Note to those who loved the series finale of How I Met Your Mother: Neil Patrick Harris is in your corner!
In an interview with David Letterman on The Late Show, airing tonight, the actor told the host that even though there was a fan outcry over the series finale — which ended with Ted (Josh Radnor) getting back together with Robin (Cobie Smulders) after the death of the titular Mother (Cristin Milioti) — he was “a big fan” of it.
“It wasn’t necessarily the happy ending that people were expecting,” said Harris, who’s currently starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. “But Carter [Bays] and Craig [Thomas], who were once writers on your show and the executive producers and creators, knew this ending years ago and had played towards that. And I was a big proponent of it and a big fan of it.”
As Harris saw it, “Sometimes, people’s growth doesn’t really mean that they grow up. There are certain people who you want them to get into a solid relationship and really settle down and learn from things. And you want Barney to be the guy you can bring your mom home to — but Barney’s the guy who wants to bang your mom.”
For his part, at the end of the series, Harris’ Barney Stinson ended the series presumably single but also the father of a baby girl, who was the result a one-night stand. Meaning, no happy ending for Robin and Barney. “At the end of the day, it’s not always meant to be that way,” he concluded.