Because so much of what was terrible here was terrible because Bays and Thomas had a very specific vision for the ending of their show and would not — or, perhaps, after they filmed the kids’ reactions, could not — deviate from it. And based on the initial reaction I’ve seen to the episode, it’s going to forever sour the opinion many fans of the show had for it, no matter how much they may have enjoyed “Slap Bet” or “Ten Sessions” or “Swarley.”

Because this was horrible. This ignored everything that had happened between Ted and Robin, between Robin and Barney, between Ted and Barney and, especially, between Ted Evelyn Mosby and Tracy McConnell, all because once upon a time, this is what Bays and Thomas wanted to do.

They had plenty of opportunity over the years to course correct. They could have at some point accepted that the Robin/Barney coupling made Future Ted/Future Robin not only moot, but annoying. They could have introduced the Mother sooner and just made her a part of the gang — and every single moment this season in which Milioti was allowed to interact with the regulars (either in Farhampton or in the flashforwards) suggested that they could have pulled it off, easily. Hell, even at this late hour, they could have recognized what they had in Milioti and accepted that that old bit of footage with Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie would remain unseen forever (or, at worst, be a special feature to lure people into buying the complete series box set), and that the fans would get over not seeing the kids react to the end of this endless story.

If “HIMYM” hadn’t been as great as it was in its early days, or as great as it could even be from time to time more recently, I wouldn’t care this much. I wouldn’t be as angry as I am. But there kept being moments in this final season, and throughout this final episode, that reminded me of what the show is capable of, and it only filled me with more despair that we were clearly heading towards the ending I feared was coming ever since “Vesuvius” aired. How, I wondered, could the same two men who wrote that great scene where Barney met his daughter for the first time be so tin-eared in this other area? How could the same writers who absolutely, 100% nailed the moment when Ted and Tracy finally meet on the train platform not realize that they had already undermined it by spending so much of the finale on the dissolution of Robin’s marriage and her leftover feelings for Ted? How could they not see the happy, satisfying ending that was staring them right in the face, and instead do… this?

—Alan Sepinwall, Series finale review: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ - ‘Last Forever’: How they conned us all (via slapmymind)
Better titles for HIMYM:


How I Met My Consolation Prize

How We Destroyed 9 Seasons Worth of Character Development

How Your Mom is Basically Another Girl That I Banged

How I Got Over Robin — Oh, Just Kidding

YO. man i have too many of these to ask you. B99, Teen Wolf, FMA: 6, 7

Yo. You’re great.
Brooklyn Nine Nine

6. Favorite friendship.
Jake and Gina. THEY GREW UP TOGETHER. That’s why they’re basically the weirdest ones and that just lit a lightbulb in my head like WOW everything makes complete sense now! They’re quirky, cheap, funny, and just so supportive of one another and yet not afraid to make fun and exploit each other. 

7. Friendship that never felt real to you.
I think that this show is especially good at ensemble-work so all the friendships are all very, very good. If I had to choose the weakest link, I would say that the transition from Rosa and Charles being awkward with each other because he liked her to being friends was almost a little out of the blue. I understand that you lose interest in all others when you’re in a relationship but to just drop it and then Rosa accepting that so openly when you know her personality…? It’s not a big complaint but one I thought wasn’t as organic as the rest… 

Teen Wolf

6. Favorite friendship.
OH GOD WHY. UMMMMM… Scott/Stiles…. Because DUH?? They are so PERFECT. They’re  b r o t h e r s. They will literally do everything for each other and always ALWAYS have each other’s backs. Scott has never thought of Stiles as any sort of sidekick but always as an equal. I love all the friendships on the show though. From Lydia/Allison, Scott/Isaac, BOYD/ERICA/ISSAC T_T 

7. Friendship that never felt real to you.
What was the point of the twins staying at the end of 3A? To be in Scott’s pack because they’re… friends? Hmmmmm… Derek also is terrible to so many people why does he stick around with all the teenagers in Beacon Hill? I don’t know. His plots always seem so separate from the rest of the plot and used only for exposition… 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

6. Favorite friendship.
I love LOVE Al/Ed but if I had to say something else, I love Greed/Ling. How can you SHARE A BODY without becoming on some level… friends (see Wanda/Melanie in The Host). It was also sad… funny.. and awesome because he had some of the coolest abilities. 

7.Friendship that never felt real to you.
That said, I don’t understand Ed/Winry. There was little background and interaction between them in general so I wasn’t so fully invested in their friendship/romance. It was cute! But nothing compared to Mustang/Riza level OTP. Not, imo, well developed enough for me to understand why so many people liked it… This may be an unpopular opinion. (It most definitely is an unpopular opinion.)

It’s been snowing here all day, and it made me want to draw snow-gear rumbelle.