‘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

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

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.


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