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A Depressing Theory For The Whole Series Of How I Met You Mother Presented

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10/18/2013 9:43 am
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A Depressing Theory For The Whole Series Of How I Met You Mother Presented
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Susan Booth

Staff Writer

E! Online Spoiler Chat Queen Kristin Dos Santos said upon releasing her theories about the possible ending in the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, that the theories could easily be debunked. In the LEGEN-wait for it-DARY words of Barney Stinson, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!!!

Before I go into the details behind the theory in question, I MUST state for the record that this piece I am writing is an opinion piece in response to the theory that E! felt the need to cover. There are NO SPOILERS in this article about the How I Met Your Mother finale, this is just an opinion about the theory of a possible death in the series. Let’s get this show on the road!

The theory in question is supposed to be based off of clues and hints that can be found if you read between the lines of each and every single episode of the series, which could spoil some things for the fans. So if you're scared of that happening, now would be a great time to close your browser.

E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos has said that she “didn’t know why this theory popped into our heads, though a quick Alta Vista search tells us that this theory has been floating around for awhile.” While I admit that this COULD be possible, I don’t think it’s likely. Now, the E! staff took the time to watch a particular episode in season eight, which is entitled "Time Travelers". The staff at E! Online became worried after they thought about this theory of theirs given the underlying hints that suggest, not to mention imply, that it’s true.

The theory is that the mother we’ve all been lying in wait to finally meet is actually dead, and this is why Ted (played by Josh Radnor) is telling his children this long story about how he met their mother. It’s suggested that the mother either died recently or Ted is reminiscing with his kids, or perhaps she died before the kids were old enough to remember their mom and he’s regaling them with stories about the mother they never got the chance to know.

While E! Online is sure that there are many little things that negate what they think, they think that it’s possible that their findings could prove to be correct and have the mother’s possible death be a big reveal at the end of the series.

So you HIMYM fans don’t fret or panic just yet, I plan to disprove this theory. I know that Ms. Dos Santos and staff have taken their findings with a grain of salt, but I would like to ease your minds.

Exhibit A From E!:

The creators of the series. They have mentioned repeatedly that the ending for HIMYM has already been decided and that they never changed their minds about the ending. However, even with the mother possibly dead, other plotlines would be allowed to change, and while we could see Ted meet her, date her, marry her etc, the end would stay the same.

Exhibit A From PopWrapped:

The title of the series is a pretty good indicator that the mother, although rarely seen or heard until now is not dead. Comedy series rarely ever kill off someone important unless there’s a good reason to. Short of the actress who plays the mother dropping dead, I don’t see why or how the mother herself would be dead.

When E! Online spoke with Carter Bays during season eight, before the season finale, they reported that, “The initial game plan has been altered and can continue to be altered, but certain things have never veered course, like the ending.”

Bays said, "There's certain things as you create a show that over the years your expectations of what the show is going to be change and you write it differently and you change your game plan, and we've done that with a lot of things on the show but there are certain core fundamental things that we don't want to veer away from, and one of those is how the series ends. And with that in mind, this decision was made years ago and I don't think we've ever even shaken from how we want to end it. I think it'll be a fantastic series finale. The series finale is kind of why we've done the show all along and whenever we do get to do that finale, we're very excited about it because I think it's going to be really heartbreaking, and sweet and wonderful."

Exhibit B From E!:

E! Online thinks that the the speech Ted gives to his future wife in the episode “Time Travelers” can been seen as telling, because he wants those extra 45 days with his wife.

Exhibit B From PopWrapped:

Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe he just wanted some extra time with his woman? The speech doesn’t sound like a past promise, if anything it’s a statement of abiding love. Even though the speech can be taken in many different ways and heard differently, why would you choose to go with the darkest future imaginable for Ted and his family?

E! Online also mentioned the possibility of Ted being the one who’s dead, but that is even MORE unlikely than the mother’s passing. In almost all of the episodes Ted is telling the story to the kids on the couch. It would be incongruent for Ted to be dead while narrating the story. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for a dead man to narrate an entire series.

Exhibit C From E!:

Where is she? We have seen every episode of HIMYM, and it's possible that we're wrong and missed something, but we don't believe the mother has ever been referred to in the present tense in the flashforwards when Ted is talking to the kids. Not even a simple: "I better hurry this story up because your mother will be home soon." Sure, the show is called How I Met Your Mother, so the focus is always on the flashbacks and Ted's life before meeting her. But still, where is she in the present day that she never interrupts the story or is never referred to as in the next room or something?

Exhibit C From PopWrapped:

E! Online is trying to suggest a real timeline to a fictional situation. There is no telling how long it actually takes to tell this story, because I am pretty sure that you can’t get your kids to sit around on the couch for 9 years while you tell the longest story ever heard. Why would you refer to someone in the present tense during a story about the past? The mother is most likely in her late 20’s to early 30’s upon meeting Ted, which means if she’s dead by the time it’s 2038 (when you see the flash forward with the kids), not only did she die young, but the kids are pretty damn calm about the loss of their mother.

There are many reason why both theories could prove to be right or wrong, but there’s no telling how it will end until it actually ends. Bearing both theories in mind, feel free to tell us what you think!


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