I’m sad that so many people didn’t enjoy the ending because Barney and Robin didn’t end up together. When Dawson’s Creek ended I was disappointed that she didn’t end up with Dawson but I didn’t write the entire show off because I didn’t get the ending I wanted. In the end I cried because a show I loved and characters I’d followed along with for years were saying goodbye. Same with Felicity, I always knew she’d never end up with Noel and it sucked, hard, but in the end I still loved the show and was sad to say goodbye. Same with Skins and Skins crushed me over and over and over again.
While I’m not surprised, I do find it unfortunate that so many people are saying the entire show was a waste of time because of the finale. So the Swarley episode was a complete waste of your time? Was the Naked Man a waste of your time? Was the Slap Bet a waste of your time also? If so, I am really sad that the entire show was washed away by one episode.
I admit, I didn’t think for the last several years that Ted and Robin would end up together. Well, I had a small hope mostly because it always came back to the two of them and either the writers were just stringing me along or there was something more there. There was also that bet Marshall had with Lily about whether Ted would end up with Robin and that she said he should pay up because clearly Ted and Robin were over food good and Marshall replies with “Not yet.” I think that kind of told us how it would end but even I wasn’t sold on that, obviously, given that Robin turned him down and it appeared her and Barney were on their way to getting back together.
Was the ending perfect? No. I would have fleshed out the mother part more over the last season and I would have done more with Ted and Robin so it didn’t feel so rushed. But in the end it was about Ted’s journey, his friends and his undying love for Robin. He loved her from afar for so many years despite there being little to know hope. He fell in love with the mother and was able to move on and when life didn’t go as planned he found himself still in love with Robin after all those years. It felt right to me and I wish it had felt right to everyone else too. This was a messy journey, such as life, and I enjoyed all the ups and downs.