The final big mystery of How I Met Your Mother was answered: the Pineapple Incident. Early in the first season, Ted gets super-drunk, and wakes up the next morning with a woman in his bed...and a pineapple by his side. The woman is explained, but the pineapple never was. The reveal was teased a bit in the final season, but nothing ever came of it...until now. Buzzfeed has an exclusive deleted clip that explains the pineapple. And like most answers to long-running mysteries on How I Met Your Mother, it's not very funny or interesting, but it IS a huge letdown and almost makes you wish you had never bothered to find out to begin with.
The thing is though - there are 5 MORE mysteries from How I Met Your Mother that still haven't been solved...
The best and worst thing about Lost was the lore and mythology it built - it was super-fun to discuss and theorize while it aired, but the longer it went on, the more and more obvious it was that the writers were making things as they went along, providing wildly unsatisfying answers whenever they could, and mostly just trying to use it as a way of distracting you from the repetitive character development and sloppy plotting. The same goes for How I Met Your Mother.
The show loved foreshadowing and referencing itself and setting up mysteries that might one day pay off - ranging from mysterious goats, unexplained pineapples, and slutty pumpkins. But no piece of mythology was as overdrawn and bizarre as Ted's almost-meet-ups with his future wife. He taught a class she was in! But he was teaching the wrong class! Yellow umbrellas everywhere! He sorta dated her roommate for a while!
Even in the final season of the show, they continued to tease out this overcomplicated almost-relationship, instead of committing to showing the relationship the show was ostensibly ABOUT. All the clues and hints and teases from before had been there to mask one thing - the writers were terrified of having to deliver on the premise of the show.
Barney's great when he's the cartoonish cad he was designed to be - but for some reason, the writers decided to take what made Barney such a break-out character and strip it away from him in order to make him the emotional core of the show.
It's hard to just decide Barney's a three-dimensional character after making him a decidedly one-dimensional character for multiple seasons. The shift from "he will lie to literally every woman he meets in order to sleep with them because he's an extremely horny sociopath" to "yeah but he's actually such a softie at heart and he really really loves Robin sooooo much!" is abrupt and jarring, and doesn't make a ton of sense. And it robs Barney of what makes him....Barney. Imagine if Seinfeld had made Kramer decide he needed to settle down a bit, quit the schemes, get a 9-to-5 job, and move to the suburbs. It would be unbelievable, yeah, but it would also be antithetical to the comedy of the show - which is basically the primary point of sitcoms.
And to make matters worse - it's all an elaborate joke. Barney and Robin don't last. Barney ends up having a daughter with a random hookup. And while the show pretends Barney's grown up and matured now that he's a father, he still refers to his daughter's mother as 'Number 31.' He's still the same old cad who doesn't even bother learning the names of the women he sleeps with, let alone impregnates.
Then again, his whole character arc being an elaborate gag might just be a meta-reference for Barney's love of elaborate gags?
That would be legen-WAIT FOR IT...
...haha just kidding, we're not giving them that much credit.