Lots of fans felt duped by Monday's How I Met Your Mother finale, and it turns out that may be just how the show's creators wanted us to feel.
Josh Radnor - who played Ted Mosby on the long-running CBS sitcom - says HIMYM's title was always intended to be a "fake-out," as the show's creators planned and partially filmed the controversial ending years ago.
Radnor says he thought showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays might change their mind after introducing audiences to "the Mother" actress Cristin Milioti, but the writers stuck to their original plan.
"Especially after Cristin," Radnor said in a recent interview. "Because she was so wonderful and the fans seemed to really take to her. So I asked them, 'Are you guys still doing that?' And they said yeah."
As for the title, Radnor says the cast and crew always treated it as something of a red herring:
"Really it was more about these are the crazy adventures and these are the lessons I had to learn before I met your mother," says Radnor. "Part of the DNA of the show is they lead you one way and then they pull you back."
Those are some good justifications, but we think it sounds like Josh wasn't too thrilled with that ending either.
You can check out the controversial final episode below or relive any of the show's legendary 200+ episodes, you can watch How I met Your Mother online at TV Fanatic.