'How I Met Your Mother' finale: Here's hoping the ending is funny

How I Met Your Mother. (Handout)

How I Met Your Mother. (Handout)

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:07 PM ET

I don't want it to be too sad.

I'm not sure if that makes me a shallow person. But with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother airing Monday, March 31 on CBS and City, I don't really want to be crying at the end of it.

I guess if the finale were bittersweet, that would be okay. Yet given some of the theories that have been floating around regarding how the series will end, I'm worried I might be openly bawling.

Of course, all the dark stuff merely could be baseless internet speculation.

How I Met Your Mother debuted back in the fall of 2005. It had what seemed like a goofy premise: In the year 2030, a man was telling his two kids the tale of how he met their mother. So the entire series was being told in flashbacks.

The assumption always has been it's the Ted character, played by Josh Radnor, who is regaling his bored-looking offspring. But some of the most outlandish speculation about the finale has involved the fact that it's the voice of Bob Saget who has been doing the voice-overs all these years, rather than the voice of Radnor. Hmmm ...

But even if you don't want to go that far out on a limb, “the mother,” played by Cristin Milioti, actually was revealed late last season. Thus ended the notion that the big reveal on that front would come in the series finale. But large or small, there has to be some sort of twist at the end, right?

The most consistent speculation has been that the mother actually is dead in 2030, and that's why the dad is reminiscing with his kids. The comically bored looks on the kids' faces would suggest that can't be it. But maybe the mom is dying and the kids don't know.

The chatter on that front really heated up after an episode that aired a few weeks ago. In a flashback from 2030, but a flash-forward from where the bulk of the series has been set – seriously, this show is way easier to watch than to explain – it's 2024, and Ted gets emotional when “the mother” makes a comment about another mom potentially missing her daughter's wedding. Did Ted choke up because he knows his wife, a.k.a. “the mother,” won't be around to attend their own daughter's wedding?

More recent speculation has suggested that perhaps Ted is dying, or has Alzheimer's, and that's why he's blurting out all these stories before they're lost to him. And again, maybe the kids don't know, and that's why they're looking more bored than sympathetic.

How I Met Your Mother never has shied away from emotional moments, even though the vast majority of the series has been “silly,” in a good way. The question is which way the creators will lean to wrap things up.

Hey, it's possible there won't be any twist at all. But that seems unlikely to me.

I know, I know, I'm a wimp. I just hope that if there's an “aha” moment in the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, it merely tugs at the heartstrings, rather than snapping them.


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