Know how I know that How I Met Your Mother did too much and went too far off course in their series finale? Because Josh Radnor tried to give an interview defending it, and ended up just as confused as the rest of us.
That’s right friends, even the man who played Ted Mosby himself had trouble making sense of that forty-two minute roller-coaster ride, although he tries admirably to defend it in this interview with Vulture. Some people might even say he succeeded, but I don’t happen to be one of them.
For one thing, Josh has apparently known how the series would end from the first season, but he didn’t tell any of us, which is honestly pretty rude.
“They had mentioned to me the twist about the mother in the first season, and I kind of put it out of my head. I didn’t know if they would actually want to come back to it and do that, especially after Cristin [Milioti, who played The Mother], because she was so wonderful and the fans seemed to really take to her. So I asked them ‘Are you guys still doing that?’ And they said yeah.”
Oh and he’s not impressed with you predicting the plot twist beforehand, so quit patting yourself on the back.
“It’s not that people cracked some code. They were laying that in, so that it would be discussed and slightly less jarring for people.”
Well we were still jarred, Joshua. AND I THINK YOU KNOW THAT.
“It’s really interesting. There’s a jarring disconnect between fans who had five minutes to process that information and kids who had six years. The kids were in a completely different emotional space than a lot of fans of the show. But yeah, that seems plausible.”
Did it? Did it seem plausible that these kids whose mother had died during their very formative years would encourage their dad to get his dick wet with a family friend? You got weird kids, man.
“I haven’t had a lot of time to prep a defense if that’s what you’re asking for. [Laughs.] I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out.”
Okay but whyyyyy is that a good thing? To have faked out a very loyal audience after they somehow stuck with you for nine seasons.
“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.”
I don’t know girl. I don’t feel like it’s the ending itself that people are reacting to — I feel like it was the timing of everything. That nine seasons of show reversed itself in ten minutes of finale and that Ted got what he wanted. What kind of a world do we live in when two theoretically intelligent, independent, interesting women are willing to hitch their wagons to that mope-fest?
“He’s great, and he wins in the end; he gets both girls.”
Um yeah. That’s what I’m talking about. HOW DID THAT POSSIBLY HAPPEN.
“I just feel like I’m just getting started and it’s hard to make sense of that finale and nine years of a show.”
‘Hard to make sense of’? That’s the understatement of the year.