How I Met Your Mother: A Bitter End?

If you don’t want to speculate (or be spoiled if this is true) don’t read this article.

After last nights episode, it appears we may now know how this story ends, and it isn’t so sweet. It would however be a great ending to this long running show.

This speculation has been around for awhile, with little innuendos throughout the story. However, after last nights episode, it seems inevitable how this story may come to a close. For years, people have wondered why Ted was telling this long story to his children about how he met his mother. Well, it looks like the reason may be because she died.

The shows creators have never deviated, in it’s long history, about how this show would end. It’s not like Friends, who filmed multiple endings to the show, or for goodness sake St. Elsewhere (who could forget that crazy ending?) The creators and writers knew all along how this story was going to end they say, and the show has been filled with innuendo to this end. Such as in an episode in Season 8, Ted runs to his future wife’s apartment and makes a speech about how they will be together in 45 days… He says ““Exactly 45 days from now, you and I are going to meet. We’re going to fall in love and we’re going to get married, and we’re going to have two kids. We’re going to love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away, but I’m here now, I guess because I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them … I am always going to love you. Until the end of my days and beyond.”

Now of course this could be just an expression of his undying love for her, but it appears that he just wants more time with her than he will get.

The mother wasn’t cast until recently, however they also never refer to her, show her, in future seasons. Yes, this could be because she was not cast yet, but there are things unspoken that says a lot more. Like in one scene, flashing forward many years, Ted supposedly high on a sandwich says “Where’s my wife?” His friends standing around say nothing.

Fast forward to last night’s episode. If you haven’t seen it yet, prepare for spoilers. In this flash forward episode, Ted and his wife return to the Inn where Barney and Robin get married to spend time which one another away from the kids. In this episode, Ted tells the stories about Barney and Robins wedding, ending with Robin’s mother showing up for the event (which Robin thought she wouldn’t.) Ted’s wife then asks “How is that a surprise? What mother wouldn’t show up for their daughter’s wedding?” This is when Ted begins to cry. She says “Oh hey… ” and distracts him from the topic with another story. The episode ends with Bob Dylan’s song “If You See Her, Say Hello.”

Now of course this is all speculation. If this is so, it is sure to be a very emotional ending to a great run. We could of course spin it positively, that she WILL show up to her daughter’s wedding, but after last night, I’m not real optimistic of that. Maybe she does have a serious illness, but beats it? Maybe the reason he starts the story is because she is in and out of the hospital at those times? Who knows, maybe there is a happy ending.

Personally though, as sad as it is, as depressing as it is, it may just be the perfect end to the perfect story. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.