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As I am realizing we are coming to the end of yet another season, I am starting to think about Barney's wedding. Now, from what I recall, and my memory is not always the greatest (blame it on the four kids who stole my brain cells), Barney's wedding will be shown in the season finale. I believe that this is still a glimpse into the future, if you will, but still it will be shown in the finale.
So now the question is, do we want Barney to marry Quinn? And more importantly, do we really want Barney to get married, ever??
I had to sit and think about this because on paper, Barney and Quinn are a great fit. He does love strippers and he doesn't seem to mind the fact that all his friends have seen most of his lover's lady parts, or does he? It would be a shocking twist that one of the reasons that Barney does not marry Quinn is that it really did bother him all along that she was a stripper. What was that old saying, who's going to buy the cow when you get the milk for free? But then again, this is Barney and he does not fit into the same mold as most men, so maybe, even deep down her job does not bother him that much. He did seem awful interested that she would quit stripping when she got married. If Quinn does marry Barney and ultimately become the mother of his children, that will be rather awkward for Ted's kids to know their "Aunt Quinn" used to be a stripper. It has not gone unnoticed that he has not called her that (Aunt Quinn) to his children. Don't you think that if everyone else is affectionately called "aunt or uncle" by Ted in the flashforwards, that it would only make sense for Barney's wife to be called Aunt Quinn? It could be a way for the writers/creators to keep us off track and guessing but it would seem weird, if they called him Uncle Barney but did not call his wife Aunt.
Which brings me back to the second part of my question, do we want Barney to get married at all?
In theory, it would be downright sad if Barney did not end up married with children. Earlier this season, it seemed like he really wanted to be a Dad someday. But maybe that someday never happens. Maybe Barney stays single past the flash forwards we have already been witness to. It would be nice if everyone's "endgame" was to be happily married, but that is not always the case in life. Perhaps, Barney never truly gets over Robin and even though they aren't together, he can't find anyone that compares to her?
I still haven't figured out which path I'd rather Barney take, which is one of the great things about this show. I know they are still on the books for at least one more season, but I hope they stick around a bit longer than that. There are still so many stories left to tell.