these were just a few theories

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among many of them but ultimately every

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theory about the mother's identity ended

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up being wrong and it turns out that the

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writers had secretly told us that a very

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a very long time ago more specifically

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in episode 9 of season 1 it's the first

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Thanksgiving episode of the show and it

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ends with Ted Barney and Robin finding

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themselves in a strip club Ted is

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approached by one of the strippers who

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introduces herself as Ember before

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switching up and revealing to him her

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real name Tracy and once we hear her

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name this happens I'm Amber I'm Ted

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actually I'm Tracy still Tad and that

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kids is the true story of How I Met Your

14:33

Mother what I'm kidding that's how the

14:36

episode ends and what seemed like a

14:38

random joke at the end of an episode was

14:40

actually a gigantic piece of the puzzle

14:43

given to us by the writers but pretty

14:45

much everybody missed it on their first

14:47

watch me included it's by far the

14:50

biggest clue they ever gave us the kids

14:53

reaction to Ted meeting this stripper is

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there because the kids recogniz I their

14:59

mother's name the show actually reveals

15:03

to us in season 1 that the mother's name

15:07

is Tracy therefore any theory that

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didn't involve a woman named Tracy was

15:12

going to be automatically wrong and yes

15:16

as we now know from the end of the show

15:18

the mother's name was Tracy McConnell

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and she wasn't played by Angelina Jolie

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she was played by Kristen Mady who was

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relatively unknown at the time she was

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officially introduced in the final scene

15:29

of the season 8 finale and then appeared

15:32

regularly in season 9 as this mysterious

15:34

woman who meets Ted's friends in

15:36

different situations around the wedding

15:38

long story short the final season is

15:41

messy and after season 8 having already

15:43

been criticized for being largely

15:45

uneventful there was a lot of scrutiny

15:48

over how season 9 was going to play out

15:50

and for most of its run it was sort of

15:53

confusing and disappointing and it just

15:55

felt like it dragged for way too long

15:58

and audience could feel that as they

16:00

waited for the answers to all of their

16:02

questions 9 years is a long time to be

16:05

invested into a show and its story so

16:09

despite the season feeling tired there

16:11

was still a global sense of enthusiasm

16:13

about the upcoming

16:15

finale so how does it end how does the

16:18

show conclude well that's a pretty

16:20

well-known story but let's go over it

16:22

quickly the series finale of How I Met

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Your Mother does fulfill the promise of

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the title although it does it in a very

16:28

very clumsy way after a lot of

16:31

convoluted time hopping that shows

16:33

different points in the lives of the

16:34

main characters between the years 2014

16:37

and 2030 including Ted's wedding we

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finally get to see the moment Ted met

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the mother and for all the criticism I