Here’s how ‘How I Met Your Mother’ should have ended

No twists, no gimmicks—just what people wanted.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Apr 2, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 1:16 pm CDT

To say that many How I Met Your Mother fans were pissed after the series finale aired Monday night is a bit of an understatement, but thanks to some clever editing, they can finally have the ending they’ve always wanted.

Ricardo J Dylan was one of those fans, who, as a longtime HIMYM viewer, loved what creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas gave to him in that final episode—up until the final two minutes. He felt that it was a finale that only a few people, including the creators, seemed to be happy with, and thought it managed to dismantle “years of character development and history.” He aimed to do better.

By simply rearranging and omitting certain footage from the final minutes, it turns from a story about life happening (but not always how you plan it) with the romantic pairing that almost nobody wanted to something a little more fairy tale-esque. It’s hopeful, it’s completely feel-good, and if you hated the finale, it might almost make up for it.

Sure, it’s not how it really ended, but it does exactly what the show’s title promised without any pulling any rugs out from under fans’ feet.

Photo via Ricardo J Dylan/YouTube

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*First Published: Apr 2, 2014, 10:01 am CDT