Girls creator Lena Dunham has told us before not to expect the twenty-something shenanigans of Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshannah to endure forever, and Season 5 may signal the beginning of the end by its first trailer. Not only do the Girls finally seem to be growing up, but one might even be getting married.
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HBO’s Girls created something of a commotion last week with news that its February Season 5 premiere might push back Game of Thrones, but that isn’t stopping Lena Dunham from showing off our first footage of the new season, among other things. Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Girls Season 5, and dance like no one (not even your mother) is watching.
The 42-week wait in between Game of Thrones Seasons has been torturous enough, but even after its most hotly-contested cliffhanger yet, Game of Thrones Season 6 may put us through another agonizing month. A new realization about the HBO 2016 schedule could push Game of Thrones’ next premiere to May, rather than the April start we’ve grown accustomed to.
Granted we’ve barely made it out of October, HBO has us accustomed to a certain winter premiere schedule, among it the girls of Girls heading back to Brooklyn in January. Now, HBO seems to have shifted its schedule a bit, pushing premieres of Girls Season 5, Scorsese-Jagger rock drama Vinyl, and Mark Duplass’ Togetherness to February 2016.
HBO and Lena Dunham’s Girls has never committed to any particularly enduring premise, nor have recent seasons stirred as much controversy, and the series itself may apparently wrap up altogether before long. According to Dunham, the sixth season in 2017 will likely bring an end to Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna’s youthful exploits, and Girls overall.
Assuming by now Simpsons fans have successfully abated fears of Homer and Marge splitting up, Sunday’s Season 27 premiere will still see Girls star Lena Dunham guesting as Homer’s new ladyfriend. Not only that, but our first clip of “Every Man’s Dream” brings Brooklyn to Springfield by way of the full Girls cast.
HBO’s Girls rarely telegraphs what to expect with each coming year, but with Season 5 already in production in New York, the first set photos have yielded some surprising turns. Elementary star Lucy Liu (and possibly Jonny Lee Miller?) will guest star in the new Girls season, as Adam seemingly takes a small role on a procedural.
A ways back we learned that everyone’s favorite “voice of a generation” Lena Dunham would lend said voice to a new one by guesting on The Simpsons, but true to life, Hannah’s best Girls are coming with. Joining Dunham for the spot will be her HBO co-stars, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke.
Of every Girls season finale, “Home Birth” feels the most final — major changes and life plans happen in the blink of an eye; new lives enter this world and familiar faces fade; and perhaps what makes this episode feel so final is the “six months later” coda, which feels just as unnecessary here as it does in just about any other film or television show. That’s not to say that the conclusion doesn’t have its charms, but it might have been best saved for next season, given the powerful sequence that preceded it.
There are certain things we learn how to do as we become more adult: we learn what to share and what not to share and when to share it, and we learn how to fake smiling and being supportive to our friends and loved ones even when it kills us. There are good boundaries and bad boundaries, just as there’s good faking it and bad faking it — navigating these nebulous borders is tricky business, and no one does it gracefully, especially not Hannah (or Tad…or Loreen…).