We got one last glimpse of Hannah and Adam's indulgent bliss, and then said goodbye when it was painstakingly clear that they were not meant to grow old together. Nearly all series finales are bad. (Yes, Hannah took Paul-Louis' name suggestion, though that wasn't in Lena Dunham's original plans.) Grover's complications with breastfeeding weigh heavily on Hannah until she cracks under the pressure to connect with her child.
Marnie is getting exhausted of always being home with Hannah, though. Hannah's initial thought is that this girl is being sexually abused. Nothing and no one, not even your Marnie.
"Sometimes there's something ― the chemistry, the fit, it's just off", the doctor tells Hannah, exacerbating her fears that her baby "hates" her. Ever-dedicated to appearances, rule-loving Marnie upholds the sanctimonious ideal of motherhood, as she reads to Hannah from parenting books and says things like, "There's a reason they call breast milk 'liquid gold". I might argue this is the best season of the entire show. I'm the best at being your friend.
While the years have clouded the public opinion of Girls, critics loved the first season for its portrayal of "real female friendships, the angst of emerging adulthood, nuanced relationships, sexuality, self-esteem, body image, intimacy in a tech-savvy world that promotes distance, the bloodlust of surviving NY on very little money and the modern parenting of entitled children, among many other things-all laced together with humor and poignancy", wrote Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter.
Proving her friendship is about tenacity: like a pup competing with her littermates, she's determined to win by being the last to let go.
Konner said, "That was like our big note from our writers".
At the Hudson Valley home, the two role play a kind of millennial "Grey Gardens". Mostly, I find it hard to separate Hannah from New York City. (Odd that the finale made no real mention of Hannah's professional goals, since so much of the series hinged on her writing career.) The show's bottle episodes are often successful, at times masterful pieces of TV writing, and Hannah is inarguably the main character of Girls-but the show's title is not singular.
And like all new mothers, Hannah's flailing.
Loreen hands her glass of wine to Hannah, who then goes inside to attend a crying baby. And Hannah's come-to-Jesus talk with the wayward youth, combined with the look of satisfaction when Grover latches, offers objective evidence that Hannah is trying to do better. Meanwhile, she treats Marnie like a human punching bag.
Konner adds, "I basically knew that it was going to end on her face in a feeling of looking towards the future and contentment".
Jessica: The finale opens with Hannah and Marnie intertwined in bed. Neither are quite ready to give up on Neverland, although they both desperately need to be weaned.
When Girls started in 2012 I, too, was stumbling through dating. Hannah bargains in a way I might have, had my husband mentioned enjoying himself for just one night - does Marnie want to eat cheese at home? But no one's giving her permission either; she's just able to fake the authority a little better, on more sleep and with fewer hormones.
Hannah storms off after the fight with her mother and runs into a teenage girl in her underwear screaming and crying, and, anxious that she has been victimized, gives the girl her trousers and shoes and offers to let her use her phone.
When I interviewed Dunham at our Power Women event in NY a year ago, I asked her what she made of all the cultural turmoil that her creative choices wrought. Hannah rails at Marnie for not being more supportive, but of course Hannah's too self-involved to see that Marnie, too, is struggling. When the teenager reveals she fought with her mother about doing her homework, Hannah loses her mind in a defense of parenting we would never expect to leave the lips of Hannah Horvath. Loreen walks in on Marnie having phone sex -"video tagging" - with a personal trainer from Weehawken.
The fact of a white girl arguing with a police officer, feeling that entitlement without thinking that it might be unsafe to whoever she's with or that that's an unthinkable activity for a lot of our population - all of those little moments.
When Loreen asks her if she's happy, she responds, "It's not my time". Loreen asks, recognizing that Marnie's put her own life on hold to stay here with Hannah, and it's holding her back.