*Ranting about the How I Met Your Mother finale a couple days late. * #spoilers #t
I wouldn't have minded Ted getting together with Robin at the end if they didn't have to destroy Barney's character to do it. To me, he has been the most interesting character on the show for a long time because he actually went through a character arc.
Ted starts the show as someone who believes in love and destiny and he never changes. He spends 10 seasons waiting for destiny to strike and than it finally does.
Barney starts from a completely reprehensible (but funny) place. Than they slowly start showing us the tragic things that made him this way. Absent Father. Cruel ex-girlfriend. Unbalanced mother. So we start to feel compassion for him even if we still can't approve of his behavior. Than we get a couple attempts to get better: Norah and first relationship with Robin. But in a pretty realistic move he fails at his first attempts. Than at the end of the series we finally get to see him pull it together and commit to a life with Robin. There you go. Full story arc. Cue curtain. Oh wait. No. Not only do the divorce after 3 years, he completely reverts to his past ways. And instead of being redeemed slowly over the course of several seasons, we get a 10 second conversion when he sees his daughter.
Sorry. I guess the end lesson is that I had no idea how emotionally invested I was in How I Met Your Mother. Guess that means they did there jobs somewhere down the line.