Entertainment 'How I Met Your Mother' finale has a good-enough farewell Josh Radnor as Ted, Cristin Milioti as The Mother on the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother." Photo Credit: Fox / Ron P. Jaffe By VERNE GAY firstname.lastname@example.org March 31, 2014 9:34 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Meet mom. Actually, you've already met mom on "How I Met Your Mother," which ended nine seasons last night. She's Cristin Milioti, aka "The Girl with the Yellow Umbrella," and she did apparently have a name after all, too (Tracy McDonnell). But mom wasn't the point of the story, as it turns out. Robin (Cobie Smulders) was. Go ahead and admit it: You saw that coming anyway, right? We haven't got nine seasons to tell you, so quickly: Mom died six years ago, or 2024 in "HIMYM" time (the series is actually set in 2030) thus confirming a fan theory that's been in circulation for months. Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) had been relating this long (very long) story to his two teen children as a pretext to get their permission for him to ask out "Aunt Robin." She had been his first big love nine seasons ago -- in fact, the love that launched this hit (along with a blue French horn; that's also a long story too, and you haven't got all day.) Robin and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) who got married in last week's episode, got a divorce in last night's finale, which essentially set up the entire series. (Behind every cloud is that old silver lining, as you may have heard. Behind that one was Ted's. . . . ) Perfect finales are impossible, and "HIMYM" lived up that fraught tradition: Those somewhat bloated forty-four minutes drifted and sagged, filling up airtime with stories that most fans probably would've been content to have left untold. But it was sweet, sentimental, good-hearted, and gentle. Plus Ted ended up with Robin. And after nine pretty good seasons, maybe that was more good enough. By VERNE GAY email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.