'How I Met Your Mother': Going through the 5 stages of grief in 'Vesuvius'
Spoilers, unless you've been on a "HIMYM" message board in the past several months.
"Vesuvius" very, very strongly suggested that the reason Ted is telling all these stories about the years leading up to his meeting the Mother is because she's dead. The final scene, with Bob Dylan's "If You See Her, Say Hello" and Ted choking up after his wife says, "What mother wouldn't be there for her daughter's wedding?," all point to confirmation of that theory.
The show could be pulling one last twist, but it sure doesn't feel that way. It feels like a lot of other things, though, so let's Kubler-Ross this thing.
No. Come on. Eight seasons till we see the Mother, and they're going to tell that by 2030 she's dead? Nein. Nyet. There's no way creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas would end on such a down note, when almost everything the Mother has done in the brief time we've had to know her has been great.
Seriously?! This is how you want to reward your audience for nine years of loyalty, for sticking with you through these bumpy past couple of seasons? Guys -- it's a COMEDY. You've got some nerve. And right after you set us up with that emotional high of seeing Tracey Ullman* as Robin's mom? Low. Blow.
(*Once again, "HIMYM" managed to pull off a nifty bit of stealth casting there.)
Although, you know, they never came right out and said anything. Maybe Ted choked up because the Mother's mother couldn't be at her wedding. Maybe her line about not getting caught up in the past was a way to signal that something, in fact, is wrong with Ted, and his kids are reacting to stories he recorded. That wouldn't be much better, but maybe it's something?
Jeez, this sucks. I mean, what have I been doing with my Monday nights for the last nine years? Someone give me a warm blanket and the cast recording of "Once," quick.
So this is really how it's going to be, then. At least, if it turns out to be true, they're not springing it on us in the last scene of the whole series or something like that. Perhaps -- although I'm rather nervous about the title of next week's episode, "Daisy" -- getting this revelation out there before the finale will let us focus on the good times to come for Ted and the Mother. Let's hope so, anyway.
What did you think of "How I Met Your Mother" this week?