As the debate continues over the polarizing ending of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, which concluded an impressive nine-season run on Monday, executive producer Carter Bays has revealed that the show’s complete series DVD set will include an alternate ending.
In the ending viewers saw on Monday night, Ted revealed that the Mother passed away six years before he began telling his children the story of their meeting and, in the final moments of the episode, his children encouraged him to pursue a relationship with Robin, who they perceived to be someone he’d loved for a long time.
Co-creator Bays, who acted as showrunner alongside Craig Thomas for the length of the series, however, says the ending was one of two they created. “We only shot one script, but through edit-room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series. We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too. We’re going to include that version on the Complete Series DVD as an alternate finale to How I Met Your Mother,” he wrote in a series of tweets.
Bays described the alternate ending as “very different” from the one that aired. He also tweeted a picture of the legen-waitforit-dary packaging: