How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Last Forever 

As the years go on, changes cause the group to drift apart, but they reunite one more time for Ted's wedding. Meanwhile, a monumental event causes Barney to finally change his ways.

Director:

Pamela Fryman

Writers:

Carter Bays (created by), Craig Thomas (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Segel ... Marshall
Alyson Hannigan ... Lily
Neil Patrick Harris ... Barney Stinson
Cobie Smulders ... Robin Scherbatsky
Josh Radnor ... Ted
Cristin Milioti ... Tracy McConnell
Judith Drake ... Bernice
Jim Nantz Jim Nantz ... Jim Nantz
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Daughter
David Henrie ... Son
Justene Alpert Justene Alpert ... Sexy Girl #2
Brooke Lynn Howard Brooke Lynn Howard ... Sexy Girl #1
Patrick Kang Patrick Kang ... 22 Year Old Guy
Kerrigan Milker Kerrigan Milker ... Young Penny
Saudia Rashed ... Nurse
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Storyline

The continuing story Ted is telling his kids about how he met their mother picks up in 2020, when his gang of friends were largely the same as at Robin and Barney's wedding, except... Ted and their mother still have not made it to the altar, despite both of the kids already having been born, the delay due to timing issues and wedding priorities. Marshall finally receives that much wanted call telling him that he has been offered a judgeship. It's a few years after Robin and Barney's divorce, with Barney having returned to his carousing ways. A major event that occurred in carrying out the new plays in his playbook ended up having what would be the most profound change in his mentality. The "except" part concerns Robin, who is now largely out of their lives, despite the six of them vowing that they would be there for each other for all the big events. Ted looks back once again to his initial meeting with their mother and why it seemed like destiny to be with her, before he concludes ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the group picture taken by The Mother, Marshall's eyes aren't closed, disproving the fact that Lily says Marshall takes bad pictures. See more »

Goofs

When older Ted is talking to his kids in the same room, the room is much brighter on the kids side while Ted's side of the room is much darker. See more »

Quotes

Ted: It was at times a long, difficult road. But I'm glad it was long and difficult, because if I hadn't gone through hell to get there, the lesson might not have been as clear. You see, kids, right from the moment I met your mom, I knew... I have to love this woman as much as I can for as long as I can, and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. I carried that lesson with me through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5:00 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, ...
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Alternate Versions

An alternate ending was leaked online months after the show finished, and was eventually released on the Season 9 DVD. Known colloquially as "the happy ending", it features no new footage, but instead montages throughout the entire series to show exactly how Ted met the Mother, and changes the fates of all the characters. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Downtown Train
(uncredited)
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by Everything But The Girl
[Played when Ted speaks to Tracy for the first time on the Farhampton train station platform]
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thought it was awful at first
8 November 2014 | by KTuttle07See all my reviews

But after some thought and time to let it sink in I realized that this ending was not as bad as I originally thought. I felt like this made the whole series pointless, but it didn't, it just made season 9 pointless.

This episode gave all of the characters closure, although barney's I was not happy with. Ted definitely got the most closure. The final scene pays homage to the pilot and reminds you of why the series is so great. I thought at first that this episode ruined the whole series for me, it did not, they just made a huge mistake by making the whole 9th season take place at the wedding. All in all it was disappointing but does not deserve most of the hate it is receiving.


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