Big Twist Ends "How I Met Your Mother" Series Finale

Big Twist Ends "How I Met Your Mother" Series Finale
(Undated) -- Ted Mosby's search for his true love has ended right where it began. On Monday's series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," Ted finally tells his children that he met their mother at a train station following Barney and Robin's ill-fated wedding. However, looking back on the finale's flashbacks that recounted Robin's divorce from Barney and "The Mother's" death, Ted's daughter, Penny, saw his true motivation for telling his story about his history with his four friends.
 
Spanning almost two decades, Monday's one-hour finale ended with Ted outside of Robin's apartment holding the blue French horn he stole for her on their first date in the pilot episode. While the night started with Robin newly married to Barney, things quickly soured between them as Robin's career as a jet-setting journalist began to take off. Barely three years after they married, the pair announced their divorce. By then, Ted and "The Mother" were starting a family, but had yet to marry, and Lily and Marshall were having their third baby. As she lost touch with the group, Robin still managed to show up for the big moments in their lives, such as when Marshall and Lily moved out of the New York apartment that has seen the comings and goings of the group for the past nine seasons.

Ted and "The Mother" finally tied the knot after a five year engagement and having two children together. Robin had almost completely drifted away from the group, but she managed to show up for the wedding at "The Mother's" urging. After a final toast with the group, Ted took the children back to his initial fairytale meeting with their mom on a train platform in the rain. As fate would have it, their first encounter was under the ever-present yellow umbrella that linked them throughout the series' run. Through the initials "TM" carved onto the umbrella, The Mother's name was finally unveiled as Tracy McConnell, putting an end to the nine season mystery that has captivated audiences around the world.

Robin and Barney look back on the conversation that led to their divorce, then tell the group.
Robin talks to Lily as she leaves the final Halloween party in the apartment.
In 2019, Barney reacts to seeing his newborn daughter for the first time.
Ted and "The Mother" meet under the ever-present yellow umbrella.
Ted tells his children that he always carried his love for their mother through her sickness.