'Girls' Series Finale Recap: Groundbreaking Series Ends In Motherhood

Five seasons ago

Five seasons ago

The 20-something Hannah Horvath - played by the show's creator Lena Dunham - and her New York City posse of Jessa (Jemima Kirke), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Marnie (Allison Williams) gave the millennial generation their very own Sex in the City, with all the ups and downs that a female-driven dramedy series should deliver.

This, along with Hannah's concerns about what kind of man she's capable of raising, made me wish the show had more seasons to portray parenting as realistically as it did the experiences of a certain type of young single woman. One of the best lines of the episode was Hannah's retort to Marnie's jazz-night idea: "A live jazz trio?" She's just struggling to understand it all, to really feel it all.

The series concluded with Hannah singing Fast Car to her baby.

In the end, Hannah resolves the problem on her own.

Then, halfway through the episode, Hannah and her mother fight about the enormity of Hannah's responsibilities now that she's a mother.

While this is going on, Hannah runs into a teenaged girl running through the neighborhood without trousers and shoes. Hannah goes into ranting mom mode but the girl runs off with her clothes, so she's forced to walk home in nothing but an oversized sweatshirt.

At home, Hannah tries to breastfeed. Marnie was also previously living in her mother's home gym and her band had broken up, which could have also been additional motives for the sudden move.

After an unhelpful doctor's appointment, Hannah lamented, "What if there's a student I want to f-k?"

Tricia: Marnie, of course, makes everything about herself. It takes time. And Hannah apparently has that epiphany when telling the girl to just go and do her homework - and then also telling her to just go and screw her boyfriend.

"Girls" chose breastfeeding, but there are a million other ways that such ideals lead women to believe they're not doing motherhood "right".

Redemption: One of the most important lessons of your twenties is learning what you don't want, and as Marnie stumbled through relationships and career paths, she was able to realize what she didn't want out of life. In the end, Marnie is the one who is still there with Hannah. "But that is as far as that rumor has gone". Hannah, of course, would never name a child something from the top baby names list. Konner explains why Shoshanna cut herself out of the group, "She's been feeling it for a long time, probably since the beach house episode. I'm doing my best, I'm reading all the books, but honestly, it's too much - and you're not even acting that mature". And that's part of the projection we have for Hannah. Like her mother says, she can't reimburse her tuition or break the lease.

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. Episodes were often akin to short films, even if they weren't intentional one-offs like this season's bruising "American Bitch" (where Hannah confronts a celebrated and possibly predatory older male writer) or season two's melancholy standout "One Man's Trash" (in which Hannah spends a weekend in a handsome brownstone with an equally attractive man and realizes with some disappointment that she just wants to be happy). Hannah's initial thought is that this girl is being sexually abused. But Loreen's not here to bail Hannah out. Plus, becoming an uncle and caring for his flighty sister's child instilled responsibility into him as well.

Dunham: One the one hand: bad. Girls always found a way to get at the varied and complicated and infinite pressures of growing up without leaning on the language of cliché.

The final season of Girls was always a high wire act of maintaining its unique and often unusual methods of storytelling, with its inability to stop itself from becoming just like other traditional shows of its kind.

Bless Hannah's mom for giving her daughter a reality check. As much as they comforted each other, they could also be toxic for each other as well. Just like the teenager's mom, Hannah has other stuff she'd want to do. And getting callbacks helped him remember that he was a good performer after all - but would never succeed if he didn't work at it.

Thank you. This was exactly the kind of attractive ending Girls deserved.

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