Reaction to the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" was legendary ... for all the wrong reasons.
The CBS sitcom finished its nine season run on Monday night, and was met with criticism over its shocking twist of an ending. Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
Yes, fans of the series did find out how Ted (Josh Radno) actually met "The Mother" (Cristin Milioti) ... and learned her real name is Tracy McConnell (the same initials as Ted, explaining the umbrella mix-up), but their happiness was short lived.
Ted and Tracy had babies and got married, but then she got sick and died. Viewers learned Ted's story to his children was being told six years after her death -- and their biggest takeaway from the tale was how their dad was clearly in love with "Aunt Robin" (Cobie Smulders).
So, after nine years of trying to find out how he met "the mother," it turns out the point of the whole story was getting his kids' blessing to date again after their mom's death. And, no disrespect to their mom, they were more than happy to see him moving on.
He was then seen rushing to Robin's home, where he proclaimed his love for her by presenting her with the blue french horn from the series premiere, bringing the story full circle.
In non-Ted related business, we found out that Robin and Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) marriage (which was the focus of the entire final season) quickly fell apart. He followed up the divorce by having the "perfect month" and getting one of his random hookups pregnant.
In a very sweet moment, Barney is seen telling his newborn daughter "You are the love of my life. Everything I have and everything I am is yours. Forever."
Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) also had a third child, while the latter became a judge with an eye for the Supreme Court.
A lot of fans were clearly upset by the finale, feeling cheated by the twist at the end -- and there was so much criticism, Radnor himself had to speak up to defend the episode.
Check out some of the negative tweets below, even Zach Braff had an opinion! How did you feel? Let us know in the comments!
That HIMYM ending was the best April Fools joke ever. Real ones on tonight, guys!— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) April 1, 2014
I don't even really like HIMYM that much but that had to be the worst finale ever. NPH was the only redeeming part of it. #HIMYMFinale ugh— Alissa Klein (@aliklein18) April 1, 2014
#himymfinale Considering this season was to let the mother into our lives.. I already loved her... Then they killed her??? FOR ROBIN?? Grrr— Pyssy Gimel Ortizano (@Pyzloverholic13) April 1, 2014
Please tell me that the #HIMYMFinale is an April Fools joke.pic.twitter.com/lwf1dExkEe— Miranda Kerr (@GoingMaryyy) April 1, 2014
Hold on, there were people actually rooting for Ted and Robin to end up together? That's... troubling. #HIMYMFinale— Max Hurwitz (@xhurwitz) April 1, 2014
after 9 years they rip my heart out and practically stomp on it in the last 6 minutes #HIMYMFinale— Emily Zhu (@EmilyZhu05) April 1, 2014
"Kids, this is the story of how I settled for your mother and waited for her to die." #HIMYMFinale— Noelle Downing (@noe90845) April 1, 2014
I wasn't asking for a grand ending, or even a happy one, but that was just poorly written, rushed, and unsatisfying #HIMYMFinale— Hipsterious (@SailOutToMe) April 1, 2014
I think everyone is losing sight of what's really important here: WHAT ABOUT THE PINEAPPLE? #HIMYMFinale— Ali Leskowitz (@aleskowitz) April 1, 2014
Why did I just watch 21 episodes of Barney and Robin's wedding just to have them divorce in the first 10 minutes of the finale? #HIMYMFinale— Teresa Doop (@TeresaDoop) April 1, 2014
Thankfully next week I have Game of Thrones where I don't have to worry about an important character dying. Oh wait. #HIMYMFinale— Shana Bull (Ray) (@sharayray) April 1, 2014