It’s now been over a month since the finale of CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother caused huge controversy and outrage amongst fans. Since then cast members of the nine-season-long show having been revealing their own thoughts about how the show finished, the most recent being Alyson Hannigan speaking at Friday night’s Taste for a Cure event in L.A.
Hannigan’s character Lily finished the show exactly as we had hoped; mother of three and still married to long-time love Marshall Erikson, played by Jason Segel. Addressing the fan reaction to the finale, she told TVLine, “Maybe it’s just me trying to make myself feel better about [the fans’] disappointment… but you know how if you’re in a relationship and you get dumped, you’d rather be mad at the person? I feel like maybe they’re just like, ‘Well, that’s all right. You sucked anyway!’ That they just want to be mad at us for leaving them. They want to go out, like, angry, because it’s easier for them”
Hannigan also revealed more about the extra scenes that were filmed but not included in the finished episode, including the funeral of Tracy, the titular character, explaining it was only a “one-second” montage, but “would have been better for the audience, so that then they can process, ‘Oh, [Ted] mourned. He got closure’ – and then they’d be happy that [he and Robin] got together. Rather than be like, ‘Oh, wait. She died? What? They’re together, huh? And credits. That’s what I think was too fast.”
The finale was, in total, 18 minutes shorter than script that was used in what Hannigan described as a “perfect” table read, although “much more heart-wrenching, which maybe people wouldn’t have liked… I was like, ‘That’s what I want. I want my heart ripped out and slammed on the floor and, like, stomped on!”
Series co-creator Carter Bays has promised upset fans an alternate, happier ending on the season nine DVD as well as the complete box set, having previously tweeted “We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series. We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too”. The table read has also been filmed, and so fingers crossed this also ends up available to the fans.
You can next catch Hannigan on CBS comedy pilot More Time With Family.
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