'How I Met Your Mother' star reveals 'heart-wrenching' scene cut from final series
‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Alyson Hannigan has revealed that a ‘heart-wrenching’ scene which was deleted from the hit series may have provided more closure to viewers.
Hannigan, who plays Lily, said the deleted ‘one-second’ montage of the Mother character Tracy’s funeral was ‘heart-wrenching’.
The series finale left many disappointed as it was revealed that Ted ended up with Robin and Tracy had died by the time Ted began telling his story to his children.
“Honestly, if you saw that cut [of the funeral], it would be even more heart-wrenching than what the finale was,” the actress told TVLine.
“They were like, 'No, it's just too gut-wrenching'. And I was like, 'That's what I want. I want my heart ripped out and slammed on the floor and, like, stomped on!
"[I think it] would have been better for the audience, so that then they can process, 'Oh, [Ted] mourned. He got closure' - and then they'd be happy that [he and Robin] got together.
“Rather than be like, 'Oh, wait. She died? What? They're together, huh?' And credits. That's what I think was too fast."
The actress also revealed that the last episode was 18 minutes shorter than the original script.
Fans that were left disappointed after the emotional finale will be pleased to note that there will be an alternate ‘happy’ ending included in the DVD and complete series box set.
Executive producer of the show Carter Bays tweeted recently: "We only shot one script, but through edit room magic we had two possible outcomes for the series.
“We chose the ending we chose and we stand by it. But we loved the other version too."