It’s been a bumpy ride for those who have been following the career of Lena Dunham, beginning with her fascinating debut film, Tiny Furniture, and continuing on with her even more divisive HBO series, Girls, which saw her partnering up with Judd Apatow. Even for fans of Girls, including this writer, keeping up with the show has proven difficult, especially in the disastrous Season 2 or whenever the show stretches for overtly awkward laughs and discomfiting situations that feel more tinny than provocative. That being said, the series’ last two seasons have been excellent, especially the now famous “Beach House” episode, and the show has become an incubator for some great performers, not the least of which being Adam Driver, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams, Alex Karpovsky, and Dunham herself. So, it’s bittersweet news that Dunham, in a recent interview, said that she’s looking to end the series after its sixth season, which would make the upcoming Season 5 the penultimate season of the program.
This is what Dunham had to say about the possible end of the series:
“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.”
As sad as it is to see such a dramatically rich series go, it’s about time Dunham got back to making movies, considering how promising Tiny Furniture was on both an aesthetic level and in terms of the screenwriting. Following that, the multi-hyphenate has only appeared in film via quick cameos in Apatow’s underrated This is 40, Joe Swanberg‘s Happy Christmas, and Ti West‘s exquisite, frightening The Innkeepers, among a few other roles of note. Girls has been her major work following Tiny Furniture, but it’s also been a continuation of the themes she visited in her debut, and as the series has grown, there’s been an increasing itch to see her tackle bigger subject matter and hone her distinct sense for visual detail on a bigger canvas.