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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: The Complete Series DVD Set Will Have an Alternate Ending

April 4, 2014 by  

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’s series finale caused quite a bit of controversy this week (you can read my thoughts on the ending here), but it seems if you were unhappy with arguably depressing end, the complete series set may have a quasi-solution for you: an alternate ending will be included.

According to Deadline (who first broke the news), no new footage will be used, but the alternate finish is happier. (Which raises the possibility of Tracy still being alive in the “new” ending.)

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER co-creator Carter Bays confirmed the news on Twitter, in a series of messages: “16 days ago today we were in the HIMYM edit room, trying to decide between two very different endings. We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series. We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too. We’re going to include that version on the Complete Series DVD as an alternate finale to How I Met Your Mother.”

(I reached out to 20th Century Fox, the studio behind HIMYM, to see if the ending will also be available on the season 9 DVD set, and they had no comment. As of now, Amazon has a listing/price for the HIMYM complete series set, but no release date.)

I’m curious: if the new ending does leave Ted happy with Tracy, will that drastically change your opinion about the ending? In the days since the finale, as much as Tracy dying is wildly depressing, what’s stuck out to me the most as bothersome was that the show hyped up Barney and Robin’s wedding for three years — and spent the entire final season centered around their wedding weekend  — and then dissolved the marriage in minutes. As much as I’d absolutely prefer Tracy to be alive and with Ted, I think the format of the final few years will still bother me since they erased it so easily.

Thoughts?

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    I really hope the alternate ending has Tracy and Ted happily ever after. And hopefully Robin and Barney too. Like you said, they hyped that union for YEARS and then dissolved it in seconds just out of nowhere. It wasn’t organic. It felt like they were just set on the ending they’d always planned on and were doing that ending, regardless of the other changes they needed to make and whether those changes made sense.

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