How I Met Your Mother: Reasons The Show Was Right To Break Up Barney And Robin

The later seasons of How I Met Your Mother made it seem like Barney and Robin were going to end up together, but it did not work out for them.

The last season of the show took place over the days leading up to their wedding, and viewers were outraged when the series finale revealed that Barney and Robin got divorced. Despite the poor execution, How I Met Your Mother was ultimately correct for breaking up the fan-favorite relationship. Barney and Robin never would have worked in the long-run, and keeping them together would have negatively impacted the story that was being told.

Barney’s Proposal Was Emotional Manipulation

Although this proposal is widely loved by fans but When he tried to kiss her just a few weeks before, Robin shot him down. Afterward, he played with her feelings, spied on her, and pretended to date the person she hated most in the world.

In a way, it feels as though Robin may not have even said yes to Barney if he hadn’t left her so confused. He created a situation that was specifically designed to torture her, and she was left emotionally wrecked from all of his mind games.

Robin Kept Questioning Her Decision To Marry Barney

When someone’s really in love, they shouldn’t be as unsure about their decision as Robin was. It could be blamed on her fear of commitment, but Robin didn’t seem to be questioning her decision to get married, as much as her decision to marry Barney, specifically.

Barney Lied About The Playbook

A large part of Barney’s proposal to Robin included burning the Playbook. The Playbook was written by Barney and consisted of hundreds of different schemes to trick women into sleeping with him.

Getting rid of it would have shown incredible character development and was probably one of the reasons that Robin accepted his proposal. But, as it turns out, Barney lied to her about burning his life’s work, and instead burned a fake one to deceive her.


Robin And Ted Made More Sense

 After their relationship ended, the two became best friends and lived together for years. They were each other’s person, and while Ted had several flaws, Robin had just as many. Many argue that Ted going back to Robin was character regression, when in fact, it’s the complete opposite.

Ted spent his entire life searching for the perfect woman who would check off all his boxes. But he came to the realization that there is no perfect person, and that people can have more than one great love in their lifetime. Ted’s famous line, “I don’t want perfect. I want Robin,” was a sign of his growth.


They Fought Constantly

Robin and Barney’s communication problems were something they should have gone to counseling to work out.Whenever a fight would start, they’d have sex to avoid the confrontation.

They kept this up for the majority of their relationship until they were stuck on a ski left and sex wasn’t an option. Barney and Robin were forced to finally have an argument and things got hostile.


Only Barney’s Daughter Could Change Him

Barney’s daughter is what made him realize the error of his ways. Barney doesn’t want anyone to take advantage of Ellie, and he shouldn’t be taking advantage of women either. Barney was saved by becoming a parent, which is a much more powerful and realistic story than being saved by romance.

The Truth Behind Ted’s Story Came To Light

The series finale of How I Met Your Mother was controversial because many viewers felt deceived. The audience believed that the show would end with Ted and the mother happily married, but that was merely an assumption. The story Ted told his kids came to an end, and at that end, Tracy was the last woman he had been with.

But anything that happened in the present wasn’t a part of that story. No one ever said the show would end the moment Ted’s tale wrapped up. After Robin  divorced Barney and Ted’s wife died, was a shocking, yet truthful ending.

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