This logical consequence of the fan-powered sequel/remake/reunion movement is absurd and completely disrespectful, not to mention a long shot (not that I wouldn’t be shocked if it happened, either by giving in or wanting to just get the team back together). This ending was in place for 9 seasons, and no matter how poorly executed it was, it’s still what the creators intended.
It’s quite a dangerous venture to clash with the people who make your entertainment, or deny that they are the ones in power. Despite himym working itself into a corner with its title (or rather, its execution of that title), Bays & Thomas had a thesis (what that thesis was is unclear to me*, but that is their right!). Showrunners are given a platform from day one to tell a story. That story is their property from start to finish. So when we do not allow creators to deliver on their premise, and alter the ending in some way, we cannot possibly still be loyal even to their original work. I.e., if we ask for a new himym ending, we do not have the right to read any other part of the text (seasons 1-8) with any depth or meaning, because until we see the finale, we cannot assign every episode a complete meaning, for better or for worse.
[*One might have thought that their thesis was “there is no ‘the one’” and Ted finally realizes this by being able to move on from his marriage, however (a) the title and the little dropped references (umbrella, student in lecture) taught to focus on the mother, not on Robin, so in Saget’s narration the show seems to support and fetishize this concept rather than be critical of Ted. I find it hard to believe the narrator is meant to be on the same level of delusion as Ted, because then he serves no purpose (b) the arc of Lily and Marshall’s relationship does not support this either.
I’m holding out hope for the day when audiences finally stop placing demands on entertainment content creators. Just because you liked something doesn’t mean you need more of it, or need to influence what is produced.
Why not take a step back and let the system keep churning out more new things for you to come to enjoy? HAVE YOU SEEN HOW ROCKIN’ TV IS LATELY?!!?!?
(P.S. re: Veronica Mars movie: I find no fault in a creator going back to the fans years later for support and resources to make a sequel; however, from what I have heard, this particular sequel was all about pleasing the fans and giving them more of what they previously enjoyed rather than build on the premise/characters and develop something more textured. I know I shouldn’t fault any of the parties involved for this desire, especially because the development of this movie came out of a mutually beneficial relationship. BUT: we are facing a future of being able to pay for exactly what we want. In some ways that is glorious, but in others… I don’t know that I can trust us!
Do we really benefit if we assume the only thing that will make us happy is what we already know will make us happy? Don’t do yourself that disservice!