how i met your mother final season

Reasons why Barney and Robin’s character development matters. 

 Season 5 vs. Season 8-9!

S5: Getting Together

Barney and Robin get together at the end of season 4 after a whole year of fighting their feelings for each other. I am counting Robin’s side of feelings towards Barney in this because it matters to show that she DID have feelings for Barney too during the season 4 timeline/season. So, Robin matters here because the show brushed off her feelings and thoughts so they can make that awful twist in the finale happen, so she matters in this as well. She did have feelings for Barney during season 4, it’s important for her character development later on that this relationship is the one she chose, meaning she chose Barney. She chose to love him, she chose to be his partner, she chose to put aside her own self interests ie her job and really look at her life and what she wanted out of it. She started to put her relationship and feelings for Barney ahead of everything and anyone else starting in season 5 which is when her character development started. So, Barney and Robin figure things out after a year of having feelings for each other so BOTH did have feelings during this time it was NOT one sided. They, had a secret summer together where they were seeing each other, they were in an relationship throughout the summer and went 6 months before breaking up, I’m counting 7 months tho because April counts and October counts so they dated 7 months if you want to count these two months as 1 since they got together around mid/late April and broke up in October around the second week. They, had fun together, had a lot of sex and enjoyed being together and neither one was sleeping with anyone else, they were only seeing each other during that summer so that is very important because if they weren’t serious about each other at that time they would be fine with the other seeing other people, in the flashback in season 7 it showed Robin being mad about Barney bringing up girls while he was talking to Marshall and Ted so she seemed jealous or maybe possessive, it also shows that she was taking their relationship seriously. They could have seen each other people during this time but they weren’t, they only saw each other, they were in an relationship despite not defining it they knew they were in an relationship and were falling in love. They, were committed to each other before anyone found out they were together so they defined their own relationship by themselves without anyone’s help during this time they just didn’t define it openly, but they were indeed boyfriend and girlfriend and were acting like they were during that summer, they were no doubt dating in this summer.

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Supergirl Casts This Is Us Actress as Woman With Curious Reign Connection
By Andy Swift

Kara may have gotten her Buns of Steel handed to her by Reign during Supergirl‘s fall finale, but a new development in 2018 could turn her luck around.

Krys Marshall (This Is Us) will recur in the second half of the CW drama’s third season, TVLine has learned exclusively, playing Julia Freeman, a 20-something musician living near National City who holds clues to Reign’s true identity.

In addition to appearing on This Is Us, Marshall’s small-screen credits include roles on One Day at a Time, NCIS and How I Met Your Mother.

It’s not yet clear how Julia will play into the fight against Reign, but as (former) executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently told TVLine, “Supergirl is about to face her greatest nemesis in the three years that we’ve been doing the show … so it’s going to take all the allies that she can muster to take Reign down.”

Supergirl returns Monday, Jan. 15 (8/7c) with a run of new episodes, before handing its time slot over to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Monday, Feb. 12. Supergirl will then return on Monday, April 16 until its season finale on Monday, June 18.


The Hamilton cast existed *gasp* BEFORE Hamilton and they all were in great musicals/projects and I recommend you listen/watch them ALL. Specifically…
-Renée as Mimi in Rent (there’s a version of the professionally recorded production on YouTube)
-Anthony and Lin in 21 Chump Street (Full Recorded Version on Vimeo, opening on YouTube)
-Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Pippa’s professional debut she sounds like a goddess 10/10)
-Spring Awakening (SMOL GROFF I CANT)
-Daveed’s music (he has an album called Small Things to a Giant and is part of the group clippng)
-Frozen (We all know Groff was in that and DESERVED MORE SONGS THANK YOU VERY MUCH)
-Smash (Leslie was in it and I believe Pippa had a small part, (haven’t actually watched Smash yet but WORKING ON IT OKAY))
-Venice (Leslie was in this at The Public a few months before Hamilton made its debut, and there’s a cast recording out there)
-Newsies (Thayne and Ephraim were both OBC members)
-tick, tick… BOOM! (Lin and Leslie with Karen Olivo from ITH, Jonathan Larson’s other less known musical. Some footage from this, no recordings. Great pics of Lin with his A. Ham hair but not the facial hair)
-House (Lin was in a few episodes season 6)
-The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Lin had a small part in this movie and it’s a great movie so watch it anyways)
-Freestyle Love Supreme (Chris and Lin are in this, it’s a TV show about the improv rap group they’re in)
-Modern Family (Lin was in an episode called Good Cop, Bad Dog)
-How I Met Your Mother (Lin was in an episode of the final season)
-The Electric Company (Lin was in a few episodes rapping about grammar in 2008 or 2009)
-Sesame Street (Lin was in an episode around 2010 and he was a rapping real estate agent for birds… Just look it up)
-Supernatural (Leslie was in an episode one time)
-Glee (Groffsauce was in it)
-The Book Of Mormon (Andrew Rannells, former King George and Rory O'Malley, current King George, both got Tony nominations for originating roles in this show)
-The Good Wife (Rènee was in it)
-The Lion King (Rènee played Nala)
-Matilda (Thayne and Betsey were OBC in the ensemble)
-Person of Interest (Leslie had a recurring role season 3)
-Gotham (Leslie was on episode 9)
-Law and Order (most of the cast has had appearances from time to time)
-The Color Purple (Rènee was Nettie in the OBC)
-One Life to Live (Rènee was on it)
-Star Trek (also Rènee)
-All About You (Rènee played Nicole, as well as co wrote and performed in the soundtrack)
-Pistol (Rènee played Drea)

If anyone has anything else to add PLEASE DO because these actors did plenty of great, super amazing things pre-Hamilton and I think we should all talk about it more. I’ll add onto this as people remind me of all the AMAZING projects the cast has worked on!

“I’m watching the season finale of a show I started today” a novel by me

Top 5 Shipping Moments of 2013

2013 was apparently the year of TV weddings, because it dropped everything on our heads from weddings of long-time ships to a certain wedding involving regards being sent and maybe some Lannisters being involved. But we’re here for shipping, so lets dive right in. 


Fry and Leela, after having spent 14 years being ship teased and dating on and off again on Futurama, finally got married in the show’s series finale. A la Ross and Rachel, these two met in the series’ first episode, Space Pilot 3000, aired all the way back in 1999, and proceeded to go through years and years of will they/won’t they sexual tension. The show was cancelled in 2003, leaving on a hopeful note for the two but not with definite confirmation. It wasn’t until the end of the fourth movie, released in 2010, that the two kissed and said they loved each other. And for the series’ revival, they got together for real and became an item. And as you can see, their wedding was a centerpiece of the series finale. Long time coming, huh?


2013 introduced the first season of the bizarro gothic romance crime series Hannibal, and with it came the start of the Hannigram romance; a canon slash love story between hero and villain. They start off by eating dinner together in Episode 1; the infamous ‘did you just smell me?’ line from episode 5; the subtexty two parter Sorbet and Fromage, which has Hannibal essentially choosing between a serial killer admirer and Will. And of course he chooses Will. Season 1 was just a taste of the subtext to come, of course, but it still introduced the world to this bizarre yet intriguing ship.


OK, Swarkles do take up a lot of time getting together, and their wedding was stretched to last a whole season. But hey, 2013 is all about TV weddings, and Swarkles spent the whole year being a couple and showing how they were good to go. For How I Met Your Mother fans, this year made it look like it was in the bag; Ted would meet the Mother, Marshall and Lily were good, and Robin and Barney’s wedding inched a little closer every episode. And then they totally got married and were happy and awesome and there was no series finale that destroyed it all, WHAT series finale that destroyed it all, I see nothing! You must be those same people who insist Spider Man and Mary Jane sold their marriage to Mephisto!


Anyone who loves Parks and Rec has to give a nod to Leslie and Ben finally getting hitched, and managing to do a wedding episode while avoiding many of the cliches of the genre. Wedding episodes don’t have to be stupid or overstretched. Basically, the two are engaged and decide to spontaneously throw their wedding together over a weekend. Which is stressful, but perfectly in character. And fans got to see them tie the knot and stick it out - maybe not as fast as Andy and April, but still nice and early without too much dragging it out (take notes, Ross and Rachel). 


What 2013 shipping list would be complete without the season that brought us the Red Wedding? But for me, the wedding of them all was for one of my OTP, Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark. A personal favorite, where shall we start by counting the highlights? Sansa being kind enough to kneel for Tyrion after Joffrey takes the stool away,  Tyrion telling Joffrey to go fuck himself when Joffrey tries to attack her, and Tyrion refusing to take advantage of her when they’re married, instead waiting until she’s ready, and generally treating Sansa better than anyone has for a long time. Lucky gal.

anonymous asked:

When I saw you mentioned HIMYM in your New Girl post, I became curious. Will you share some of your thoughts and feelings about the HIMYM finale?

I thought everything could have happened in the end except Ted and Robin. Maybe if the show ended in the 3rd season it would be ok, acceptable, I wouldn’t be disappointed too much.

But not after 9 seasons when we see Robin and Ted’s development as characters and how much they are not supposed to be together. The chemistry didn’t exist for me anymore, Ted not over Robin in the height of the 9th season was getting on my nerves and so many things have made me change my mind about this couple. At first it was nice and it was nice they could kept being even more friends after their relationship in the beginning. But HIMYM ended up with a ship I don’t support… maybe it’s a personal thing. But the way they showed the finale was really rushed too, so I didn’t even have time to process it at all.

What I love about that interview with Cobie is that she not only believes they should be together but she also knows they are partners in crime too. Please, rewrite them a ending that is appropriate for their characters and respective relationship. They deserve a better more realistic ending after all that character development.

I want to add a little something here… this shows not only that Cobie knows and understands the character she played for 9 seasons and knows that Robin belongs with/to Barney. There really is no one else for Robin, Barney’s her soulmate, her person, her The One, her Hansel, her partners. Nobody and nothing else compares to what Cobie understands, the fact that she belongs with Barney and one Barney.

Top 5 Shipping Moments of 2008

Year number two: Let’s dive into the shippers’ moments that colored the year of The Dark Knight, a presidential election, a tanked economy, and apple bottom jeans + boots with the fur. 


The Big Bang Theory’s Shenny was mostly popular in it’s early seasons, as later seasons introduced new pairings. One of the best Shenny moments was in this Season 2 Christmas episode, ‘The Bath Gift Item Hypothesis.” Sheldon Cooper (at least back then) was socially awkward, disinterested in romance, and bad at expressing affection. In this episode,  however, he shows off his capacity to at lease express some affection when Penny gives him a napkin signed by (and wiped by) Leonard Nimoy as a Christmas present. This pretty famous moment is a lot of fun for Shenny shippers, since there’s something so sweet about the usually caustic Sheldon being given the perfect gift by the disinterested-in-geek-culture Penny. Like taking two extremes of fire and ice and somehow getting something just right in the middle.


Another South Park Kyman moment for me, in the episode where Cartman gives Kyle AIDS, and everyone believes they’re a gay couple because it really sounds that way in context. Yeah, Kyman is a dark ship. We all have one. So what actually happens is: Cartman finds out he has AIDS, and since Cartman is a sociopathic monster who has wrecked countless havoc on the lives of others, Kyle can’t help but laugh. This incenses Cartman, who infects Kyle with the virus (shippy moment: he admits that he sneaks into Kyle’s room all the time), and thus the two have to work together to find the cure (which of course they do). Incredibly, Cartman can’t understand why Kyle is so mad at him, and even tries holding his hand. And then we get them being mistaken for gay all over the place by everyone. Since how else would they both have AIDS? (Yeah, this one’s dark and offensive. What else would you expect from South Park?)


While Tony/Pepper isn’t my OTP, there’s no denying RDJ and Gwyneth Paltrow’s chemistry, especially in this, the first installment of the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first of many shipping moments to come: The dance scene. The MCU in general has mostly spawned legions of slashfics, hero/villain pair-ups, and general love for the non-canon. However, there is still one canon pair that people tend to enjoy, both critics and shipping fans alike, and that is Pepperony. I can easily rank this scene as a very well-done romantic moment, in a movie full of action and character development. Take not, big-budget chaotic action films the world over: your caustic hero’s eyes lighting up when he sees his beleaguered assistant in the dress he picked out for her, leading her to the  dance floor while piano plays? That’s how it’s done.


And the ATLA shipping wars were definitively shut down (for the moment, anyway) with this grand finale, where Kataang and Maiko reigned supreme with two awesome kisses and sweeping music. Although the finale also has plenty for Zukaang and Zutara shippers too…really, just a shipFest all around. Basically, Avatar has become the legendary fighting ground to which you can point out all aspects of shipwars for the newcomer: fan preferred pairing, slash pairing, ship wars, crack pairings, etc. However, who would end up with whom was up in the air until the series finale, and the huge wait between episodes meant that shippers were going at each other, left and right, night and day, with reasons why their ship was the one meant to be. And then the finale ended on a big damn kiss between Aang and Katara. Good? Bad? You make your own call.


The moment all Swarkles fans were waiting for. First: the hookup in Sandcastles in the Sand. Second: the end of “Miracles”, the Season 3 finale. Third: The premier of Season 4, where Barney outright tells Lily he’s in love with Robin. Be still our shipping hearts, the HIMYM OTP FINALLY happened. For context: although the first three seasons of How I Met Your Mother mostly focused on Robin’s doomed to fail romance with Ted, with Banrey as the whackiest of the three whacky sidekicks, season 1′s episode Zip Zip Zip launched the ship that came to be known as Swarkles, after Robin’s teen pop star name Robin Sparkles and Barney’s one-time nickname Swarley. But the chemistry wasn’t explored until the end of Season 3, and was kept as unresolved all the way through Season 4. Still, 2008 was the year that it happened, and it was about damn time. 

anonymous asked:

The end of How I met your mother sucked so much and I refuse to acknowledge it. In my world it never happened, Robin and Barney are still together.

It was the most disappointing series finale ever. And I’m not even just talking about Robin and Barney who were so meant to be it was ridiculous – but of what they did to Ted and Tracy. I loved Barney/Robin but I legitimately was so enthralled and looking forward to the mother and Ted.

They even had that amazing scene in the season before the final season where he talked to her about what it would be like when they met and I was in tears. 

THEN – we meet her and she was AMAZING. LIKE I LOVED TRACY, OK? It made me happy – they made me happy – and then nope. We’re just going to relegate this epic, amazing love story to her being just a way for Ted to have kids and then kill her so that he can be with the REAL LOVE of his life and the one he always wanted to be with – Robin. (Even though they were terrible together – TERRIBLE).

They destroyed TWO awesome couples in LITERALLY the span of 15 minutes. Like – it takes some special kind of really bad execution and writing to do that because it wasn’t just the finale they messed up but the ENTIRE PREMISE OF YOUR SHOW WAS A LIE. I mean, I can’t even watch re-runs and sold my DVDs. That is how messed up that was. 


Endgame in a world of fanfiction and epilogues

Note: This post contains spoilers for Harry Potter, Jane the Virgin (through Season 3), Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and How I Met Your Mother.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of “endgame” recently. Specifically, what it means to have a couple be endgame when most fandoms exist long after the show/story has ended, where couples need not explicitly get together in order to count as endgame, and where epilogues may be set years after the official story ends.

The concept of “endgame” is defined by the Urban Dictionary rather amusingly (yet accurately) as “Pertaining to a couple you ship on a TV show that you hope ends the series together.” I’d change that definition just slightly, so that rather than a couple you hope end the series together, it becomes a couple that ends together. The point remains the same: “endgame” means you end the game together. But when does the game really end?

In the Harry Potter series, for instance, the story technically ends nineteen years after the brunt of the final book. The epilogue - which has been criticized and rejected by some fans as being unnecessary - sets in stone the series’ couples. If the last chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows suggest who the endgame couples are, the epilogue makes them explicit, reassuring readers that these teenage couples lasted another nineteen years, through marriage and adulthood. 

But… as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reveals, it’s always possible to revisit your former worlds. While the play sits in an odd realm of “author approved fanfiction”, it further fixates the series main couples (and indeed seems determined to justify Ron/Hermione, possibly in response to Rowling’s post-series remarks suggesting that it had been mere “wish-fulfillment”). Where was the endgame? Was it the open ending of Deathly Hallows, with the teenagers contemplating their future? Or the epilogue? Or the end of Cursed Child?

The line blurs with other fandoms as well. Take a show like Avatar: The Last Airbender, which has a sequel series that takes place several generations later. Avatar ends with the show’s hinted couple of Aang and Katara getting together (kissing), strongly cementing their endgame status. The Legend of Korra further goes on to show that they were happily married for years, had several children, and lived together until Aang’s death. The series’ comics also went back to fill in the gaps, reassuring viewers/readers that this couple is together, this couple is endgame. This has never stopped fans, however, from ignoring the canon in favor of their own preferred ship of Katara and Zuko, with new content still being added today despite a firm canon rejection. 

The Legend of Korra has its own curious endgame. In the final seconds of the show’s finale, Korra is seen holding hands - getting together - with her friend Asami, turning into each other towards a (unshown) kiss. The showrunners confirmed at the time that this was the start of their romantic relationship, and have further added to this relationship in the comic sequels.

These sorts of endings cast doubt on endgame as a concept. If all it takes is a sequel to solidify a relationship, what’s to stop a sequel or epilogue from ruining a relationship? 

This is the sort of situation that occurred at the very end of How I Met Your Mother’s run, when the final episode upended the entire balance of the show’s later seasons. Fans - enraged - eventually led to the creation of an alternate ending, which at once maintained one form of endgame (Tracy and Ted, Barney and Robin) and took apart the “real” endgame (Ted and Robin). The finale effectively reveals that Ted and Robin have been the endgame all along, while any other couples along the way (including the titular “mother”) were merely temporary. Yet in watching the show’s final season leading up to this “twist”, it’s easy to recognize how manipulatively misleading the show had become. The final season focuses extensively on the lead-up to Ted and Tracy’s first meeting, alongside Barney and Robin’s wedding. These relationships are built in such a way that of course they’re meant to be endgame. But… at the very last moment, the show reveals that they are not. Couples get together and then divorce. People can find love after being widowed. Sometimes… endgame isn’t what you’d like it to be.

And all of this leads me to the show that has most recently been on my mind in terms of endgame: Jane the Virgin. At the end of its second season, after many dramatic relationship bumps, the titular Jane marries the “love of her life” Michael. After being shot moments after their wedding ends (and seemingly recovering at the beginning of season 3), the two begin their happy and naturally complicated married life together. Their relationship is strong, with obvious arguments and issues, but the narrative makes sure to emphasize that they have a “true” love. And indeed, the narrator of the show (a critical character) insists on reminding viewers in the final moments of Michael’s life that he loved Jane until his very last breath. Michael’s death - midseason and seemingly random (despite whatever dull justifications the writers may suggest…) upends the notion that the beginning of the season had solidified: Jane and Michael cannot be endgame. It doesn’t matter that Michael is the husband to whom Jane “loses” her titular virginity. It doesn’t matter that Michael is the so-called love of Jane’s life. It doesn’t matter that Michael is the man that Jane chooses, again and again and again. His death obliterates their endgame, simply because the show will end without him being alive for it.

But does it? If someone quits the show in the middle of season 3 (for whatever reason…), they’ll never know that Michael dies. Jane and Michael are married (and being an observant Catholic, it’s unlikely that Jane would have sought a divorce in their future…), Jane and Michael are raising a child together, Jane and Michael are planning their future… and of course, Michael dies while still in love. If that’s not endgame, what is? Is endgame really just the couple that’s together at the end of a show (or book or series or whatever), despite enough post-canon material suggesting that this definition is flawed?

And of course… what of fanfiction? Fanfiction, which often explicitly asks “what ifs” and seeks to explore the options that the canon removes. How can endgame exist in fanfiction, when every option can be endgame, and nothing as well?

I don’t think there’s a clear answer. The more I think about it, the more I feel that endgame will always differ between the creator (who can simply choose to add more “canon” content whenever and however they choose) and the consumer, who can always choose to reject that. It loops back to the neverending question of “what is canon”. Where does the show end? Where does canon end? If shows can be rebooted twenty years after cancellation, what does it mean to have had the couple be hinted at by the show’s ending? If a loving couple can be separated by death mere months or years after their marriage, does it make them any less endgame or in love simply because the show’s timeline is out of sync with their love story? Is endgame about the sort of relationship you embark on, or is it about the story/series/whatever within which the love is bound? Is endgame about relationships lasting “forever” (until death?), or just about lasting “long enough” for this specific story to be told?

And if you can always rewrite it according to your own preferences… does it really matter?