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A Mother Funeral Scene Was Cut From the How I Met Your Mother Finale

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How I Met Your Mother ended almost a month ago, but people are still talking about what could have and should have happened with the finale. Alyson Hannigan, like Josh Radnor, felt there was a cut scene that would’ve been beneficial. Talking to TV Line, she said not only was the episode eighteen minutes shorter than the script from the “perfect” table read (which was taped and will be on the DVD), but it “was also much more heart-wrenching.” Specifically, there was a “one-second” scene at the mother’s funeral that was edited out for being “just too gut-wrenching.” She believes that shot would’ve helped the audience understand that “[Ted] mourned” and “got closure,” so “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.”

Hannigan also responded to the fans’ disappointment, comparing it to a breakup. “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.” To any detractor, she added, “You son of a bitch.”

A Mother Funeral Scene Was Cut From HIMYM Finale