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HIMYM FINALE SPOILER - SPINOFF THEORY: So the spinoff is How I Met Your Father and the star has already been cast - Greta Gerwig. In the HIMYM finale - the mother of Barney’s child was only referred to as 31. I saw multiple people on Twitter say that Barney is probably the father in the spinoff. That sounds about exactly right.
The showrunners will deny it all along, just like they denied that Robin and Ted would end up together. Yeah, yeah, now they’ll say that they only said Robin wasn’t the mother, but they quite clearly - in many interviews - tried to kill off the idea that Robin and Ted end up together ever.
In this case of the spinoff, if it’s not Barney - who gives a damn?
If they go and find someone incredible to be with Greta’s character - we’ll reserve loving that dude, because we’ll assume the showrunners will ruin it in some way (death, divorce, etc).
So there you have it. Barney’s the father.
It’s *not* about wanting a happy ending. Ted is a guy who wants kids but the “love of his life” doesn’t want them. So the writers gave him another woman who gives him kids - and is a far better match for him than Robin, btw - and then she dies. Fine, life isn’t fair. I can accept her death.
But to go back to Robin? That’s where you lose me.
Tracy specifically encouraged Ted to not get stuck in his memories. And by returning - with a blue French horn - to a Robin who has reverted back to the place in her life where she has too many dogs to handle in a small NYC apt - he’s very specifically dishonoring the relationship he had with Tracy.
So that’s what bothered me about the HIMYM finale. It’s not about needing a happy ending or that real life isn’t fair. It’s about staying true to character. And I think Ted Mosby would have honored the love of his life by following her advice.