A guess at the ending scenes of How I Met Your Mother:
INT. LIVING ROOM – EVENING
(NARRATOR, DAUGHTER, SON)
And that’s how I met your mother, kids. I’d like to think that, if she were here today, she’d tell the same stories to let you know we were once young and carefree before she got sick. I don’t want you only having memories of hospital visits, her lying in a bed and me pacing. I want you to know that we used to dance, argue, hang out with friends, and worry about silly things. I want you to know that there was more to our lives than the past few years of money troubles and treatments and visiting endless specialists.
SERIES OF PHOTOS OF TED GETTING MARRIED, ON A HONEYMOON, HOLDING A BABY. THE PHOTOS FADE AS THEY BRING US CLOSER TO THE PRESENT.
There was adventure and hope in finding the woman of my dreams, and even though a good chunk of our time together was spent watching her slowly slip away from me, it was all worth it.
INT. BAR – NIGHT
(OLDER TED, BARNEY, LILY, MARSHALL, ROBIN, NARRATOR)
THEY SIT SILENTLY STARING AT THEIR DRINKS. MARSHALL GIVES TED A HUG.
You see, kids, I don’t want you going through life being scared of love or being fearful that the one thing you love the most is going to slip away from you. That’s not the whole story. That’s only part of it. That’s the story of how we lost your mother.
WE EXIT THE BAR WITH TED TO FIND IT’S STORMY OUTSIDE. HE OPENS HIS YELLOW UMBRELLA AND THE WIND TAKES IT AWAY. WE FOLLOW THE UMBRELLA AS IT FLIES.
The story of how I met your mother, well, you know how long it is. And her story continues, through you both.
INT. LIVING ROOM
AUNT LILY WALKS IN AND HANDS THE MISSING UMBRELLA TO THE DAUGHTER. SHE BEGRUDGINGLY TAKES IT. WE FOLLOW HER TO HER ROOM WHERE SHE LEANS THE UMBRELLA AGAINST A WALL. THERE IT STAYS NEGLECTED.
But the thing I really hope that you take away from this is that it was a series of events, good as well as bad, that led me to exactly where I needed to be. Looking back, it all makes sense now. It just didn’t make sense then.
FINALLY, WE SEE THE DAUGHTER GRAB THE UMBRELLA AS AN AFTERTHOUGHT. SHE OPENS IT AS SHE STEPS OUTSIDE. WE FOLLOW HER TO A STOPLIGHT. A HANDSOME BOY, HER SAME AGE, POINTS TO THE UMBRELLA AND STRIKES UP A CONVERSATION. WE SEE HER SMILE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
I know that, for both of you and myself included, nothing has made much sense. But maybe we’ll look back on this and it will, a very long time from now.
OK, so this is my fan fic ending to the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Does it work? I have no idea, I was recently introduced to the show, and I’m only halfway through the fourth season. So, I’m not currently up-to-date with what’s going on. This fan fic was borne out of my wonderings of why the mother isn’t there telling the story along with Ted, how absent she is, and what the lesson of the story would be if she was no longer with them.
Since the series does have a heavy theme of fate and how things happen for a reason (there’s a lesson learned every episode), this could easily lead the show to a somber ending where Ted is trying to make sense of tragic events for the kids. This event could possibly be a death (not necessarily the mother), and though it doesn’t make sense to them now, the lesson could be that, as time progresses, they’ll realize that certain events happen for a reason. Even if those events are horrible.
Of course, I hope that this isn’t the real ending. That would be kind of a bummer, huh?
Also, in my first draft, I ended it with “I hope this also explains why your Aunt Robin is moving in with us. There’s a lot of history there, kids.”
That would probably be even worse. I probably shouldn’t write sitcoms.