How I Met Your Serial Killer
Austin and I have a conversation about what HIMYM was really about.
Me: Chris tells me that you had this theory that Ted kidnapped those kids and was forcing them to hear his stories.
Austin: Oh, no, that wasn’t my theory. Chris actually came up with the theory; I just helped him develop it. Odd that he misattributed that; I wish that had been my theory.
Me: new idea… Barney’s playbook was actually a serial killer guide. He had all these contraptions to escape his apartment… like a chute that directly goes into the trash or the disappearing bed where he claims he doesn’t know where the girls end up.
Austin: I like it, I like it. Since that’s basically Barney’s instruction set-up. And he’s shown himself to have nothing resembling empathy. Maybe his “body count” is a literal body count? Like he’s not sleeping with these women, or if he is it’s only so he can get to them? This works.
Me: single mother childhood… told his father was a celebrity… delusions of grandeur. 250+
Austin: God, it all makes sense… It makes way too much sense
Me: The Bro Code was just a way to make sure he always had an alibi. A bro must always something for a bro and it involves interaction… it’s always coverage annnnnnnnnnnnnnd at the end he was like… the dream… is to go to jail for another bro.
Austin: It’s a series about people stuck in debilitating delusions, wracked by insanity… Are Barney and company just extensions of Ted’s madness? Narrative puppets through whom he plays his various insanities out? Or was Ted part of a group of maniacs?
Me: group of maniacs… they are clearly drunks in a basement bar… built in alibi of being at the bar
Austin: Well no doubt about that. They live at a bar.
Me: Marshall/Lily go from corporate to not corporate to corporate… known sexual deviants… Lily is known to interfere with other events. They’re raising a new brood. It’s really a story of white collared people rebelling in the most white of neighborhoods…the upper west of Manhattan. Barney is Patrick Bateman. NEIL PATRICK BATEMAN
Austin: Lawls. The rabbit hole goes deeper…So what’s Robin’s role in all of this? I feel like she’s stuck with serious delusions of grandeur, spurred on by her failed stints as a teenage pop-star in CANADA (making this shit unverifiable, which is exactly how she’d need to sell the story to her friends), desperately trying to convince herself and everyone around her that she’s worth a shit, but because she’s a phony the holes in her story keep appearing; it explains why she’s the one responsible for 90% of the drama in the group
Me: Well Robin is a displaced maniac from Canada… and as with all Canadian things… it’s lesser so her deviance is weak. It’s only in dating Barney that it’s full fleshed out.She has to learn first hand from the best. In the finale… she is single and travels the world as a reporter… perfect cover for a murderer.
Austin: I feel like everyone is wracked with delusions of grandeur in some way, shape or form. Marshall has this entire idea about saving the world, we’re constantly told how he’d later save everything… Is that why they’re all so jealous of Barney and so hateful towards him? Because they recognize the alpha-male in their midst, the man who has embraced his psychosis in ways they fear to?