Monday, March 24, 2014

HIMYM: The Mother

I've forgotten what TV was like before "How I Met Your Mother."

OK, not really. Because before Ted, Robin, Barney, Marshall and Lilly, I had "Friends."

But anyway, with just one episode left, I'm geeking out hard over the show—especially the whole mother dying scenario. On our way back from "Divergent" this weekend, Annie and I got into a debate about what we love/hate about the Mother. I'm squarely in the "love" camp.

I get why people hate her—kind of. She's almost too perfect, as Annie put it. She's the girl next door, aw shucks kind of gal that Ted's always dreamed of. It's really actually a little annoying, how neatly the writers have wrapped up this nine-year search.

But ... on the flip side, it's been nine years. We got to know Ted. We love him and we hate him. We've seen him fall in love, steal blue French horns and ride off into the sunset with another man's bride. So isn't it his turn? This is a character who tirelessly followed his heart, and over the course of nine years we each formed an opinion, little by little, on what his wife would be like. We picked up pieces over the seasons, almost subliminal hints on who she was and why she was right for Ted. So of course she's perfect—she's nine years in the making for all of us. I don't think it could have ended any other way.

I'm hoping the finale will be legen — wait for it — dary. Legendary. (I had to).

But I'd settle for just OK. Because I love the Mother and no matter what happens (short of her dying), I know all will be well in TV land once they take their final bow.

P.S. My prediction for the finale is that the mother does not die and in fact is not even sick. I'm with team Lilly on this one—I think she's the one who's sick, but she recovers, and all is well in the world of Marshmallow and Lilly Pad. Let's see how wrong I am.

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