First, I thought the finale was bullshit... Now.... I'm calling shenanigans on this point. Then why did we spend a season, a SEASON of Ted "growing up" and realizing he wasn't in love with Robin? That they weren't ever going to be a good couple? They hammered that point home again and again and again. The balloon thing, the episode that had the wedding where she wanted to run away... It was about saying good bye to a part of your life, to welcome in a new part. And then, they quickly dispose of the mother off screen and somehow that means he's suddenly mature enough to get with Robin? What about Robin, did we see any of her maturing in those two minutes? It may have been their intention to tell a story about a guy having to go through all of this stuff to be "mature" enough to get with Robin, but that's not what they ended up telling. TV is not reality. And it wasn't the story they were telling. Again, perhaps their intention, but then the story got away from them. Then they didn't do a very good job of it. If it really was about a man seeking permission to date again... that he's trying to get over the death of his wife... they didn't do a good job of seeding that. They basically did a punchline to a joke. So, him getting with Robin, for me, was lame, unearned, and sorta out of left field after all the work they did to 1. Have Ted get over Robin and 2. Make it a story about getting the "one." I don't think anyone is arguing whether or not the writers had a right to tell the story they wanted to tell. I think people are arguing whether or not it was SUCCESSFULLY told. And, honestly, if they story is about Ted getting with Robin, I don't think they did it very well. We didn't see how Ted was maturing in the future, how Robin was maturing in the future in those not even two minutes. Sorry, I don't think they executed their story very well at all.