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Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother, Lily, Marshall, Robin Scherbatsky, Series Finale, Ted Mosby, The Mother, Tracy McConnell -

You know what life isn’t?Television. Perhaps I should have planned for this article somewhat later, after I had time to digest the passing of a wonderful nine-year series. But in my first reflections, both nostalgic and happy and melancholic and puzzled, I can argue to the best of my ability one thing for certain: season nine, implicitly, prepared us for the series finale. Because season nine prepared us for the moment. And to live in the moment. And not to follow Ted and his tragic-hero mantra of what-if’s. Because if Ted had spent the season asking, what-if? If the wedding...

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Barney Stinson, HIMYM, How I Met Your Mother, Robin Scherbatsky, Series Finale, Ted Mosby, The Locket, The Mother -

Robin lives through her long-time-coming wedding freak-out, Ted delivers the locket (but not in the way you think), Lily and Marshall renew their vows (for now), and Barney and Robin get married. It’s the second to last episode of How I Met Your Mother.  Admittedly, I didn’t think Ted went back into the water to fetch the locket in Central Park, but I was naïve enough to think Robin would believe that Barney found the locket and that would be that. Not a chance, not on THIS second to last episode before the whole series finale. After Robin gets the...

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Gary Blauman, HIMYM, How I Met Your Mother, Ted, The Mother, The Wedding -

This episode takes place three days following Robin and Barney Stinsons’ wedding (no word yet on if Robin takes his name or not), and Ted has asked the Mother out on their first first date. Yes, first first date. It’s still adorably awkward. I realize now that anyone but his future bride would have turned tail the second the words “Let me tell you the tale…” left his mouth. We have nine seasons’ proof.  This story, in succeeding most other stories (to leave room for the series finale’s big wedding ceremony), focuses on maybe-good-guy Gary Blauman. Gary Blauman. The man...

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Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother, Lily Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky, suits, Ted Mosby, The Wedding -

Ted and the Mother might come to know each other’s stories, but—even if he shouldn’t live in those alone—the best stories can be told and heard again and again. Just like How I Met Your Mother reruns come the end of March. I’m a mess.  Robin’s both too cool for school and too cool for Lily on the morning of her wedding day and, despite Marshall’s half-hazard help, can’t wait for Robin to have her wedding “moment;” be it a hair raising (shaving) freak-out, or sentimental break down. Determined to coax the stereotype out of our heroine, Lily bombards Robin...

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Barney Stinson, HIMYM, How I Met Your Mother, Lily Eriksen, locket, Marshall Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky, Ted Mosby, The Wedding -

80’s montages kill me. After the drunken night following the last episode, Barney finds his way down the highway, accosts two losers—I mean, young men—and finds a strip club sooner than it takes Ted and Robin to find him again. He takes them on one last go-round the night before his wedding, ensuring protégé might exist in his place.But I wanted to be that bro in training. Also, it says so much when you realize he passed on the Playbook in sticky-note form. He had it memorized—although, perhaps, that in and of itself isn’t such a surprise. The most important...

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