Girls finished its provocative six-season run with an odd, low-key provocation: a just-okay episode lacking all the typical trappings of a finale. And it does feel that way.
"Latching" didn't have any of the signatures of a finale. We see a new layer of Hannah, a more reflective person and one able to empathize. And then hearing the sweet sounds of Grover nursing, Hannah's encouragement, the hope in her voice, and her gentle and whispering rendering of the song "Fast Car", the same song she told Marnie to stop singing in the car, is her moment acknowledging it will get easier, and that's it all going to be okay. So really, it kinda figures that Girls would air and immediately reject its own perfectly effervescent finale in favor of ending with a new kind of loneliness and sense of renewal altogether. Which seems to hit the nail on the head. Nobody's comparing themselves to a Hannah, Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), or Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) anymore like they'd identify with a Sex and the City character. Hannah Horvath of Girls has grown up. Hannah wakes up in shock.
Hannah agrees to Marnie's offer because what does she have to lose?
Tricia: Marnie, of course, makes everything about herself. "Who else is here!" "That was the season where you said I had to get out of your dressing room or you were going to punch me, ' Dunham reminded her". She has a long way to go.
This Sunday marks the finale of Girls, Lena Dunham's hit HBO show about a millennial foursome of friends chasing their NY dreams post-college. Marnie's wild-eyed pitch is that all of Hannah's other friends have abandoned her and Marnie is the one who remains, so she wins the title of best friend and the dubious honor of being a stand-in parent. She has some advice about breastfeeding. But him finally accepting what she's giving him is not the point.
Lena reckons Hannah will be a mix of a "terrible" mum and a great one. Marnie begins to sing in the vehicle. You can't delete his text", she tells Hannah, re: "having a baby. This becomes the episode's central conflict: He refuses to breastfeed, and it's making Hannah feel like he hates her. And while she was the sentimental one who wanted to keep the group in tact, her actions - not really talking to Hannah in her time of need, among other things - proved otherwise. Hannah is learning how to be okay - because she will be. What begins as bathroom small talk erupts into a full-blown war of words.
'You called my mom?' Hannah asked incredulously while wearing a breast pumping vest.
The enduring image - a amusing one - was the sight of Hannah outside her house, outfitted with a pair of breast pumps that looked like a couple of flugelhorns sticking out of her chest. She's come so far, but she still has a long way to go.
But she walks home, cop following her to safety, without shoes, without trousers. But also, Marnie didn't seem super jazzed about crashing on her mother's couch, and she seems a bit too eager for a new project after the untimely ends of both her marriage and her family band. Hannah's initial thought is that this girl is being sexually abused. As it turns out, the girl is upset about being told to do homework.
People and thinkpieces have been wondering whether Hannah's pregnancy storyline is a way of trying to shove her into true adulthood. She sees the largeness of motherhood, and the journey to fit into those jeans, those shoes, that role.
Tricia: The whole episode is pretty amusing.
To end the series with Hannah as a young single mother was a surprise to most fans, but she and Dunham were passionate about the idea, Konner said, adding that the two cemented it around Season 4, when they discussed the eventual ending of the show with HBO. We didn't want to end it with someone being like, "Should we call Child Services?" But it felt to me, always, like there was some kind of maturation that wasn't going to come necessarily from work or a romantic relationship that was going to find Hannah. I don't care what happens to Shosh. That loneliness can drive you insane. "I hate my best friend now, and all because I didn't know how to let him go", Loreen explains. There, they all ended up dancing, joyful and carefree and together. SATC tapped into that solidarity and held onto it.
Dunham: Honestly, it was probably from an early reading of The Heidi Chronicles, if I really have to examine it. It remains to be seen if Girls will be seen as a cultural touchdown of this generation in the next decade or so the same way SATC was.