Why season five of Girls was the best ever

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Loyal readers of this blog will know that I have a love-hate relationship with Girls and I have been tempted to quit a number of times, especially around the series two and three mark. But it seems now that Lena Dunham has the end in sight, she has found direction, knows exactly where to take each of these characters and has created a freaking masterpiece of a season five along the way.

My main issues before were that some of the episodes were so inconsistent and unrealistic, I didn’t find it particularly funny and I disliked most of the characters most of the time and I just couldn’t relate or sympathise with them at all. This season has changed that completely – sure, I still find Hannah annoying at times, ditto Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), but I cared about their storylines way more. They made sense and they seemed to matter, rather than being frivolous time-wasting plots.

I began to feel positive about the show towards the end of season four with Hannah and Adam’s will-they-won’t-they storyline and the finale was the most heartbreaking ever. I hoped season five would maintain that standard and it has, consistently. Every episode has been great – even the Shoshanna in Japan one. I just feel like the characters have a purpose, Lena Dunham knows the end game and is focussed on getting the characters where she wants them to be by the end of season six (next one is the last). It has made the writing sharper, funnier and totally relatable/realistic. You watch it thinking, ‘that is EXACTLY what I would have said in this situation!’ I didn’t love every episode on the exact same level, Homeward Bound is a weaker one, but I didn’t dislike any – which is still an improvement. And the last two – DAMN. So good.

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Sure, Hannah is still annoying – the way she treated Fran (Jake Lacy) was not cool but I can understand why she did it – that’s the difference. I could see why she was feeling stifled although yes, she is still massively immature and self-involved. It was so sad when she realised Jessa and Adam (Adam Driver) were together, and the way she handled it was surprising and amazing, and the finale ended suggesting positive things for her. Shoshanna is the most annoying for me – it’s the way she talks – but she hasn’t had too much to do this season and I could still relate to her struggle.

The stars for the series though have been Marnie and Jessa. I related to Marnie the most in the very beginning but then she became whiney and selfish and I really hated how she got with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). But the episode Panic in Central Park is in my top three season five favourites (besides the last two episodes) because I just love how much character development happened. The way she ended her marriage with Desi was so brutally honest. Such good writing.

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Now I have never liked Jessa. She is mean and miserable and I could never understand why anybody hung about with her, but she has had the best character development this season because you can tell she is so conflicted between her relationship with Adam and her friendship with Hannah. I’m not cool with what she’s doing but the way it all turned out in the finale was fantastic – I repeated her speech to Adam about not being able to forgive him cos it was just so damn good. The fight was a bit overdramatic though – why trash your apartment?!

I also want to give a shout out to Elijah (Andrew Rannells) because he hasn’t had THAT much to do emotionally before, but his relationship pitch to Dill (Corey Stoll) in the penultimate episode made me the saddest I’ve ever been at this show (besides the season four finale). I want him to have a boyfriend! That broke my heart. I hope he gets a guy in the end.

So now I cannot wait for season six!

 

Comments

  1. Lovely stuff, although I don’t think any of the characters are meant to be particularly sympathetic, and I don’t think that should bar your enjoyment of their calamities. I’ve written a few episode blogs for this season. Check them out if you want:

    https://watchingthingsblog.com/2016/04/23/girls-season-5-episode-10-i-love-you-baby/

    • Hannah Wales says:

      People always tell me that I should be able to like unsympathetic characters but I rarely find this the case – especially in TV when you are seeing so much of them! Thanks for the comment – I’ll check out your stuff 🙂

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