And that, kids, is how I set the internet on fire.
Last night, the long-awaited series finale of “How I Met Your Mother” was met by fans of the nine-year saga with great fanfare and anticipation.
For those not in the know, a brief and spoilery synopsis: The show’s titular and mysterious Mother is revealed to be a) the bass player from Barney and Robin’s wedding band, b) the co-owner of the show’s ubiquitous and indestructible yellow umbrella, and c) dead for six years as of Ted’s 2030 retelling of their “how we met” story.
That last piece of the puzzle, heartbreaking though it was for many, also left Ted free at the end of the series to finally realize his love for Robin — who was divorced from Barney within three years of their ill-conceived nuptials, the better to fulfill her destiny as a freewheeling, internationally-traveling reporter and owner of five dogs.
Barney, in the meantime, fathered a child with the 31st woman he slept with during a month-long sex bender; Lily and Marshall, still happily married, have three kids and a new, bigger place.
And with that, the show ended its nine-year run — and fans immediately turned to twitter to express their excitement, their disappointment, and in many cases, their outrage.
It must be said, first and foremost, that not everyone hated the finale.
That epsiode. Has left me speechless, happy, sad, mad. It captured every element. I can't. Goodbye my love. href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HIMYMFarewell&src=hash">#HIMYMFarewell #HIMYM
— Joshua Navarro-Vu (@JoshuaNavarroVu) April 1, 2014
But most fans were disgruntled, either by the show’s romantic endgame…
The mother made Ted more interesting. Barney and his growth as a character made Robin more interesting. But Ted and Robin? Meh. #HIMYM
— Andrle (@Andrle) April 1, 2014
Or its misleading title…
The actual full title is: How I Met Your Mother is Totally Effing Irrelevant to the Story I'm Telling You Right Now
— Lauren DeStefano (@LaurenDeStefano) April 1, 2014
Or its too-convenient machinations to get Ted and Robin
Bullington (@paulbullington) April 1, 2014
There were tears.
I'm so confused.
I've never experienced so many emotions. Am I crying because I'm happy or sad? What on Earth just happened? #HIMYMFinale
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 1, 2014
And there was anger.
— Kristina (@gone_pecan) April 1, 2014
I just…. Can't. I feel no sense of closure, I feel rage. #HIMYM
— Sam (@Sammii_Tweets) April 1, 2014
Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by THE LAST EPISODE OF HIMYM
— Annelise Dahl (@annelisedahl) April 1, 2014
Sometimes, the anger was mixed with other emotions.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) April 1, 2014
Sometimes, it led to unspeakable acts of violence against
I AM SO ANGRY I JUST WANT TO RIP OPEN A COUCH AND EAT IT #HIMYMFinale
— Katie (@notkatiecole) April 1, 2014
Some fans were ready to take it to the streets.
I have never been more disappointed with any series finale than "How I Met Your Mother." I've also never felt more like rioting. #himym
— Amanda Sabater (@aSabbyCat) April 1, 2014
Others, to simply stop living.
— Vicky (@vivavivevivo) April 1, 2014
But in the end, one intrepid tweeter found a sense of perspective.
that LOST finale is looking pretty good right about now huh #HIMYM
— pilot (@pilotbacon) April 1, 2014
What did you think of the “How I Met Your Mother” finale?