'Girls' Finale: Show's Own Writers Didn't Want That 'Spinoff' Ending Either

18 April, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Evan Mason
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However, Hannah reminded Marnie that she wasn't breastfed, yet she grew up to be an incredible woman.

It's so much more involving to watch Marnie and Hannah live together again and hate each other with the buried viciousness of a couple that never should've stayed together.

I think that's part of what Hannah realizes when she angrily storms out of the house and runs into a pants-less teenager.

Why She's Terrible: Unlike Hannah's in-your-face confidence, Marnie is insecure to a fascinating degree. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 9. It calls to mind previous episodes, such as "Another Man's Trash", or "American Bitch", that also presented Hannah in a vacuum. Her FaceTime sex with Delvin P., a personal trainer from Weehawken, was totally fine though - and I loved her chat about it with Loreen (Becky Ann Baker).

The argument, perhaps, for ending "Girls" the way that they did, with no real feeling of conclusion, and so completely removed from the dressings of Hannah's 20-something life, is that the show never did stick with convention. It's all nervous first-time mom stuff from Hannah, like asking if the scale at the doctor's office is sanitized in between weighing different babies or sitting in the backseat of the vehicle with the baby while her partner - in this case, Marnie - drives.

Even without her trousers, Hannah channeled a newfound power in that moment as she pledged her allegiance to Team Mom. Although Hannah is beginning a new chapter, the episode shows her in a kind of liminal space, inhabiting a pre-adulthood reality.

"One of the funniest things was that our writers really turned against us on it", she says, laughing. "I quit the show.'" In an episode of Dunham's Women of the Hour podcast, Kirke explained that as Girls went into its second season, she had become uncomfortable with the portrayal of her character. The outfits were meant to make you squirm, with Dunham admitting she took inspiration from, in broad strokes, "that outfit you can't believe you wore, but you know spent three days dreaming up".

Meanwhile, Marnie was busy struggling with her situation. She clearly was not taking to motherhood very well. In Hannah, Marnie saw someone with brains, substance, gravitas. Marnie knows it's time to say goodbye to Hannah and pursue her own happiness.

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How did you decide on the way you were going to end the series, and how many other ideas did you have over the years before you landed on this one?

In spite of being a mom, Hannah managed to make everything all about her. I knew I had a whole lot to learn, but convinced myself I alreadyknew better than Girls' rotating door of self-absorbed jerks.

When asked why the Girls team chose to structure the ending that way, Konner attributes the decision to executive producer Judd Apatow: "Judd was the first person who said, 'I think we should do our finale, and then we should do the end we really want to do, so that everyone gets satisfied and we also get to - we see how everyone wraps up, we wrap it up, and we also get to see a little bit more'".

Proving her friendship is about tenacity: like a pup competing with her littermates, she's determined to win by being the last to let go. One moment in particular, in which the episode splices together jokes about Hannah talking to her baby, has the same kind of "throw improv at the wall and sees what sticks" style of his movies.

In the next episode, Shosh, Marnie and Hannah agree to accompany Jessa to a clinic where she is supposed to get an abortion. This made Hannah very angry now that she's a mother herself.

While it seemed the foursome was breaking up for good, Marnie was determined to maintain her status as the best BFF and moved upstate to help Hannah raise the baby. Even with these surface changes, however, you were often left guessing just how much this quartet were evolving. That doesn't feel super self-actualized, so it would be amusing because the audience would be like, "Hanna and Adam are my one true pair, that's my platonic ideal of love", and I would be like, "I want to get together with you and talk this trough with you". "The overall theme of the show is the mistakes we go through when we're trying to find our footing", Girls costume designer Jennifer Rogien told the New York Times: "We wanted to embrace all those factors-the youth, the first job, the insecurity in relationships, both romantic and friendship- and see if we could reflect that through the clothing". The episode is unusual because Hannah's world has become something she doesn't recognize, but life works like that sometimes.

Konner: Yeah. We were just trying to find the vaguely elegant way to show that transition for her. The final image of the show, of Hannah's content expression as Grover finally feeds, goes for poignancy.


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