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How I Met Your Mother Series Finale Recap

The 7 Biggest Bombshells From the HIMYM Series Finale

How I Met Your Mother came to an end after nine legendary seasons this week, and we're left completely shocked. While we got answers to many questions in the series finale — including the mother's name and her fate — there are also a handful of unexpected bombshells from the whole gang. Keep reading to see the moments that surprised us the most from Ted, Robin, Barney, Marshall, and Lily, and then get nostalgic with some old HIMYM photos and a compilation of running gags.

The Mother's Name

Let's get this out of the way, even though it happens at the end of the episode: we finally learn the mother's name! And adorably, conveniently, she has the same initials as Ted Mosby: Tracy McConnell! This helps explain the whole yellow umbrella snafu.

How Ted Meets the Mother

This is the moment we've been waiting nine seasons for. We watch the scene of how Ted meets the mother, approaching her in Farhampton about the aforementioned umbrella. It's a simple moment, and it's poignant that it comes at the end of the episode, though that's not even the final bombshell of the series. But before we get to that, let's get back on track.


Robin and Barney's Divorce

Heartbreaking moment number one of the finale is the shocker that Barney and Robin's marriage — for which we just witnessed the vows one week ago — doesn't go the distance, and they divorce after three years. They cite distance and Robin's career, and even though this shouldn't be surprising, it is. It's a bummer but a necessity for the plot (more on that later).

Barney Has a Baby

Despite Barney's relationship with Robin failing, he does meet the girl of his dreams: Ellie. The divorced Barney goes back to his old ways, and after the "perfect month," he gets a girl pregnant and produces Ellie (and the sweetest, most heartfelt man-to-baby speech). Who would have thought that Barney would also end up with a kid?

Ted and the Mother Don't Get Married . . . For a While

Speaking of kids, a huge thing we learn about Ted and Tracy is that they don't get engaged and then have their storybook wedding about a year or so later. Or even a couple of years. As it turns out, Tracy's first pregnancy derails their blowout wedding (of course Ted would be a groomzilla and need a huge castle wedding), and they wait until they have their first child. Then their second child. Ted and Tracy finally get married five years after the original proposal at the lighthouse and seven years after they meet. And he first sees her in her dress at MacLaren's, which is stunningly appropriate.

The Mother Is Dead

So, the theories were true. Tracy does get sick and ultimately die, leaving Ted a widower. We have barely seconds to process this before we find out why he's actually telling his kids this story, and they're right: this isn't the story of how Ted met their mother.

This Is the Story . . . of Ted Asking Out Robin

Yes, ultimately, when Ted's kids hear the story, it's six years after the death of their mom, and they're the ones who sniff out the real purpose of why he's telling it. They think this is the story of how he's really in love with Robin, and in telling it, he'll get the kids' permission to ask her out. The permission is granted — they obviously love her — and the series ends with Ted at Robin's home, presenting her with the blue French horn. The end.

What did you think of the ending?

— Additional reporting by Alyse Whitney

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xm123 xm123 3 years

Agree 100%. I never liked them as a couple at all. He didn't love her-he coveted her, which is a different thing altogether. I really hated them treating the mother as a sort of accessory. The show should've been called, "I Really Wanted Robin But She Didn't Want Me So I Had Kids With Tracy."

gymrat87 gymrat87 3 years

That part where Barney tells Ellie she's the love of his life was probably the best scene of the whole hour for me. It was so emotional and NPH nailed it…but I did think that they played up so much like Robin was different for him and in the end she didn't change him at all. Which was kind of cheap.

gymrat87 gymrat87 3 years

Yeah, it's not so much that Barney and Robin didn't work out that bothered me (though I did like them together), it's that it felt like The Mother was supposed to be "the one" and she was just kind of a stop on the way to Robin that popped out a few kids.

gymrat87 gymrat87 3 years

The whole concept of HIMYM made it seem like The Mother was Ted's one and only. His perfect match…yadda yadda yadda. It didn't bother me that she died, that seemed kind of poetic, but for, at the end, it to all be about how finally ends up with Robin? After so much Robin/Barney stuff in later seasons? Seems like a waste.

Maggie-Pehanick Maggie-Pehanick 3 years

I'm satisfied, yet I'm really sad. I'm glad Ted ends up with Robin, but Barney's story is a bit tragic. Yes, he has a daughter now who redeems him, but will he ever find a partner, now that Robin is with Ted?

Arielle15255037 Arielle15255037 3 years

They really were meant to end up together. Been shipping them for ages and now that ship has landed

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