But actually, "happily ever after" would have left a bad taste in the mouth. Yes, Barney and Robin got divorced (which was handled very maturely by the way). Yes, the friends do drift apart over the years. And yes, the mother dies. But do you know what? Haven't we all seen these things happen? This is real life, which is what has made HIMYM such compulsive viewing for the past 9 years.
For those who thought the ideals of the series were romance and soul mates, and were therefore "betrayed" by this ending; perhaps you'd understood the ideals wrong in the first place. This has been a comedy for our time. A time when relationships might not be neat and tidy, love might not last forever, and the story is rarely straight forward. But laugher, friends and a great bar will always see you through!
My only regret is that there will be no more episodes. I have relished every minute of these series and would still watch any right now. Kudos to Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for finishing on such a high. Hopefully "How I Met Your Dad" can live up to this exceptional standard.