I don’t do reviews or recaps or anything, but I do like to use this space to talk about How I Met Your Mother occasionally. I just caught up with Monday’s episode, so this is all coming very late for me. But, a very large part of this fandom has always been trading theories about The Mother and her relationship with Ted, so I definitely feel compelled to be a part of the conversation.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been secretly hoping, morbidly, that The Mother will turn out to be dead. I think I wrote something to that degree last season. I love a story that breaks my heart, and I have always hoped that the HIMYM writers would be bold enough to do so. I argued in another post that the mother being dead would cast the entirety of the series in a devastating new light. I appreciated then (and I still do) that it would be a huge risk on the part of a major network sitcom, but I’ve always thought that the payoff would be worth it. A lot of fans debunked the theory because “why would Ted be telling these stories to his children about their dead mother when she’s not even introduced until the last season?” Additionally, I thought the idea of the mother being dead felt too dark for a show that’s relatively light and fun (for the most part). But, HIMYM is frequently painfully true to life. In real life, many people don’t get a happily ever after. The idea that Ted is attempting to commemorate and remember his dead wife without making her a central player in the story IS in fact an absurd idea- but Monday’s episode showed us that he’s not doing that at all.
We see the mother tell Ted that she doesn’t want him to be the kind of person who lives in his stories. Ted tells her that sometimes when things are difficult to deal with you just have to leave it unspoken, and find other things to preoccupy you. THAT is what Ted has been doing for nine seasons. He’s not telling these stories in remembrance, but rather as a way of coping (or not coping) with the death of his wife. I think this latest installment does a really wonderful job of illustrating that. It also lends new meaning to a lot of the stories and episodes that could’ve otherwise been classified as filler. When you’re trying to distract yourself, even the most insignificant stories become a welcome distraction. For Ted that’s pretty true to character. He’s a romantic if nothing else, so of course he’d choose to focus on every other moment but the one where he loses his happy ending. I’m hopeful that (based on what we’ve seen tonight, as well as the gut wrenching monologue Ted delivered in “Time Travelers”) the writers will continue to break my heart with these last few episodes.
Who wants to be an Academy that is WRONG?
I CANT BELIEVE THIS AMERICAN HUSTLE DIDNT WIN A SINGLE AWARD I FEEL LIKE WE JUST VANQUISHED A DEMON
Mediocrity did not win this night, and I’m at peace with that.
for the first time in years
wig wars! who wore it best??
Steven McQueen being a perfect human
when yoncé turns into partition
Like everyone has been so focused on Lupita this award season but chiwetel literally has been shafted all season long.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO LOST TO A MAN WHO LOOK LIKE ORANGE LEATHER THIS PLACE BOUT TO GO BUCKWILD