After 9 seasons, here is the wrap up of what happened on last night's finale of "How I Met Your Mother."

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On Monday's series finale of How I Met Your Mother, we finally learned how Ted met the kids' mother. But the twist at the end is what people will be talking about, and what many fans are howling about.

We learned early on that the Mother -- whose name is Tracy McConnell -- is the bass player in Robin and Barney's wedding band. That's why she's waiting at the train station at the same time Ted is. Meeting her convinces him to stay in New York instead of moving to Chicago.

But the gang's individual lives move forward, and the group isn't what it once was.

  • Barney and Robin last three years before they get divorced.
  • Marshall and Lily are about to have baby number-three when Marshall finds out that he's getting a second chance to be a judge.
  • Robin's career as a newscaster makes her a household name, and the rest of the gang lament hardly ever seeing her.
  • After their divorce, Barney returns to his womanizing ways -- and gets a girl pregnant. Becoming a father is the thing that really gets him to settle down for good. 
  • Tracy and Ted have the two kids and stay together for seven years before they finally get married.

That brings us to the year 2030, when Ted is telling the kids the story of how he met their mother. As had been rumored for a while now, Tracy (the Mother) does pass away. But then, the twist: The kids point out that, though the story is supposed to be about how Ted met Tracy, it's dominated by their Aunt Robin. They insist that their father actually wants to be with her -- and that, six years after their mother's death, they'd be OK with it. Ted begins to call her, but then thinks better of it. The final scene has Robin's doorbell ringing, and when she leans out the window to see who it is on the street below, Ted holds up the blue horn -- the horn he'd stolen for her in the show's pilot episode.