The Cut Ted & Robin Scene From The HIMYM Finale Would Have Saved The Hated Ending

The HIMYM finale was ambitious and divisive, but a deleted scene between Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) could have saved the dreaded conclusion. Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’ epic love storey came to an end after nine years of buildup, with some major decisions that some felt undermined the sitcom’s entire premise. On DVD, HIMYM received a happier, albeit safe, alternate ending, but this cut scene would have softened the main criticism of the finale.

“Last Forever,” the two-part HIMYM finale, saw the group drift apart over the years, bridging the timeline up to Ted telling his children the storey in 2030. Tracy (Cristin Milioti), Ted’s mother, died in 2024 from an undisclosed illness, with the true purpose of Ted’s storey revealed as a way for him to learn if it’s okay to finally move on. Ted’s children quickly persuade him to reconcile with Robin, and the series concludes in the same manner as HIMYM’s perfect pilot.

Many people despised Ted and Robin’s last-minute reunion, which they saw as rushed and insensitive to the mother. A deleted scene in which the two meet for lunch to discuss their lives would have saved HIMYM’s ending by demonstrating Ted’s lack of desire for her. Ted is clearly set up for the final scene when Robin confesses to him that she still has feelings for him, But their exchange simultaneously reinforces Ted’s love for Tracy and how he was truly happy.

Ted was supposed to meet Robin for lunch the following day after seeing her while out with his daughter. At the time, Ted didn’t love Robin. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have feelings for each other. “How did we end up here?” Ted wonders as he reminisces about the old days. If they were single at the age of 40.

“I don’t feel crazy anymore now that I know you feel the same way,” she admits. The awkward exchange draws attention to Robin’s flaws while also being realistic and moving. Her feelings for Ted had been teased earlier. When she was unable to witness his happiness with Tracy at the rooftop Halloween party. This confession to Ted, on the other hand, would have provided a more gradual build up to the final reveal. And would have significantly improved Ted’s characterization.

Ted politely rejects her remarks, stating, “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking ‘what if?'” That, I suppose, is happiness.” It’s a wonderful moment of clarity, and it’s completely genuine. Ted has finally learned to live in the moment and is exactly where he wants to be.

This deleted scene would have helped to demonstrate that Ted had truly moved on from Robin. With an intriguing reversal of past events as he shuts down any hint of lingering romance. He double-checks Robin’s safety, to which she responds, “No major issues.”  Just as Ted is about to leave. He comes to a halt and they exchange a delayed salute, resuming their old routine.

At the time, Ted didn’t love Robin. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have a relationship foreshadowing the conclusion of HIMYM once more. Ted was undeniably content. And having him confirm this to the person who had the greatest influence on his previous relationships. Would have been a powerful demonstration of maturity.

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