‘How I Met Your Mother’ Co-Creator Defends Controversial Finale

'How I Met Your Mother' Co-Creator Defends Controversial Finale


“We wrote a comedy with dramatic elements till the very end,” Craig Thomas tweets amid split public opinion about series ender

Public opinion on Monday night's series finale of “How I Met Your Mother” might be divided, but Craig Thomas, the CBS sitcom's co-creator, figures that he and co-creator Carter Bays did a pretty good job.

Thomas fired up his Twitter account early Tuesday morning to discuss the series ender, and to thank viewers for watching — “no matter what” they thought of the finale.

“We wrote a comedy with dramatic elements till the very end,” Thomas wrote. “Thanks for taking that ride with us.”

He also acknowledged that the finale drew varying responses, referencing “[e]very possible reaction to the last 44 minutes.”

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Thomas also asserted that the “HIMYM” finale addressed “life's twists and turns.”

“We did a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens,” Thomas wrote.

The series finale, which confirmed earlier suspicion that the titular mother (played by Cristin Milioti) had died, and found Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky divorcing just three years after their much-anticipated wedding, received mixed reactions from viewers, particularly among the Twitter community, with one user describing her reaction to the finale as “hurt and bitter.”

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“Oh, hey, yeah, it's the morning now and I've slept on it and I'm still hurt and bitter over the #HIMYM finale. Yep. Okay,” Twitter user Samantha Ania wrote.

Another opined, “Worst ending to the best show, but it's been a good ride.”

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No matter what the reaction, the “How I Met Your Mother” finale certainly drew viewers; the hour-long finale hit all-time highs for the series, surging 51 percent from the previous week in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic for a 5.3 rating/16 share and grabbing 12.9 million total viewers.

  • Jonas Grumby

    I absolutely love a good series finale even when I hate to see a show leave. My two all time favorites are Six Feet Under and MASH.

    This one was the worst ever … hands down. What a slap in the face to an otherwise damn good series. What did they do, throw darts at a dartboard to come up with it. What a disaster.

    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      I think they were trying to figure out what would piss people off the most. Death is such a cop-out. Especially in a sitcom.

  • nmmatt

    Sure, they've done twists and turns, and done them well. This one, however, was clumsy, tone deaf and came off as a badly executed gimmick. What makes it worse is that they had known how they were going to end it for nine years yet couldn't find a way to make the ending seem like a revelation as opposed to a clumsy joke. The mother dying and Ted reuniting with Robin should have felt heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. Instead it felt ridiculous.
    Clearly his early success has gone to his head. This dude actually thinks he can make the same gimmick work a second time after completely failing, and predictably failing had he had just one critical voice in his writing room.

    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      You are absolutely right. It was a horrible ending. And the fact that he is defending it shows how huge his ego really is.

  • Me

    After that, Bob Newhart awoke from a nightmare.

    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      That would have been great. Have Bob Saget wake up. and next to him would be Bob Newhart.

  • Honey Badger Don't Care

    Drama and tragedy are two different things. There was no need for the mother to die. What a stupid ending. If the creators didn't want Ted and Cristin to be together, they could have just gotten divorced. Why must death always be used?

    There are other ways to surprise people than just using death. Killing off the mother was a major cop out. You know they were like “Everyone wants Ted and Robin to end up together, so we have to kill off the mother. There is no other option.”

  • Rusty Hill

    this is why it should have not been extended for 3 seasons. it was going to end in season 6

    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Yeah but the show does extremely well in syndication, and CBS get millions of dollars for each additional episode they make. So they decided to extend the show, and make more money.