Lena Dunham and Allison Williams have 'Girls' Finale Viewing Party
- Noah Barnes
It was the type of self-centered declaration only an idealistic, fresh-out-of-college twentysomething could make. The look on her face is a look we've been waiting to see from Hannah for six seasons. I felt like he was looking to cast me as a representative of (someone) who is perhaps the whitest girl imaginable, and I was very happy to make sure that I deployed all of that whiteness that I've had my whole life to this character to make sure that she was full around the edges with everything that she needed to be - white privilege and all of the issues that are dealt with in this movie. A more likely response: "Ugh, they're all bad". "I think we found kind of a creative way to do that". That's a decent, bittersweet idea, but it was too abrupt a break for me, most specifically because Marnie and Hannah barely even interacted and, though the show has shifted its character dynamics drastically over the course of its run, I always felt Marnie and Hannah were the foundation relationship of the series.
Redemption: In the last two seasons of Girls, especially, Hannah began to acknowledge that other people might have feelings and opinions, too. But it's not like Marnie is on vacation right now: She's helping her very grumpy, very hard best friend raise a human child in a town she doesn't know, away from all their friends and family. But Hannah is convinced that Grover hates her. The sound of Grover suckling runs over the end credits, along with bits of Hannah singing "Fast Car" to the kid.
Hannah while taking a bath opened up to Loreen about her insecurities over raising a child. The first: Hannah offers her jeans and shoes to a girl who has come running, screaming, out of a house half-dressed, and who - it turned out- had been running from a tyrannical mother demanding she finish her history homework. I'm over here doing something totally different. The big story is Hannah's anxiety over breastfeeding, which is a metaphor for her anxiety over being a parent, and she throws a typical Hannah tantrum and goes on a long walk through town while Marnie has cybersex with a dude pretending to be a British pilot. No, she didn't apologize to her mother or Marnie, who was there helping her, but she was back on track.
This season, Shoshanna told Hannah, Jessa and Marnie that she was exhausted of their narcissism. It's easier to successfully swaddle a tiny body if your own wasn't recently split in half by childbirth, and if you have a Marnie, she'll make it look easy. This all began with her, as well, sitting across Hannah at a dinner in some NY restaurant and informing her that the purse strings were about to be finally severed. Or at least, a glimpse of how they're doing. When Marnie realized she couldn't handle her best friend, she calls Hannah's mom for help. While Marnie needs to metaphorically get off Hannah's teat, Grover is having the opposite problem: failure to latch on. She's come so far, but she still has a long way to go.
Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) are living together just like old times, only this time Marnie's trespassed her way to nanniehood. After a meltdown by Hannah, Marnie made a decision to call Loreen. After all this time, she understands what the job is. "I love you the most". And that's part of the projection we have for Hannah. But in apologizing to Hannah, Jessa was also able to both acknowledge the importance of her betrayal and the regret she had because of it. Season 1 Jessa didn't have regrets about anything.
As for whether or not this show could go the way of Sex and the City and Entourage and go into the realm of a feature film, we'd once again say that it's possible, but it would nearly go against the intimate nature of this show to move forward and throw these characters into something that was a little bit more bold and big.
There were moments in the final episode in which this reality of new motherhood came across: the interrogation of her fill-in pediatrician (there's always one doc that you just don't quite trust-no matter their decades of experience), the post-partum trousers that could fit a Marnie along with a Hannah and might as well have had "I give up" stitched along the waistband, the Bisquick that Hannah dumps into a bowl (to drink?) because, she snipes at her mother, you need "like 2,000 extra calories" to breastfeed effectively.
"Girls" with a depiction of Hannah still fumbling at adulthood.
Hannah returned to find Marnie and Loreen smoking and swigging red wine on the front porch. Plus, becoming an uncle and caring for his flighty sister's child instilled responsibility into him as well.
Lena reckons Hannah will be a mix of a "terrible" mum and a great one. Actually, it's much more trying and wearing on the series' only enduring friendship.
Getting Hannah out of Brooklyn to a bucolic upstate idyll is the metaphoric equivalent of getting her out of that cluttered head of hers. As much as they comforted each other, they could also be toxic for each other as well. Thankfully, Hannah's mom shows up to put everything into perspective. The less glamorized version of female friendship that Girls offered was refreshing in the post are-you-a-Miranda-or-a-Samantha age.
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