Amanda Watches TV: How I Met Your Mother Finale aka The Hangover

Now that we got some sleep how does the How I Met Your Mother finale look now? I went to bed thinking that I would feel better after I have gotten some sleep. I woke up feeling a sadness and headache I can only equate to a hangover.

In the beginning I was all bubbly and taking small sips of this show. I liked what I tasted. Then I started to binge on the show (thanks Netflix). I felt myself falling into a comfortable buzz of happiness. Then, the last season. I started to feel a little funny and couldn’t stay up long to watch it but I figured it will all be OK. Then the finale aired. That is the point where the show really couldn’t stay down. The BS couldn’t stay down any longer. That is when I fell asleep hoping it would all be better in the morning.

Now, here I am. It’s the morning and man do I have a wicked hangover. Do I regret getting into this show? No. It was a good show. It had so much optimism about love, best friends and how we should wait for the right one. It is a welcome change from shows that were so cynical about love, fate and everything that comes with it.

Which is why I am still dumbfounded by that ending. It was cruel and dark. It didn’t feel optimistic to me. I don’t understand what makes show runners and writers think they have to go all out for the finale. Sometimes the narrative naturally dictates where the story should end. This story should have ended happy. This story was allowed to be corny. There is nothing wrong with corny and sweet.

I don’t know if Bays and Thomas realize but the world is quite dark on its own. Sometimes we all need a break and that break comes from our entertainment.  Why couldn’t everyone get what they wanted on this optimistic show? Why back pedal? Why ruin your show at the last-minute with the fans that stuck by you through everything? Made the show a success? These are questions I think I will be asking for a long time and I bet I won’t get any real answers anytime soon.

I would go into how every single characters was regressed but I won’t do that. Amazing fans have already written that in beautiful detail. That is something I will truly miss about this fandom. There were so many amazing and smart people populating and loving this world we called How I Met Your Mother.

Yes, we are all feeling hung over right now but it too shall pass. New shows will appear, old shows will gain our attention again or just possibly we will find a way to enjoy How I Met Your Mother again but cautiously and with the ending we wanted planted firmly in our heads that will make it all better.

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