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This Scene Ruined How I Met Your Mother According To Fans

For almost a decade, "How I Met Your Mother" dominated television with one single, burning question. Who is the fateful woman meant to marry Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor)? The series keeps the identity of this bride-to-be a closely guarded secret, and it takes eight seasons of sitcom shenanigans to finally reveal her face. After that, the series' ninth and final season takes fans on a victory lap leading up to the moment when Ted introduces himself to the future mother of his kids — the very same kids that Ted has been telling this story to for nine whole years in real time.

However, after traveling this long and arduous path with the same group of friends just to discover the answer to who the mother is, the show's creators ruined "How I Met Your Mother" for many fans. Believe it or not, all it took was a single scene to rob people of their enchantment for the franchise. According to fans, this scene happens in Season 9, Episode 24, the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother."

How did one scene in the comedy series' finale ruin it all?

After the entire final season of "How I Met Your Mother" is dedicated to archiving the gang's trials and tribulations in the few days leading up to the wedding between main characters Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), it's then revealed that the aforementioned couple gets divorced after only three years. Needless to say, this revelation hit fans like a sucker punch to the nose when it first aired.

Even now, around seven years later, fans are still keen on sharing their dismay at this turn of events, and they did so recently in a Reddit thread discussing scenes that ruined various franchises. One Redditor, u/herman-the-vermin, wrote that "After growing both characters so much and proving for 2 seasons they were meant for each other and suddenly they gotta divorce? This is why you either stick with your original show plan or have room for changing the story. They only were stuck to their original end because of stubbornness, nothing more."

This frustration is further compounded when the series' final sequence reveals another ill-received truth. After five years of marriage, it's revealed that Ted's future wife is doomed to die, and that he delivers this nine-season spiel to his kids as a way of asking permission to ask Robin out again. The anger over the show's ending is summarized simply by u/thislittledwight, who said that "Honestly that last episode was such a mess. Why did the mom have to die? It didn't make any sense for Robin and Ted to be together." If only "How I Met Your Mother" ended one episode earlier.