A/N: I'm terribly disappointed that I even have to write this authors note. I will be talking about the finale in the next few paragraphs, because I need to address it. And for those of you that read two lines, this is the same message, but I felt the need to repeat it on here. For those of you that have not seen the finale yet or do not wish to see my opinion, please don't read any further than the end of this paragraph. But I wanted to let you all know that I will be continuing with all of my stories especially this one (because I need my happy ending), and even a few more that I have ideas for that haven't been started. I need them to move on as much as you do. Also, I'm sorry I've been absent lately. I am still working through things with my house.
As for the finale- (spoilers ahead)- I don't know what possessed them to write the finale in that direction. It's almost been 24 hours now, and I still can't process it. I didn't sleep last night, and I really haven't eaten much today because I am that upset. I know I shouldn't let it get to me that way, but it does. Frankly, I'm not sure what disappointed me the most: the divorce, the death of the mother, or the fact that Ted and Robin were the plan all along. I think I could have even dealt with the divorce if it wasn't for the ending, because I still feel that Barney and Robin are perfect for each other. But the way they went about writing it to make it all work was what was worst for me. Everything they have said in the past six seasons contradicts with everything they did last night. Everything. There is no way that they Barney they've developed would have gone back to the endless parade of women like that. And there is no way that they wouldn't have enjoyed traveling together. And the way Ted said Robin was never alone at the end of symphony of illumination- she most certainly was. She seemed like she never even saw the group after 2016. Penny didn't even know who she was. And Ted would have never waited that long to get married. The Ted we've been watching for the past 9 years would have never done things out of order like that. Marriage was the first thing on his agenda. It would have been more realistic if they had eloped when she found out she was pregnant.
So for me, I think I could have dealt with the story lines, had they not developed the series as is. Had they had this ending in 2009, I think it would have worked well. But they changed their vision too damn much to write the ending the same way. And it depresses me that they think it worked and that we would all like it. I would have much rather ended last season, then devote an entire season to showing that Barney and Robin are meant to get married, and that Ted and the mother (excuse me, Tracy. That's going to take some getting used to) are perfect for each other, when they didn't mean for things to end up that way. It makes me sad that I wish that Barney had married Quinn instead. But regardless, I am refusing to believe that that ending was anything other than a crackfic, because the two contradict each other so much. I am going to be writing most of my stories now as if most of the finale didn't even happen, because it is the only way I can make some of my stories work. Besides, as Marshall said, it doesn't really matter all that much about last words.