HIMYM Fans: Before You Write Off “How I Met Your Dad” Read This

Treva Bowdoin | Apr 9, 2014

How I Met Your Mother

Are you ready to give “How I Met Your Dad” a chance?

Much has already been said about the anger-inducing ending of “How I Met Your Mother.” It made that claustrophobic wedding weekend feel completely pointless with a quickie divorce scene; it glossed over the mother’s death; it turned Barney back into his old womanizer self; it made Robin abandon her friends; and it set the reset button by having Ted show up at Robin’s window with the blue French horn. After years of convincing us that Ted and Robin weren’t right for each other, the creators wanted us to suddenly believe that things would be different this time around. It was pretty maddening.

It’s understandable that some “HIMYM” fans might be wary of giving the “How I Met Your Dad” spinoff a chance after waiting nine years for that rushed finale, but they shouldn’t be so quick to swear off the new series. It’s also to be hoped that CBS doesn’t do the same – it hasn’t picked up the series yet and won’t make a decision about its fate until May.

Luckily, upset “How I Met Your Mother” fans have plenty of tools available that will help them get over their grief. You can read all the #HIMYMFinale tweets from like-minded fans who weren’t happy about Tracy McConnell’s fate. I really love this one that gave the show a more appropriate title: “‘How I used your mother to get the children aunt Robin couldn’t have’ #HIMYM #HIMYMFinale.” And hopefully you saw that great fan-made alternate ending that cut out the death of the Mother (a.k.a. Tracy McConnell) and Ted’s reunion with Robin. It envisioned the series ending with Tracy and Ted happily chatting under their yellow umbrella. Unfortunately, the video has been removed from YouTube because of a copyright claim.

There’s also a petition begging the creators to change the ending of the series, and it already has over 18,000 signatures. However, it looks like fans don’t need to beg – an alternate “happy ending” will be a part of the complete series’ DVD extras. The ending doesn’t contain any additional footage, so I’m guessing it will be a lot like the popular fan-made video. Co-creator Carter Bays kind of apologized to fans while tweeting about the alternate ending. “If you didn’t like the finale, I guess that happens,” he wrote. “We tried something and it didn’t connect with you. I hope we’re still friends. So anyway, here’s a bit of news: 16 days ago today we were in the HIMYM edit room, trying to decide between two very different endings. We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series. We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too.”

By the time “How I Met Your Dad” airs, most “HIMYM” fans will have had enough time to mourn. The creators also know what not to do now: There should be no on-again, off-again love interest that becomes an obsession; there should be no claustrophobic final season set over the course of a weekend; and, most importantly, the creators shouldn’t shoot the ending at the beginning of the show. This way the ending can evolve as the characters change and grow. Surely Carter Bays and Craig Thomas learned their lesson and will do a better job the next time around.

Star Greta Gerwig has already promised that “HIMYD” isn’t going to follow the exact same formula.

“It’s going to be different than the original,” she told Vulture. “When the premise of the show is that it’s a young man looking for his true love, it’s a very different feeling than a young woman looking for her true love. But I’m so nervous about it that I have trouble talking about it. I just want it to really exist.”

Part of what made “HIMYM” so great was the journey, not the destination. Perhaps fans would enjoy the journey a bit more if Greta’s character wasn’t quite so hung up on finding love. The description of her character, Sally, is somewhat hopeful. She’s described as “a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life.” Her character also starts the show as a married woman, but she realizes that she has nothing in common with her partner of less than a year. “Workaholics” star Anders Holm was a solid casting choice for the recurring role of her ex-to-be after getting dumped on “The Mindy Project.” Sally’s posse of pals will be played by Nick D’Agosto (“Masters of Sex”), relative newcomer DrewTarver, and Andrew Santino (“Mixology”). Krysta Rodriguez was originally cast as Sally’s BFF, but she’s been replaced by Tiya Sircar (“The Crazy Ones”).

I really want to see “How I Met Your Dad” make it to the small screen because of a crazy theory that’s floating around. We never saw the mother of Barney’s child in “HIMYM,” so is it possible that Sally was Barney’s last one night stand? I wouldn’t mind this twist ending.

Photo: Francis Orante

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