For those of you who haven’t seen the How I Met Your Mother series finale from last night, stop reading because I’m about to talk about a whole bunch of spoilery spoilers.
I’ve been watching this show for years, waiting patiently to find out who The Mother is. I fell in love with Barney and Robin as a character and rooted for them to work because I believed that Barney was a good person deep down inside. I rooted for Ted to find the love of his life who was not Robin because I think he was just so desperate to love someone. I wanted to get to know The Mother after hearing about her for so long. And I wanted to know where that pineapple came from.
But NO. HIMYM just ruined everything. Two commercial breaks into the finale, Barney and Robin are divorced after we spent this entire season obsessing over their wedding. This whole season has been AT their wedding. Even though everyone on the show said this wasn’t happening, they killed The Mother. Oh and then the kids are all “Mom’s been gone for six years, go get Aunt Robin.” And Ted brings Robin the blue French horn to her old apartment where she’s living with presumably those dogs that Ted made her give away back in like season 2.
I’m not just upset, you guys. I feel BETRAYED. I’ve seen a lot of bad finales, but this was the worst one. It wasn’t even done well. I didn’t like the finale of Friends either, but it was done well. To wallow in my sadness, let’s talk about some of the worst finales of all time (all filled with spoilers so don’t say I didn’t warn you):
Degrassi: The Next Generation (Season 9)
I stopped watching Degrassi after Season 9 because the cast members graduated, and I had no idea who the new cast was. Season 9 was the last of "The Next Generation" and the show just goes by "Degrassi" now. Anyway, there were some Degrassi TV movies like Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi Takes Manhattan. Jane and Spinner break up because he hears Jane tell Holly J. that she cheated with Declan. Manny, Jay and Emma take Spinner to a casino and then LOL Emma and Spinner get married. But then they stay married because they realize they love each other and they have a real wedding. What the eff?
Dexter could have lived in history as one of the greatest shows to ever exist on television. But then the series finale happened. Dexter is fleeing the country with his kids, Deb get shot so he goes to see her and sends the kids to Argentina with Hannah. Deb dies, Dexter tosses her body in the ocean en route to Argentina. Then there's a hurricane, and we think he's dead. BUT WAIT! He's a lumberjack now, LOL. Fin. This was the worst TV finale until last night's HIMYM.
Felicity is one of my favorite shows ever, and I was really upset that it was coming to an end to begin with. You see, Felicity was supposed to end at graduation, five episodes before it actually did. The last five (atrocious) episodes where Felicity goes back in time and shows what could have been if she chose Noel were never supposed to occur. And it should have stayed that way. Time-travel Felicity chooses Noel over Ben, but then we find out that all of this is a dream Felicity has while she's sleeping off a cold or something. She wakes up feeling better, re-professes her love to Ben (obviously) and the gang celebrates Noel's wedding to Zoe. What a waste of time.
Ugh. Okay, this two-hour finale was two hours of my life I will never get back. This group of Upper East Side elites has been tortured by GG for nine seasons only to find out that it's Dan! OF COURSE IT'S DAN. Oh, but Serena is like "I still love you even though you essentially ruined my life" so everyone else is cool with it too. They all forgave Dan because he didn't play the role of GG during serious things like when Chuck and Blair were in that car accident. Chair gets married to avoid questioning after Bart fell off that sky scraper when Chuck could have saved him or something. Flash forward five years. Chair has a kid, Nate's a successful something or other and everyone's back in town to watch Serena and Dan get married. I wonder who got what in the divorce.
In case you didn't have enough time-warping from J.J. Abrams, you got some again in the finale of Lost. We find out that everyone's dead and maybe the island was limbo (though the show's creators insist it was real). Yup, Jack shows up in a church to meet everyone that was on the island. Then he's lying on the beach on the island when the plane crashed. Then we're back in the church with some holy lights or something. Then we're back on the island with Jack closing his eyes. Then we're all on the couch with a giant "WTF just happened?" look on our faces. This finale practically negated everything that happened on the show.
One Tree Hill
I recently binge-watched this show and am still upset that it went on past Season 5. But Season 9 was the dumbest thing I've ever seen. The finale was set in the future (why does this keep happening?) with Haley, Nathan, Brooke, Mouth and the now-important characters from Seasons 7-9. There are some flashbacks and then everyone (except Lucas and Peyton because they don't exist in this world anymore) are at a basketball game cheering on the Ravens. YAWN.
If you saw the actual series finale, this is not about that. I didn't watch Season 4 because this show ended at Season 3 for me when Marissa died. MARISSA DIED. That was the end of the show for me and for many other people because it was the worst. Feel free to argue and justify if you must.
Gilmore Girls is my second favorite show ever. The first is Seinfeld. So this finale really hit me hard. First of all, in the second to last episode Rory rejects Logan's proposal and they break up. True fans were all "SHE'S GETTING BACK WITH JESS." But it didn't happen. Nope. Rory instead takes a job on Barack Obama's campaign trail (huh?), and Luke throws her a surprise graduation party because he's Luke. Lorelai thanks Luke, he says "I just like to see you happy" and they kiss. We've been waiting for them to reunite, and it was SO anti-climatic! Fingers crossed for a movie to fix all that nonsense.
Did you like any of these finales? What other finales would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments!