So close. So tantalizingly, unforgivably close.
For about 56 of its 60 minutes, "How I Met Your Mother" was delivering a series finale full of emotion and sweet moments not just for Ted and the Mother, but for the whole cast. There was a sense of a normal ebb and flow to the gang's life, good times and rough patches in equal measure but with the through line of these enduring friendships.
And then, those last few minutes snatched that goodwill away, leaving a bitter, bitter taste in a lot of long-time fans' mouths.
In short: What seemed like the most out-there, wild fan theory at...