Josh Radnor spoke with Vulture about the finale:
"There are so many opinions floating around. There have always been people that thought that Barney and Robin were perfect together. There have always been people that thought it didn't make sense. There are people that wanted Ted and Robin to be together. There are people that thought they didn't work together. So I just feel that part of the divisiveness and part of the anger and also part of the enthusiasm all speaks to something really great. . . . I think if you're going do something new and bold and daring, you're going to upset some people, and you're gonna thrill others. I think it's better to do that than try to have some homogenized, safe ending that was never really what the show was. The show was always bold and daring and questioning assumptions and leading you where you thought you didn't want to go but realized, at the end, that that was where you belonged."