How I Met Your Mother Finale Photo Mystery: Why Is Barney Wearing [Spoiler]?

Neil Patrick Harris wrapped up his nine-year run as How I Met Your Mother‘s Barney on Thursday with…short shorts?!

In the following behind-the-scenes photo of the actor filming his final scene (as director/executive producer Pam Fryman and the crew give him a round of applause), Harris is seen wearing a very casual outfit in lieu of one of his character’s classic suits.

Did Harris say goodbye to the show with one last flashback? Or was it a flash forward? And is he purposefully hiding his left ring finger again?

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Why do you think Barney has forsaken his usual duds? Hit the comments with your theories!

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  1. Azerty says:

    Is he going to a funeral? :(

  2. Alan says:

    we saw him with a ring on his finger this week, so no he isnt hiding his ring finger its just how his hand was when the picture was taken.

    • Meg says:

      In multiple flash forwards with Barney and Robin both of their left ring fingers are always hidden. It’s a running thing with the show.

      • Guy says:

        Go back and watch this past Monday’s episode (“Rally”). In the flash forward where Robin & Barney are passed out in the wrong hotel room, they both clearly have rings on their left ring fingers.

        • Jo says:

          or go and watch the time travelers episode or the one with a flashfoward to robins dance with her dad at the wedding or the flashforward in truth episode where they get barney drunk and there is a flashforward to his work…. all of those you see wedding rings on!

          • Meg says:

            Or how about Trilogy Time and when Barney’s left hand was intentionally not shown (confirmed by the creators) or the episode with multiple flashforwards featuring Lily and Robin where Robin’s left hand also was not shown. Hence the comment above about Barney hiding his left ring finger again.

          • Jo says:

            yes in some of them Meg but it is in far from everyone like you almost made it out to be… sure there has bene many where they hid it but there has also been many where they do show it….

  3. Andrew Hass says:

    It looks like whatever the scene was it was Neil Patrick Harris’s last one on the show because everyone was applauding him i think.As for how Barney is dressed i’m thinking it’s some kind of flash forward into the future and maybe he and Robin have adopted a kid and they are having family time.

    • jj says:

      It’s been said on the show and confirmed by the writers that Robin never becomes a mother neither by giving birth nor by adopting.

      • Nick says:

        When Ted is telling the story in 2030, that’s true, but who knows what might happen if they were to flash forward until after that? That would be a twist…them adopting an older kid or teenager after Ted has finished telling the story!

        • Megan says:

          Nick, neither of them want kids. Not everybody has kids. They’re not going to adopt an older kid. Deal with it.

  4. A.B. says:

    Those are some white legs.

  5. John NYC says:

    He’s just left one of those “country-club” prisons having had Goliath need to turn him in finally…..

  6. Shar says:

    Flashforward, it’s so weird to see his final scene without him wearing a suit. I love it though!

  7. Sara says:

    I have barely watched this show, but for some reason, this picture made me very, very sad.

  8. emw says:

    just because this was NPH’s last scene does not mean that it is the last scene of HIMYM. It could be part of one of the CHALLENGE ACCEPTED or his way of telling Ted his wife is having a girl. There are many ways this could go I just know it irks me that they continually make us think that Barney and Robin won’t last. I hate that as an avid Robin and Barney lover. I hope they get their happy ending together like everyone else is seemingly getting. Either way I am sad that the show is ending but glad. It’s time.

    • Nick says:

      I hate it too! There are flash forward scenes where they don’t show her hand, but the most troubling is the one where Barney pretends to be dying and gives Marshall the exploding sub! They show both of Robin’s hands and no ring! She better be a part of Barney’s plan and it’s just that she forgot to put on her ring!

  9. C OBie says:

    He goes gay of course.

  10. Fernando says:

    He ends up game, all that time of him chasing after girls was just him trying to deny that he was gay all along.

  11. Care says:

    He becomes a tennis pro when he leaves Goliath. He’s not trained for anything else but magic. I will miss this show.

  12. Nick says:

    Maybe after being married to Robin for years, he doesn’t wear suits all of the time, or maybe he and Robin took Luke and Penny somewhere it would be weird for him to wear a suit, like the zoo or an amusement park! I’d prefer him in jeans though!

  13. guest says:

    robin on letterman said jokingly that in the series finale they are all naked. maybe barney did the terminator thing again and found himself naked and grabbed the first outfit he could find. it could also be barney trying to suck up to robins mom. since robin is rich maybe its some kinda tennis outing and hes trying to impress her. we all know how barney goes out of his way to impress the parents of his friends/lover.

  14. Delena forever says:

    It’s barney I mean come on wouldn’t it be even more barney if he was wearing a suit
    And what’s with the applause

  15. CB says:

    Maybe it’s not Barney Stinson in this photo but Neil Patrick Harris hence the attire.

  16. PM says:

    Does the car in that scene have a California license plate?

  17. Tony says:

    wild theory…what if the big secret is that one of the kids is actually Robin’s? Ted could be telling both children how he met both their mother’s.

  18. Jonathan says:

    So did this scene get cut, or what?

  19. Clare says:

    It’s from the scene where he’s telling the friends about The Playbook 2 – The Mannequin – he’s in the window of a store dressed like that holding a tennis racquet.