Turns out there was two different endings the creators had in mind for the How I Met Your Mother series finale! Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas contemplated an alternate ending for the show, which will be included in HIMYM‘s upcoming DVD set (both the complete set and final season DVD).
The alternate ending does not involve additional footage but rather a different editing of the episode.
HIMYM producers and studio 20th Century Fox TV would not comment on any specifics of the alternate closing, but a source described it as a “happy ending.”
A fan-made montage of the final episode that went viral a few hours after the episode aired, created an alternate ending, in which Ted sees the yellow umbrella, meets Tracy McConnell, a train whizzes by and the screen fades to black to voice-over, “and that, kids, is how I met your mother.”
Carter Bays tweeted the following:
We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series.
— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) April 4, 2014
We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too.— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) April 4, 2014
Bays also tweeted a first-look at the complete series box-set, check it out below!
Loved or hated the finale? Get the full verdict on the series final here.