The show ended Monday night after nine seasons on air
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The co-creator of How I Met Your Mother defended the hit show’s controversial finale Monday night, thanking fans despite their split reactions.

In a series of Tweets, Craig Thomas responded to viewers’ anger over main character Ted (Josh Radnor) finally meeting the titular mother only for her to die, leaving him to move on to former flame Robin (Cobie Smulders). Some of the episode’s scenes were filmed nine years ago, Lyndsy Fonseca, who played Ted’s daughter, previously told PEOPLE.

But Thomas stood by the show’s final plot twist.

“Thank you all. I mean it: Every possible reaction to the last 44 minutes thank you all #HIMYM,” he posted, later adding, “We did a finale about life’s twists and turns and that is not always what happens but THANKS!”

Check out more Tweets about the end of the show from co-creator Carter Bays and stars Radnor, Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan below. And tell us what you think in the comments below: Were you disappointed by or satisfied with HIMYM‘s last episode?

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