And when Girls finally ends, it ends quietly. But "Latching" shows them as better, somewhat happier people. What makes this show lovely is how hard Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Judd Apatow work to make sure the writing is true to the characters, even when the result is maddening to watch. They could have thrown in a late-term abortion (and wouldn't the pro-choice media just love the "stigma-reducing" that would showcase?), but they wouldn't dare go there.
"Of course you do", Hannah says, in one of her more mature moments on the show.
After the eponymous group of friends - Hannah, Marnie, Soshanna and Jessa - chose to call their relationship quits in the penultimate episode that aired last week, the finale picked up months later after Hannah had given birth to her baby boy, Grover, and was living a quiet life as a single mother in upstate NY.
Bless Hannah's mom for giving her daughter a reality check. Jumping ahead five months to the birth of Hannah's baby, named Grover (and darker-skinned than we might expect, which could easily be read as a corrective to accusations of the show's whitewashing). And that's not Hannah's only problem.
Why She's Terrible: Unlike Hannah's in-your-face confidence, Marnie is insecure to a fascinating degree.
Then again, it doesn't look like Marnie's having too much fun with Hannah and Grover, either. They have turned into a married couple, and are having all of the daily moments that come with that.
Hannah then relented and agreed to accept Marnie's help. Just like the teenager's mom, Hannah has other stuff she'd want to do.
Even if Dunham did learn from the lack of diversity and the awkward treatment of minorities in Girls and ventured to create something more inclusive, I wouldn't be exactly excited at the idea of her writing characters of color when there are so many other qualified people who could do the job. But Loreen's not here to bail Hannah out. "When did you get here?" You can't break the lease. You can nearly see the lightbulb go off over Hannah's exhausted head.
Loreen: "Fucking everyone! For their whole lives!"
Hannah storms out of the house in pregnancy jeans. Every move she makes is motivated by how it'll look to others - not how it'll work for her. See: Everything from her embarrassing music video to her ill-advised marriage to her music partner. "Maybe she thought you'd act like a f-cking grown-up".
Jessica: The finale opens with Hannah and Marnie intertwined in bed. She storms out the door and walks around the town for a few hours, eventually losing her trousers and shoes in an attempt to help a teenage girl fleeing an "emergency incident", that turns out to be merely a fight with her mother over homework.
"It's all about trying to reconcile that anxious, addled, selfish person with the fact that someone else needs her now", Dunham told The New York Times. Hannah made a decision to give the woman her jeans, but when she asked what exactly happened, she was told that she had a fight with her mom because of her boyfriend. ("Oh, Jesus Christ", says Hannah and the rest of the planet.) She argues that she's the best at being Hannah's friend, she loves Hannah the most, so she wins the prize of a Full House-esque future. And so we were interested in just telling that conversation. Hannah can't ever go back to the GIRLS world, because Hannah's life is no longer about being a young, lost and self-involved Brooklynite. But I liked it.
In spite of being a mom, Hannah managed to make everything all about her.
Marnie is, of course, a huge proponent of breastfeeding.
"And then he'll just torture animals and keep a room like in the movie Room".
You've come a long way, Hannah.
Marnie struggled this season after her divorce. "I'm sorry we didn't make any jam".
I supposed when you call your show about a group of self-centered twenty-somethings Girls, that question is somewhat inevitable.
I would watch a spin-off starring Loreen.
Throughout the season, we saw returns of old characters from our main cast's life, such as Patrick Wilson's Joshua or Corey Stoll's Dill, and with each return the show felt as though it was building to the best possible version of a traditional TV ending. I don't care what happens to Shosh. They grew and stared deep into their own guts to figure out what was actually in there, even if they only did so reluctantly. Next week on GIRLS, there is nothing, because there is no GIRLS.
And that's all, folks!