Some found the closure offered to Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily, Marshall and Tracy (aka the mother) touching, while others expressed disappointment via social media.
In the end, which stretched into the 2030, Barney the ultimate bachelor became a father a few years after divorcing Robin; Ted later wound up dating long-lost love Robin (six years after the mother died), while Lily and Marshall endured with three kids and Marshall running for a state Supreme Court judgeship.
A sampling of the reaction that came fast and (sometimes) furious on Twitter after the East Coast airing:
— Kevin Murphy (@TheMurph47) April 1, 2014
The mom’s an otter??! Crazy/disappointing #HIMYM finale.
— (((Josh Seasonal))) (@JoshMalina) April 1, 2014
— Bonnie ♿ 🥄☮️ 💜✝️🍂 (@TibetanTerrier7) April 1, 2014
Give me "messy and emotionally real" versus "clever" any day. Shame on you, #HIMYM. Your fans deserved better.
— Ryan “2020 is Spooky Enough Already” McGee (@TVMcGee) April 1, 2014
Lucky people get to make a show for 9 years.
— Jenni Konner (@JenniKonner) April 1, 2014