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Saying goodbye to ‘How I Met Your Mother’

“And that, kids, is how I met your mother.” The words everyone has been waiting for Ted Mosby to say.

After nine seasons with Ted’s seemingly never ending narration to his two teenagers about how he met their mother, the kids and viewers finally got their answer. It was bittersweet for loyal fans, but they knew the series had to end eventually.

On March 31, we said goodbye to Ted, Barney, Robin, Marshall and Lily for good. Though we will no longer be able to spend new days in MacLaren’s Pub with the gang, the “How I Met Your Mother” series DVD collection will be released in the fall of 2014 to relive all of the memories.

Over the years, “How I Met Your Mother” has assembled a rather large fan base. Matt Grimler, senior accounting major, considers himself to be an above average fan of the show. Photos of him dressed as Ted Mosby for Halloween can prove this statement to be true.

Grimler admits that he began watching three years ago when the show first came out on Netflix, and he immediately became an avid viewer of each episode premiere on television. Even so, he states that he prefers the old episodes to the new seasons, and definitely was not a fan of how the series finally concluded.

“You could tell that was the direction that they were going from the previous episodes, but I was hoping they wouldn’t,” Grimler said. “Everyone gave up on Ted and Robin getting together five seasons ago, and by the time they finally did, no one cared anymore.”

Because Grimler was not a fan of how the show ended, it was not a very difficult goodbye for him.

“I’m sad that it’s over, but the last season wasn’t the greatest. It was time for it to go,” Grimler said.

Luke Jett, sophomore human resources major, is also a huge fan of the CBS hit series. Jett watched each episode dying to know who the mother was.

“I had some theories of who the mother was,” Jett said. “For the longest time I figured Ted would end up with Robin, but as the series went on I just waited for the mother to be unveiled, and she was perfect.”

MCT Photo Josh Radnor as Ted, right, and Cobie Smulders as Robin in CBS Television Network's "How I Met our Mother."

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Josh Radnor as Ted, right, and Cobie Smulders as Robin in CBS Television Network’s “How I Met our Mother.”

(Spoilers ahead) Needless to say, Jett was disappointed that the producers of the show killed off the mother shortly after she was revealed. He states that he had rather mixed feelings about the finale, and definitely would have liked to see the mother survive.

Jett started watching “How I Met Your Mother” last year on Netflix. He had seven seasons to catch up on quickly, but he accepted the challenge. While watching, Jett grew more attached to the characters. Even so, he stays positive about the conclusion of the “How I Met Your Mother” series.

MCT Photo Ted finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, on the special one-hour series finale of HIMYM.

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Ted finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, on the special one-hour series finale of HIMYM.

“It kind of sucks that it’s over, but it will always be a great choice on Netflix,” Jett said.

Saying goodbye to a show like “How I Met Your Mother” can be difficult for fans. There are always reruns, season DVDs and Netflix to catch back up with the gang at MacLaren’s. But, for now, farewell to a series that has been legen- … Wait for it… -dary.

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