Outrage over the way “How I Met Your Mother” ended is starting to dissipate. This video may help.
An enterprising fan has excised the last couple of minutes from Monday’s (March 31) series finale, and in so doing has allowed Ted (Josh Radnor) and Tracy (Cristin Milioti) to remain together forever, instead of what actually happened.
The real ending does have its defenders, including Radnor himself. “I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out,” he tells Vulture. “It was more of a hook to hang the thing on. Really it was more about, these are the crazy adventures and these are the lessons I had to learn before I met your mother.”
YouTube user “Ricardo J Dylan” begs to differ. “I believe that this is more like the ending that we deserve,” he writes in the “about” section of the video. His version cuts out the conversation between Ted and his kids, who encourage him to go ask Robin (Cobie Smulders) out again six years after Tracy’s death. It also keeps Tracy alive, excising the piece of Ted’s narration about her getting sick.
Instead, it closes with the fantastic train-platform scene between Ted and Tracy, intercut with a brief shot of 2030 Ted saying “So that, kids, is how I met your mother.” Clean, simple and much less likely to make you want to throw something at the screen.