Surprises, Twists in "How I Met Your Mother" Finale

By CBS News

Published 04/01 2014 09:01AM

Updated 04/01 2014 09:03AM

It was one of the biggest unanswered questions in TV history. But last night... after nine seasons and 208 episodes... the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" finally revealed how it all happened.  the big reveal involved a mother-lode of tears amid the laughter.

It was a rainy night at a train station... when Ted finally met the future mother of his children... they were seemingly drawn together by fate.

But last night's series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" told us much more than just that.

"How I Met Your Mother" flourished over nine seasons… with its series of flash-backs and flash-forwards. In the finale we see Marshall and Lily prepare for their third child… and Marshall finally achieves his long-postponed dream.  "I'm going to be a judge!"

We saw Barney and Robin in the early stages of their marriage… but they began to argue over her busy work schedule… leading to this surprising announcement: "We're divorce."

Single again, Barney got another woman pregnant, and yet another surprise….he became a doting father. "You are the love of my life."

And the final twist: the mother of Ted's children dies, pening the door for soul mates Ted and Robin to re-connect… offering her a blue French horn… a gift from their very first date.

At a viewing party Monday night, fans were sad to see their favorite show go.

"The show kept us on the edge of our seat from the start to the finish."

As the cast recently told CBS... they were hoping the show's finale would be nothing short of..."legendary!"
"There's emotional stuff in the episode itself. So it wasn't like we were just being emotional because we were feeling it. Which we were," says Neil Patrick Harris.

"It was smart smart of them to write Aly just crying the whole episode," laughs Josh Radnor.

"It isn't always a happy ending. And I think showing that, while hard to take for some fans, was also very true to the spirit of the show," notes Michael O'Connell with Hollywood Reporter.

Actor Jason Segal; "I think that what's great is the show's story has reached kind of a natural conclusion. They set out to tell a story, and it arrived at its end."

As one line from the show says...."We'll always be there for each other at the big moments."

(Ben Tracy, CBS News, Hollywood)

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