"What?!!! What just happened? This is a joke right? Of course it is. They wouldn't leave the show ending like this. LOL guys!"
2) ANGER (5 minutes after show- the next day)
"WHAT. THE. FUCK. ARE YOU SERIOUS? YOU JUST MADE THIS SHOW POINTLESS! YOU JUST WASTED MY TIME! HOW IS THIS EVEN ABOUT MEETING THE MOTHER WHEN IT'S TOTALLY DISREGARDED AND THROWN AWAY IN ABOUT 2 SECONDS FLAT FUCKERS?!!!!"
3) BARGAINING (20 minutes after show)
"If I could just watch the alternate ending, then maybe I can just pretend I didn't see this. It could all go away..."
"The alternate was perfect but still....I'm just super bummed that my favorite show ended in such a sucker punch/slap in the face kind of way"
"I mean, I guess that's how their stories usually go in the show anyway so it makes sense. And to be honest, that's probably exactly what Ted would do anyway. The ending IS fitting for the show. In that sense, the ending was perfect. But ONLY in that sense."
I mean, there were moments throughout her engagement and wedding to Barney that I thought how she should be marrying Ted. However, I remember their past attempts and their breakups and the fact that she couldn't care less about Ted's dates (meaning no jealousy or anything like she felt when Barney dated.) Hell, Ted almost got married and she was as happy as can be for him. Robin doesn't have feelings for Ted, she loves how he treats her. Since we've already seen how that relationship plays out, I would have preferred to seen and spent more time on Ted's relationship with Mother.
So, yeah. It was disappointing and felt like they pulled the rug from under me. I wouldn't have even minded if they ended on Mother dying. To me, it would have then made the whole tale meaningful and beautiful if they just focused on that at the end. But no. They ultimately put the focus on that Canadian.
Apparently, there will be a for real alternate ending on the DVD. I no longer trust the makers of HIMYM to do the show justice, so I need to see the alt ending before shelling out the casharoni. But if it IS a good alt, I will buy it. Here's my thing: If the finale is bad, I can't own the series. Every episode closer to the end, will remind me of my anger and disappointment. If there's a few dud seasons, I can deal with that cuz it gets back to good at some point. Like The Office... I might skip some of the seasons, but I will own the last and most of the previous seasons. Always end on a good note. This isn't the time to try something radical, you assholes. We made a show a part of our lives and you just fucked with it. Shame on you sirs! SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!