How Girls Breaks the Traditional Rules of the Friendship Comedy

The job comes with benefits and a better life for her son, though as Elijah reminds her, it betrays the unwritten code of sticking it out in NY. This is what growing up looks like, and Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner should be proud of themselves for having the guts to write an ending that caters to what these characters need, not what the audience wants to see. She and Hannah have a heart-to-heart, in which Jessa reveals she quit graduate school to spend more time working on herself.

Konner tells THR, "There's something about when you live in NY there's nearly this unspoken pact with your friends like, 'It's really hard here but we are toughing it out no matter what.' When people leave we kind of treat them like traitors to the cause, like, 'Oh, I guess you're soft in the end'". She was regularly shoved around in the group, heartbroken when Jessa didn't tell her she was getting married, duped by Ray's insecurities, called a non-intellectual by Hannah. She is no longer the fumbling, virginal prepster who was "definitely a Carrie at heart, but, like, sometimes Samantha kind of comes out".

The episode eventually brought Hannah to Shoshanna's engagement party where the girls of Girls tried to remedy their slowly severing ties to no avail.

"I remember when that idea came up, it was like, 'How could she?' Shoshanna's been very light this season, and it hasn't been an accident", Dunham explains. Although it stings that we weren't privy to Shoshanna's endgame meet-cute with Byron, it makes sense why it would happen off camera: She's consciously uncoupling with Hannah, Marnie, and Jessa. That's especially true on a show as heavily talked about as Girls. As it turns out, Shosh has been the smart, well-adjusted one all along, and "Goodbye Tour" sets her up for one hell of a mic drop. But as things are, I'm continuing with "Girls" until the bitter end, which feels a little like eating most of a cookie, deciding it's not a really great cookie and sadly finishing it out of obligation. "In many ways, the question isn't why we haven't seen them together more often, but why they stayed even loosely connected for as long as they did".

"That's sort of the more hurtful thing is when the anger is gone", Dunham concurs. This is the right move for her, both as a mom-to-be who needs a stable income and benefits and as a woman who has never entirely figured out what she wants to do with her life, but has found some personal satisfaction and success from teaching. During that transition, it's natural, especially if you're living in a city as overwhelming as NY, to clutch onto the life preservers bobbing in the sea around you. She wasn't advertising it.

"Last night was their final episode of Girls", she added. She was just straight up living in her happiness. These characters have spent years trying to hold their young friendships together with tape and glue, and only now are they beginning to realize how much they've slacked on the maintenance recently. "And that's what Hannah's facing". And what did you think of all of the moving on in the penultimate episode? It has sometimes been hard to see "Girls" itself through the thicket of analysis that has grown up around the show during its six-year run. While I never missed an episode of "The Bachelor", that one episode would fill my brain-melting quota for the week - that is, until a spring break wisdom-teeth removal gave me a week in bed on Percocet, and an unsuspecting Tinder match gave me his HBO GO password. Sound off in the comments and come back to Live Feed next Sunday for a postmortem on the final Girls.

  • Larry Hoffman