So the HIMYM alternate ending was leaked online and I was able to watch it a while ago. Being a self confessed hardcore HIMYM fan, I was vocal when I said how the televised ending was a disaster. You know that feeling when you thought that you have this great and perfect relationship and then suddenly waking up realizing that everything was a big lie? The original finale left me heartbroken for 6 months with no amount of comfort foods to compensate the pain it caused me. I thought we and the show’s creators had the understanding of the concept of true love. That in life, there are setbacks and difficulties, but those are just the universe’s ways in putting you “at the right place, at the right time”.
That’s how the alternate ending solved the problem. Ted is explaining to his kids how complicated it was for him to be with The Mother and how everything was so worth it because he was able to meet the love of his life.
He started his story with Marshall planning to propose to Lily. This woken up Ted and decided he wants his own version of true love that he thought he could get on Robin but failed miserably. He went to date a lot of girls, but could not find what he was looking for. He thought Robin was the woman for him until he saw how happy she was with Barney. I remain faithful with my opinion that Ted was never been in love with Robin but only to the idea of romance sparked by Marshall and Lily’s relationship. He wants to have that kind of love and given how hopeless romantic he is, he’ll pursue it no matter how painful it is. That’s Ted and he deserves a woman who’ll make him see how the sheer beauty and the complexity of the story justifies all the difficulties in his life. For me, that is the essence of How I Met Your Mother. It was not about how he really met the mother, but how he became the guy the mother deserved, and how the moment he met her, he knew he would love her forever. All thanks to Robin and his previous heartaches, he was able to grow into a more mature person.
The alternate ending is what we all wanted. How can they not get that? Of course, there are still questions remained unanswered and that things won’t fit in terms of continuity, but this is way much better than the original one.
We are not sure that the Mother did not die, but at least we are assured that Ted and Robin will never get back together because the alternate ending has implications that Barney and Robin are back together after the Divorce. (Future Ted in his narrative said “Things fall apart, but things get back together” with close ups of Barney and Robin so yes, we knew Barnman and Robin are back with the bad ass Baby Ellie!)
With this ending, I can finally die in peace.