Re: How I Met Your Mother: Barney and... (Spoilers ahead...)
I was referring to the Voyager
methods of taking what everyone has been waiting for and fading to black just as it happens in the finale.
I'm not saying all shows don't pay-off. In fact, especially earlier in its run, HIMYM
did a good job with paying off on previously mentioned things and/or call-backs (the goat, Halloween, interventions, etc.).
"When I reach for the edge of the universe, I do it knowing that along some paths of cosmic discovery, there are times when, at least for now, one must be content to love the questions themselves." --Neil deGrasse Tyson