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How I Met Your Mother

Big shows always went off with controversial endings: Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Dexter, you name it. In fact, endings are always hard and I’ll try to make few points here of what I thought about the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

Max Nicholson of IGN gave the finale 9.7/10 rating, saying “How I Met Your Mother‘s series finale was a beautiful end to a great show”. I perfectly agree.

It’s been 9 season, 9 years and over 200 episodes. That’s a lot of time, lots of memories, jokes, laughs, slaps, hugs, loves, high-fives and tears… and when I look back I see how many things happened along the way, how much we changed… how some things stayed the same… it’s amazing… The journey has been a big part of the show, but time tells me there’s more to How I Met Your Mother than story.

I don’t know for sure. I’d be on the gang and the fact that we all saw ourselves in one character or another. There’s also the situations, the stories, the relations, the laughs, the tears, and maybe the life itself this show was so filled with… Many things… After all, How I Met Your Mother always felt real to me, but maybe I’m a hopeless romantic… Ted’s a hopeless romantic…

How I Met Your Mother

Cheers to a great couple of people and their friendship!

I know there’s lots of nostalgia talking through me now, but nostalgia is not a bad thing, especially now. In fact, nostalgia is only one of so many feelings (good ones) I experienced during and after the finale. Feelings were never out of the equation with this series. I loved the character, loved the stories, everything… and that’s what mattered the most to me. I got attached to this show like I haven’t before.

Feelings and relations, characters, were all big parts of How I Met Your Mother and the finale definitely did justice to those parts. The gang saying good-bye to Ted, the empty apartment, the last picture in the bar at table, Barney and his girl, Marshall succeeding as a judge, Robin succeeding as a new anchor, Lily and Marshall having a third child, Ted falling getting married and having 2 kids and even the final scene, which I know bothered lots of people, they were all soul-wrenching and tears bearing moments and I’m not gonna hide that because it was great.

How I Met Your Mother

The gang was always the core of the story… Just look at them…

The finale wasn’t only trying to rip of some tears and play the drama card, but to say good-bye and conclude the story that went on for such a long time. And in many ways, it did that. It did justice to the first half of the series with its brilliant and unconventional comedy and strikes of drama. It did justic to the the last half of the series, the last couple seasons when the characters got to grow a lot. The finale was a tribute to all that.

I think most people had this vision of the ending that didn’t concur with the structure, but that only made the end more memorable. Bays and Thomas outdid themselves this time. The finale felt like having a season’s worth of material told in only two episodes and that felt more real than the whole 9th season.

Friends grow apart, marriages change lifestyles, things fall apart and even loved ones die… Nothing lasts forever… Life isn’t always fair or easy. It changes. Life is complex and the finale ended on that note, a beautiful note and I think most people got scared because they were used with this group of friends being together and seeing them grow apart made everyone sad.

How I met Your Mother

On that note, the final scene was a come-back to how things should have been. This was always the story of how Ted is in love with Robin, as his daughter put it. Don’t get fooled by the title, that’s a premise and the show is known to have plays the cards many times along the way. Even the fact that the series began with Ted seeing Robin and falling for her at first sight, took the story to the natural ending of them getting together. It was destiny…

The finale was soul wrenching, nostalgic, sad and many things, but it was conclusive, an ending in all the ways an end should be an end. One last high note and a special one…

PS: I guess some mysteries are meant to be unresolved – The Pineapple Incident. Not even Mosby Boys wouldn’t crack that one… And why did people got so attached over The Mother? She’s only been for a couple of episodes… The gang’s been 9 season with us. And the finale was about them.

How I Met Your Mother

A high-five to echo through eternity…


To the end.
To the series.
To all the fans who watched.
To the creators and all the people who made it happen.





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The Walking Dead - Season 3 - Poster Art - Frank Ockenfels/AMC

The Walking Deadone of the most popular TV shows concluded its 3rd season recently. After establishing in an abandoned prison, Rick and his group encountered another human settlement, a small village run by a mysterious man named The Governor whom they’ll enter in conflict as it is slowly reveals that he is not as good as the appearances shows. In this order of ideas, the main antagonist of this season was this governor.

The show focused on the human conflict, either exterior or interior, while the walkers were put in a corner of shadow. Nevertheless, the walkers were still present and dangerous, but in a shallow and docile manner, not having the same statute as they used to have. Besides keeping The Governor and their men away, the characters must conquer their own demons, keeping their humanity, even if there is no room for kindness in such a world as the one depicted in the show.

What really annoyed me in this season was the plot which seemed superficial for the sake of developing The Governor’s character and his wrath against Rick’s group. Even if the show was promising an epic battle between the two sides in the season’s finale, such a thing never happened as they just blew off some steam without making any real casualties. In fact, the conflict seemed more dangerous as the season was going on and the denouement of such a conflict made me realise that The Walking Dead lost some of the touch it had in the first season for the sake of action. The last episode left space for The Governor to come back in the upcoming series, thing that seemed unneeded in my opinion, another prove that the plot is going into a wrong direction.

What I was looking for in this 3rd season came too late to made me change my opinion. As soon as The Governor disappeared, the show refocus itself towards its original plot, building a sensitive denouement, but the shallow conflict promoted in most of the season can not be looked away by either the idealist or the materialist that lies in me. Bottom line, the plot was quite poor and I expect some sort of improvement, but I think they are going to focus on being commercial in order to procure themselves a big audience killing the last resource of life they have left.

My rate: 8.5/10

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