Why 'Mother' split up Robin and Barney - Featured


How I Met Your Mother's decision to bring the Barney-Robin love story to a premature climax has left fans feeling decidedly unsatisfied. But executive producer Carter Bays insists the romance was sacrificed for a greater good: the preservation of Neil Patrick Harris' legendary ladies' man.


'None of us wanted to see Barney wearing a sweater-vest and going to bed-and-breakfasts,' says Bays, adding that it makes sense the relationship would 'Flame out fast' given that 'neither of them, at their core, really wanted to be tied down.' Bays also believes that, deep down, viewers prefer single Barney to attached Barney. 'It's one of those things where you can give people what they think they want, or what they really want.'


And should some of them feel that they really want him to settle down with Robin, Bays offers this bit of hope. '[They] could get relationship amnesia and decide, 'Hey, this is a good idea!' - he proposes. 'This could be the first of many flameouts for them.'


Bays, however, stops short of saying a full-fledged reconciliation could be in their future. 'I don't want to say reconciliation,' he says. 'But the story is not over, for sure.'


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Nov 20, 2009 4:19PM EST

I'm a little upset with how quickly it ended, since I found it intriguing to see the other side of Barney, but I can see fans of crazy-womanizing Barney being very unhappy with him and Robin. I think they would have had to be very careful to not allow the relationship to change the nature of the show, so maybe it's best that it's over. It's just rather a disappointment for it to be over so quickly after all the buildup. I would have preferred if it was left as unresolved tension, and they never got together at all.

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Nov 20, 2009 5:38PM EST

Its fine with me that they ended it early, kind of reminded me of the unnecessary Joey/Rachel relationship on Friends. Barney definitely needs to be single because that is one of the best comedic elements of the show.

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Nov 20, 2009 6:11PM EST

Just look at the "Playbook" episode, that was classic Barney and it was absolutely brilliant, while an on/off with Robin could be interesting to see how they handle it I dont really want to see them together full time.

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Nov 22, 2009 9:26PM EST

I never liked the Barney/Robin pairing, and definitely missed playboy Barney for the few eps he was with Robin. The show's dynamic would've totally changed and been ruined had Barney and Robin stayed together much longer. We already have one schmoopy couple and one terminally single, yet ever hopeful guy. We need the playboy and the girl who can't make up her mind to round out the comedy.

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