February 5, 2013

Yet another episode about destiny on the show about destiny.

Last night on How I Met Your Mother, the viewers got what they really wanted. Let's be honest, we don't watch this show to find out how he met their mother. We watch it for Robin Sparkles. (Admittedly, most viewers probably watch for Barney Stinson, but everyone's favorite 90's Canadian pop star runs a close second.)

Beyond the (real) fake websites and the delightful music video gimmicks, this show is really just a story of destiny. And last night's episode was no exception. The thing about "himym" destiny though, is that it's more of a choose your own adventure. Fortunately, thanks to the commitment of Jason Segal, himym will have one more season to choose the destiny for the MacLaren's gang. And I, for one, am glad. Glad that they won't attempt the show without Marshall. But mostly, glad that this show is going to come to an end. Because it's about time. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan. I think this show is well-written, well-acted, and masterfully put together. But all good things must come to an end. And although series finales rarely satisfy, they are undoubtedly better when they have the chance to end on their own terms.

And it sure seems that the writers plan to wrap things up neatly. In last night's episode, older Ted admitted Jeanette was his "one final horrible mistake." Will she be his last girlfriend before we meet the mother? Or just the last crazy one? How I Met Your Mother might be the only show on television that knew how it would end before it began. Maybe the finale won't disappoint after all.

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