Let me start off by saying that I am super late in starting the show. I JUST started watching it back in January and quickly fell in love with each character. As someone who has literally binge-watched for the last 2 months in a desperate attempt to catch up, I thought the ending was absolutely perfect and I’ll tell you why.
I keep reading how people wish the show would have just ended at Ted and Tracy meeting at the train station. I understand the sentiment but I feel like this picture perfect ending is NEVER what the show was about.
It was always messy and flawed and confusing and random and that’s Ted’s whole journey. It was his desperate attempt to make order out of chaos. That’s life. That’s the reason I connected to him. I like the idea that we saw Ted’s journey before Tracy, we see that Tracy changes his life in an amazing way and he loved her for every minute he knew her and then we see that, much like real life, his journey goes on even after her journey ends.
Meeting Tracy was important but it’s not the only thing that defined Ted. At the end, she was a part of it all but more so, his life was shaped by the friends that he knew from the beginning and those same friends were there at the end. Life is a series of moments and we treasure them because they are fleeting and have an expiration date.
In the end, it was ALWAYS about the 5 friends and Robin was always his best friend. Even the kids say it. Ted’s friends are there before, during and after. More so, it was always about Ted. His journey is the heart of the show.
I didn’t take away that it was always about Robin so much as I took away the fact that Ted’s life goes on and, in the future, Robin is still a part of it.
I also like the idea that a sitcom can challenge the idea of what a “happy ending” should be. Really, there is no definitive ending but only a new beginning. The story goes on. And so do we.