It was predictable, it was sweet and it was a little bit nostalgic. It wasn't perfect, but for the Wedding (capital w) that we've been building to all season, it both fit and was rather anticlimactic - and I've always appreciated how true-to-life HIMYM manages to feel. Weddings are big events, but they've been so thought about that they're a no-brainer, regardless of what last-minute doubts we have. From having Barney give Robin the locket to having Robin finally think maybe she and Ted were supposed to be together to having Ted reject that showed how far they've come, especially Ted. He's ready. The one thing that really disappointed me was that I thought for sure the "first glance" would happen tonight. Finale better wow my socks across the city.
He showed up for the wedding weekend in Farhampton keeping this secret about moving away to Chicago right after the ceremony because he couldn't stick around and pretend to be happy like nothing had changed; he obviously was still keeping the locket in reserve like some kind of lifeline to Robin (even after the balloon scene) and NOW he has this sudden clarity that he doesn't want her that way when she starts to open to the idea of picking him after all instead of Barney! I realize this was just the writers messing with the fans' collective heads, but, within the show and character continuity, it was just stupid and crudely portrayed. After nine years off and on of pining for Robin and re-charting his life's path because of her he just instantly declares he's not that guy anymore. So, who is he now - Bob Saget?
As for Barney and Robin, after all this, I just don't see how two such people can ever function as a couple in the long term. They could have just been in some type of friends-with-benefits affair for as long as they wanted. With no kids in their future as we already know and they both agree, why on earth have the whole marriage thing? It seems like the writer just needed the wedding as a plot element and those characters simply got drafted into it.
Overall I found this episode good. What I did not like was Ted saying he didn't love Robin anymore, when only a few episodes ago he explained how much he loved her. But I guess he has come to realise that she was not the one. I liked the brief meeting with the mother it was cute and realistic, given that the mother did not know Robin so she could not give her much advice. I loved the final slap bet and the locket. I feel both sad for Ted because he had to give up what he thought was the love of his life but I know he meets the mother soon so it's going to be all right. Ted's speech was great as well. I just think that the way the episode ended is not very promising for Barney and Robin. It was legendary. Well, after Robin saying that this word means not real I am still not sure about their future. But we will see soon! Can't wait for Ted to meet the mother!!
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