Finale fun … or not

So most of the fall TV shows have wrapped up, and the summer shows are starting. I’m looking forward to the start of Covert Affairs this month.

For the most part, I’ve enjoyed all the season finales (and even the cliffhangers) over the past few weeks of shows like Arrow, The Blacklist, and The Good Wife, but there’s one finale that I’m still thinking about—the finale of How I Met Your Mother.

Oh, boy.

How I Met Your MotherI’ve always really enjoyed HIMYM, but I was not a fan of the finale. In fact, it sort of ruined the whole show for me, especially since the point of the show for nine seasons seemed to be Ted finding the Mother, the love of his life. But if you’ve seen the finale, you know the show was really about something and someone else entirely. I kind of feel like the whole thing was a bait and switch.

Finales can be hard to do, especially with a long-running series like HIMYM. It can be difficult to wrap up every single plot thread and leave fans with a satisfying conclusion. But, man. I was not expecting everything that happened in the HIMYM finale, and it was not satisfying to me at all. I’ve enjoyed watching reruns of the show, but now that I know how it ends? Even the reruns have lost some of their charm. Like I said, the finale sort of ruined the whole show for me.

I’ve been thinking about book finales too. The finale of the Hunger Games trilogy is another one that didn’t work for me. I kind of felt like everything that Katniss went through was for nothing, since a certain character doesn’t make it back home at the end of the series. On the other hand, I thought the end of the Harry Potter series was very well done and let readers leave the characters knowing that Harry and company were in a good place.

Maybe it’s cliché, but at the end of the day—or TV show or book—I want the characters to get their happy endings. To me, those are the most satisfying finales.

What about you guys? Did you enjoy the HIMYM finale? What do you think are some good book and TV finales?

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16 Responses to Finale fun … or not

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    The Harry Potter ending was brilliant! And I think Killer Frost, the last Mythos Academy book, was brilliant, too. Love the way you brought in all the elements that you’d used throughout the books together. Including the stone gryphons! And everyone who was important in the series had a role. A necessary role. Just thinking about it, I want to read it again. :)

    It’s been a long time since I saw it, but the ending for Seinfeld was disappointing to me. It wasn’t even that funny. If NCIS ever ends (I stopped watching it this last season; I don’t know what the writers and creators are thinking, but they’ve ruined it), I’d love to see Ziva and Tony marry. Me and thousands of others. lol

    • Thanks! I appreciate that. It was very important to me to give fans of the series a satisfying ending. I’m glad it worked for you. :cool:

      Eh, I’m sort of over Tony and Ziva. I think they dragged our their relationship for way too long, especially since not much ever happened between them. I’d like to see Tony move on with someone else now.
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  2. Jennifer, I haven’t ever watched HIMYM but, like you, I was so disappointed with the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It really ruined the whole thing for me. I felt the same about the final book in the His Dark Materials trilogy, as well.

    The end needs to be as thoughtful, and respectful of the story and characters, as the beginning, and I love, love, love it when it is done well because it leaves me with such an amazing feeling, and makes me want to read it all again. Harry Potter is a wonderful example of this being done well.
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    • Yeah, I was not happy with the ending of The Hunger Games. Like I said, I felt like Katniss went through all those horrible things for nothing.

      Very true. That’s one of the reasons I think the Harry Potter series is still so popular — because it was so well-done and the ending was a lovely ending to the series.
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  3. Amy Remus says:

    Hi Jennifer – I didn’t watch the finale of HIMYM and only saw episodes here and there but I think everyone had the same response as you. I wonder if the characters themselves felt the same way? I also agree that the ending of The Hunger Games was blah. I was expecting a bigger ending, but nope. It was very disappointing. I was a long watcher of FRIENDS and I thought that show ended well. It made you feel warm and fuzzy. I mean, Ross and Rachel were finally back together! I would also say that most books I read end well, so I don’t have too many complaints. :)
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  4. Jenni says:

    I didn’t like the ending of Divergent novels. The author I think was trying for edgy and different, but it was a big let down. I’m all for a sad ending, but it still has to make sense. That one just didn’t. I also didn’t like the ending to HIMYM- it was too drastically different from the series RTB.

  5. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Jennifer!

    I didn’t see the HIMYM finale but you really touched a chord with me. Sometimes I think writers try too hard to surprise or twist expectations, and they end up breaking what makes the story good. One trilogy I read about a love that spanned millennia was brilliant, but then the author wrote another book where the woman had died, so the man just went on to marry the first main character left and had a kid with her. Perfect love became everyday love.

    Eureka was a great ending, despite having no time to put it together. Leverage too. If I’m happy in a place I like to think it goes on after the show or book ends. LOTR was sad but satisfying.

    • I think I know the series you are talking about. I like twists and turns just fine, but at the end of a series, I want a happy ever after for the characters.

      I still miss Leverage. I wish that show had gotten at least a few more episodes to do one more really big heist.
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  6. Misty Evans says:

    I’ve gotten burned on several finales with TV shows…sometimes, I don’t hang in there long enough to get to the finales anymore. I liked the finales of Buffy and Charmed, even if both shows lost me at points during their last seasons.

    I’m the first one to admit, I prefer a happy ending. With books like the Harry Potter series, I was glad the characters had closure and their journeys were worth taking. Certain things were finally explained – like Snapes’ motivation and the fact he wasn’t such a bad guy after all – and you were left with a sense of completion.

  7. Hi Jennifer! I’m with you on the HIMYM finale. Seriously? For some clever writing along they way, they really blew it for me. I was disappointed with the third Hunger Games book, too.

    Gosh, I can’t think of a TV series finale that I really loved. I think it’s because I’ve either not made it to the final season, or I was sad to see the show end! LOL Oh wait, Psych recently had a cute ending. :)
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  8. Ada says:

    I think I’m over being mad at the HIMYM writers but every time I catch a rerun, I am reminded once again how disappointed I am. The thing that really bothered me about the ending was that it was planned from the get-go of the series – they knew exactly how it was going to go. How in so many seasons did they not realize what a terrible ending it was?? It just left a bad taste in my mouth and makes me sad for all the time we fans invested in the show.

    • Yeah, every time I see a rerun of HIMYM, I think about the finale, and I am disappointed all over again. I just wonder what the writers were thinking, especially when it comes to Robin and Barney and the fact that the entire last season was all about their wedding.
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