HBO’s Girls has been running strong for five seasons since 2012, with Season 5 debuting soon,, and the Lena Dunham show has just been renewed for its sixth and final season. According to Dunham, ending the show now feels right and she had previously thought ending the series at Season 6 would be the way to go.
“I can’t imagine a more fulfilling creative experience than Girls,” Dunham said in a statement. “The freedom and support that HBO has given Jenni [Konner], Judd, and me is something rare and beautiful. The commitment and originality of our actors has been stunning, and our crew is truly my family.”
— Girls (@girlsHBO) January 6, 2016
When Dunham, 30, first created the show, she was only 23-years-old. She got to experience her 20s while on the show, which was also focusing on a group of young women navigating life in their 20s. Reaching the age of 30, Lena sees it as an appropriate time to end the series.
Lena Dunham spoke of the show last year on The Elvis Duran Show, E! Online reports, and stated that the wheels were already in motion to map out a proper finale for Girls. Knowing when and how to end the show has always been important to the writers and producers.
“Never say never, but that is the way we’re thinking about it right now and we’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women. It’s really exciting. I started working on this show when I was 23, and I’m going to be 30 so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world.”
One of Girls other co-stars, Adam Driver, has just become a household name with his villainous role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Driver stepped away from the show before its fifth season, due to a busy schedule filming in a galaxy far, far away. His character in the show, also named Adam, broke away from Hanna and her world to further pursue his acting career. Hanna and Adam have had a pretty complex relationship from the very first episode of the first season. Dunham felt that since they never seem to be on the same emotional page at the same time, it would be best and natural for the two to part ways and possibly explore other relationships. As well as themselves.
Ending Girls after six seasons may be a smart idea. One advantage HBO has is their structure for shorter seasons than those of regular, network television. HBO can produce 13 or less episodes per season, while the usual number of episodes for any given season on network TV is around 22-24. Lena prefers this method, especially in the United Kingdom, which produces television shows with episodes of 10 or less for every season. Lena herself isn’t a fan of television shows running well-past their prime.
But what will the show’s creator be doing once Girls reaches its finale?
“There are so many talented female actors who are not getting the jobs they deserve,” Lena Dunham continued. “I would love to be creating parts for those actors rather than necessarily being that actor. But you never know. Maybe ‘Girls’ will end, and I’ll miss it so much I’ll suddenly be like, let’s relaunch ‘Two and a Half Men’ with me and Jon Cryer.”
For now, outside of Girls, Lena is already busy with many other activities. She has removed herself from the world of Twitter, campaigning strongly for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, recently began hosting a new podcast all while running her own online newsletter, Lenny.
Girls will premiere its fifth season on HBO on Sunday, February 21 at 10 p.m.
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