How I Met Your Mother started out pretty strong. The show took us through the lives a group of friends as a much older Ted — the protagonist — narrated the story to his teenage kids about how he met their mother. During the nine seasons, we saw very little of the mother.
Over the years, the episodes became somewhat less funny. We kept waiting for the mother and this "mother" never came. I’m still surprised how these kids never stood up and left because Ted told one hell of a long story.
In case you never got to the ending, you should know that the mother was finally revealed. She turned out to be this pint-sized, dark-haired woman with googly eyes. It was important she had them — this woman had to capture the hearts of the audience in a few episodes.
But there was more to this ending than just meeting the mother. The much older Ted was telling his teenage kids the story of how he met their mother after their mother had died. In the final episode, we learn that the mother had passed away.
It’s then that the older Ted tells them that he was thinking of asking “Aunt Robin” — one of the five — on a date. The two had a long history together. They dated, broke up, dated again. Then Robin married Barney and we learn that she divorced him in the final episode.
The kids don’t even care anymore who their father dates. They tell him that their mother had been dead for a while now and that he should date whoever he wants. So basically, these kids had to listen to that very long story for nothing.
The How I Met Your Mother tale was put to rest and people moved on. But now, one fan theory is boggling the minds of fans of the show. More than a theory, it feels like it’s something we should have noticed long ago.
But overall, throughout the nine episodes, Barney was mostly a chauvinistic ass. He was funny and he sure was entertaining. And yet, the guy was still portrayed as a womanizer with no real respect for women.
Compared to the other characters, Barney was the worst. Lily and Marshall were consistently perfect — funny, cute, sweet to one another and loyal. And Robin was always portrayed as the one who got away.
Now think about it — the How I Met Your Mother story was told by an unreliable narrator. It was recounted by an older Ted who wanted to convince his kids that their “Aunt Robin” was the one who got away. She wasn’t just his best friend’s ex-wife. Accordingly, the guy had to paint Barney in a not so pretty picture.
So maybe Barney was not such an ass. Maybe he did sleep with many women but he didn’t dump them as nonchalantly as it was played out by Ted. Maybe this guy was less of a chauvinistic pig than Ted had him for.