How I Met Your Mother “The End of the Aisle” Review – “I’m not that guy anymore”

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We’re there. We’re at the end of the road in the How I Met Your Mother story. After last episode, we’ve only got one episode left, the big finale. The End of the Aisle is the last step towards the end. It’s Barney and Robin’s wedding and it’s time for our characters to get some resolution for their problems and closure for their stories. WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS.

It’s only 32 minutes before the wedding (this has been a loooooong and eventful weekend!) and Robin finally has her bride freakout. Barney is nervous too, and doubts and questions start emerging the surface. But Ted and the Mother are there to make things better. Meanwhile, Lily and Marshall update their vows.

TED REJECTS ROBIN

When Robin has her (un)expected freakout, Ted is the one who’s there for her trying to calm her down. After all, Robin has always considered Ted to be his best friend. What bothers Robin is that she didn’t find the locket, the one that she had been talking about since the end of last season and expected her true future husband to find for her. And we all know who got through all that trouble to find it during this season: Ted.

Despite Ted’s attempts at pretending it was Barney the one who found it, Robin doesn’t buy it because their stories don’t match. I was expecting her not to believe it basically because it was a bit suspicious that Barney would suddenly show up with the locket after she had just told Ted about it but whatever.

This leads to Robin reasoning that maybe she should be marrying Ted after all cause he’s the one who seems do the biggest things for her while Barney’s achievements are all built from lies. Robin already had problems with Barney’s lies in the past: when he lied to propose to her or when he lied about having burnt The Playbook. “You know what legendary means? Not real”.

But then Ted does something that we would have thought unbelievable a couple seasons ago: he rejected Robin.

Ted: I am not your future, Barney is.
Robin: Should I be with the guy who fins me my locket? The guy who steals me the blue french horn? I mean, look me in the eye and tell me why shouldn’t I be with that guy?
Ted: Because I’m not that guy anymore.

(…)

Ted: Love doesn’t make sense. I mean, you can’t logic your way into or out of it. Love is totally nonsensical. But we have to keep doing it, or else we’re lost and love is dead and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do. 

Finally Ted, finally. It’s not just that he tells the audience that he’s done with Robin (he’s done that many times before), but he actually proves it. Love doesn’t make sense but he has to keep doing it, he has to keep trying it and that’s what he’s done all these years. Because love is worth it and without it, we’d all be lost.

MARSHALL AND LILY UPDATE THEIR MARRIAGE

Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily try to help Barney write his vows, which are disastrous. Barney complains and replies that they didn’t exactly keep their perfect vows. Lily and Marshall realise that this is true and update their vows, making them more realistic.

Marshall: I vow to keep updating (these vows) as we go. Because one set of vows it can’t cover a lifetime of growing and changing with you. Of raising children with you. Falling more and more in love with you every day, Lily Aldrin, which is what I vow to do for the rest of my life. 

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The problem with their original vows is that they were too vague, difficult and perfect all at the same time. They realise that they aren’t perfect and neither is their relationship. And they decide to keep updating their vows as they go because they will changing together.

 

AND IT WAS LEGENDARY

Even though Ted’s speech is very moving, Robin is still freaking out. She runs away locking Ted inside the room and then bumps into the Mother. Robin was the last character (besides Ted) to meet the Mother, and it feels like it makes sense. The Mother just tells Robin to close her eyes and take three deep breaths. Robin does so and when she opens her eyes, Barney is in front of her. Barney, who’s witnessed the renewal of Lily and Marshall’s vows, leans the lesson and gives us another precious moment for the Barney/Robin couple:

Barney: I’ve decided to make only one vow to you because it’s the only one that really counts. Robin Scherbatsky, from this day forward, I am always gonna be honest with you. Cause I love you.

Barney tells Robin that Ted got that locket for her, even though she already knew it.  This time it’s not what he says, it’s what he does. Our characters are no longer talking about what they think or what they plan to do, they are taking action.

Up in the aisle, Robin and Barney finally get married (not before Marshall wastes his last slap trying to calm him down making things even more final *weeps*).

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“It was a twisting, turning road that led to the end of the aisle, and not everything along the way was perfect. To be honest, not everything to follow would be perfect either. But what is? Here’s the secret, kids: none of us can vow to be perfect. In the end, all we can do is promise to love each other with everything we’ve got. Because love is the best thing we do“.

Bottom line, Barney says goodbye to his lies, Robin says goodbye to her fear of commitment, Lily and Marshall give up their high expectations of being the perfect couple and Ted gives up his old-self. It’s been a long bumpy road and they’ve all changed and evolved. But that’s what life is about, isn’t it?

 

FINAL RATING: 9

Check out the LAST EVER promo for How I Met Your Mother: Last Forever airs on next week, March 31st:

 

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