• Wed, Apr 2 - 10:05 am ET

Even Josh Radnor Is Having Trouble Making Sense Of The HIMYM Finale, And He Was In It

Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby spitting out alcohol GIFKnow 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.

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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    I just don’t get what they were thinking. It just seems too cruel!

  • Alyssa

    This ending made The Mother yet another pawn in the saga of Ted and Robin’s toxic relationship. They were horrible together. It makes me feel like they used The Mother for Ted to have some kids then come right back to Robin. That part of his life was supposedly over, and if he loved the mother as whole heartedly as he claimed, then he could never have gone back. And if his kids listened to ANY of that story, they would have never have said it was okay! You can’t film a finale before the rest of a show is written! Robin passed between Ted and Barney(some one he is still friends with and his kids know) so many times it borders disgusting. There was no reason for it. None. The other gripe I have isn’t so much that The Mother died, but that she died so quickly! He spent all this time looking for her, squeezed two kids out of her real quick, then she dies within 10-11 years. (at least that’s where I put the timeline since it’s 2030 and Penny looks about 16) I get that life is fragile and unpredictable, so fine, I’ll take it, but him ending up with Robin is SO far-fetched to me after all everyone went through. The cycle will never end, in a few more years she will probably be back with Barney. I’m going to live in a bubble where Robin yells out the window “How about no.”

  • Amaranta

    To me, the weird part in the kids’ reaction is not that they would encourage their dad to move on and get with another woman but the fact that they were so nonchalant about the fact that their father started to tell them the story of how he met their mother which ended up being the story of how he’s actually in love with a family friend.
    I would be “WTF Dad, you took a billion years to tell us nothing about our own mother. A simple ‘Kids I’m thinking about dating again’ wouldn’t have sufficed?” and be totally enraged not like “Yes so cool just start banging Aunt Robin who cares about mom”

    • The Redhead

      That was my feeling… It was like “Silly, Dad….you didn’t love Mom, you loved Robin….and that’s GREAT!”

  • Sri

    After processing it some more, I think the main problem I had was that “…he wins in the end; he gets both girls.” Mostly, this was because Ted was THE WORST. He didn’t deserve to “win” both “girls.” (Also, can we talk about how grown women are not 1) girls and 2) trophies to be won?) He was whiny, manipulative, and entitled throughout so much of the series. He seemed to think the universe owed him this awesome person, and he just had to hold on until she found him.

    Also, the fact that they undid so much character development didn’t sit well with me. They talked about the bass guitar so early in the show. They had that joke about Tracy the stripper. They did tiny things like make Barney always reference the same statistics and had Robin walk down the aisle to “Sandcastles in the Sand,” but they couldn’t handle keeping steady with an entire season of character development?