‘How I Met Your Mother’ Series Finale Recap: The Mother’s Name, Robin & Barney’s Marriage Revealed

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By Anne Lu | April 1, 2014 12:46 PM EST

“How I Met Your Mother” has aired its much anticipated finale on Monday in the U.S. And the ending seems to have a polarising effect on the viewers. No one seemed to be undecided; they either love it so much or hate it a lot.

Spoiler ahead: Don’t read further if you haven’t watched the episode yet.

First up, yes, the “Mother” is dead.

As the fans have feared since the beginning of the show, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) has been telling his story to his kids because the mother is dead in the year 2030. The Mother died of illness offscreen.

The Mother’s name is Tracy.

After being nameless for the whole of season nine, The Mother (Cristin Milioti) has finally been named in the last episode of the show titled “Last Forever,” and it’s Tracy. She and Ted didn’t get married until they had their children Penny and Luke (Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie).

Barney and Robin

Unfortunately, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) divorced three years later. They have just gotten married in the last episode, but Robin’s work schedule became too much for both of them to handle.

Barney eventually impregnated a woman in 2019, and the birth of his daughter prompted him to change his bachelor lifestyle.

Marshall and Lily

If there’s one constant thing that viewers can depend on the show, it’s Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily’s (Alyson Hannigan) marriage. It’s no surprise that they remained tied to each other (older Ted’s stories always include them still being married to and happy with each other). Marshall became a judge in Queens, and Lily gave birth to their third child.

Ted and Robin

So it’s back to square one for Ted and Robin in the future. When Ted was narrating his love life (lives?) to his children in 2030, Tracy has been dead for six years. And apparently, he was being open with his kids because he wanted their permission to date “Aunt Robin,” which they gave him.

In the end, Ted arrived at Robin’s apartment with the blue French horn.

If the fans are asked, the finale either disappointed or satisfied them. Although they already had a nagging feeling that the Mother would die in the ending, some viewers still felt betrayed. According to them, it’s not so much that the Mother died, although it’s preferable that she didn’t, but that Ted ended up with Robin after all.

There were others who didn’t mind, though. In fact, they thought that it’s one of the best endings of a sitcom ever.

Here are the fans’ reactions on Twitter:

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