Girls is one of those rare shows that gets consistently better each season, beginning with the divisive yet fascinating first season and continuing on through to the wondrous and very funny fourth season. What began as a show that hinged on overtly awkward moments and emotional collisions that were more distinctly abrasive than actually insightful has turned into a wise comedy about the modern forge for artistry and self-assuredness, as compared to self-satisfaction, in the so-called Millennial generation. So, there’s every reason to be psyched for season 5 of Lena Dunham‘s series, and HBO has just released a trailer for the new season that gives audiences plenty of reasons to build anticipation for the February 21st bow of the fifth season. You can watch the trailer below:
The whole gang is back, including a newly super-famous Adam Driver, who appears as Kylo Ren in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Alex Karpovsky, who will next be seen in the Coen brothers hugely anticipated Hail Caesar! That, of course, is beyond Dunham’s Hannah, Allison Williams‘ insufferable Marnie, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), and Jemima Kirke‘s Jessa, as well as Jake Lacy, who plays Hannah’s new beau following her break-up with Adam (Driver). The focus of the trailer seems to be on Marnie’s upcoming nuptials to her bandmate, Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), whose proposal came suspiciously on the heels of an unexpected breakup, as well as Hannah’s new relationship.
There’s the slightest inkling that the wedding episode coud make for the kind of viscerally lacerating emotional warfare that powered one of the series’ best episodes, “Beach House,” from Season 3. More than that, the series might be finding even more cohesion than Season 4 in its considering of bigger philosophical and societal considerations than dating and marriage, though, of course, those subjects have powered plenty of great films and television series. Girls, however, now feels perched on growing more ambitious in its ideas. We’ll have to wait another 2-3 months to see, but this easily qualifies as one of the most anticipated returns of the 2016 TV season.