So here it is, the alternate ending. No deaths. No divorces. No drama.
Even though it was conceived right from the beginning here's why I think the original ending was a disappointment:
1) It was immensely rushed. We've been living with this group of friends on an almost week to week basis for 8 seasons. And suddenly the last episode covered about what? a decade was it?
2) The focus of the last season. A whole season dedicated to a wedding and that couple gets divorced in a matter of 2 minutes. Why would you torture us with their wedding preparations and wedding for 22 episodes if they're just going to break up in a by the way HORRIBLY depicted Argentina (seriously, some research wouldn't hurt) because Robin is a workaholic. She's been focused on her career since day one. That wasn't going to change. Maybe their divorce was inevitable but I was always a big Barney and Robin fan. If Robin was going to make it with anyone it was going to be Barney. Which brings me to my next point...
3) Ted and Robin do NOT work! This is clear even before they start dating. They lead totally different lives and most importantly want totally different things in life. This isn't something that's changed. Plus, they kinda worked as friends when Ted wasn't sulking over her.
4) Mourning the Mother. You get this cute little actress who at first seems like the least hot in the pool of attractive women Ted's dated, and you make us love her. She looks like Lily, she really gets along with the gang, and most importantly she is perfect for Ted! You kill her off and we don't even see Ted shed a tear. I mean, come on!
As if this weren't enough, it feels like Ted can finally get with the one he really loves (and his kids' are more than ok with it.) We've been waiting for the mother for 9 seasons only to have her ripped away from us in 5 seconds. The fact that he goes back to Robin after this tragedy makes Tracy's death feel like a cheap gateway to Ted and Robin being together (and most probably breaking up eventually.)
Anyway, let's just pretend it ended like in this video!