Did the Girls finale live up to the hype?Save
By Karl Puschmann
Because breaking up is hard to do it took Girls two attempts to say its final goodbyes. For a series that has so often struggled with consistency its exit - both of them - can only be labelled a total success.
As regular viewers of the show could attest, this was by no means guaranteed. Just like its central characters Girls has displayed flashes of brilliance over the years while wrestling with its flaws and occasionally succumbing to its worst instincts .
But over the past two weeks creator/writer/star Lena Dunham orchestrated a satisfying and confident conclusion to her show. Each character, including the increasingly stellar supporting cast, got their goodbyes, wrapped their arcs and ended up in their right place.
Even Dunham's character Hannah, who, at the very end of it all, had done the unthinkable and left New York, a city where "people literally shit in the streets", for a responsible teaching position at a pastoral out of town university.
Is it a cop out that they all lived happily ever after? Girls prided itself on its messy realism, its insistence that life was not something neat and tidy and easily understood. Its characters were chasing that naive ideal because, at heart, they all believed they were special and deserved it.
So yeah... I guess it is a bit. But it offered closure and besides, who really wanted to see them ride off miserably into the sunset. Better to go out dancing.
These two final episodes both served as very separate and distinct farewells. The first, fittingly titled Goodbye Tour was more traditional and upbeat and would have felt very familiar to fans of Girls producer/writer Judd Apatow.
The four girls, Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna burned their friendship to the ground with another blazing row. The power of everyone's self-involved righteousness obliterating any hopes of reconciliation. As they squared off in the bathroom at Shoshanna's engagement party. Words were said. The sort of which there is no coming back from.
"I have come to realize how exhausting and narcissistic and ultimately boring this whole dynamic is," spat Shoshanna with barely contained venom. "I think we should all just agree to call it."
Was that Dunham taking a thinly veiled swipe at her critics? Most likely. But it worked and the girls stormed out then stalked out a separate corner of the party in which to skulk and sulk in.