AHOY! SPOILERS AHEAD!
This season of HBO’s GIRLS has received its share of negative criticism (I mean, from what I can tell from comments on the GIRLS Facebook page, anyway).
But personally, I adored it.
The show has always been praised for it’s realistic portrayal of modern life for a young woman. This season felt more real to me because work and survival came into play on a regular basis. Hannah found a shitty job at a magazine and hated every second of it, even though she was able to finally pay her bills. And she got to meet Broadway legend Patti LuPone, that was cool too.
I’m a bit of a Book of Mormon fangirl (As God as my witness, I will see that damn musical someday.), so the inclusion of Andrew Rannells in several episode was delightful. I hope his character gets more of a story next season though. HE’S LOVELY AND I LOVE HIM.
Cousins Jessa and Shoshanna both went through separate life-changing spirals. Jessa relapsed but seems to have cleaned up her act by the end of season finale. Shoshanna, on the other hand, once studious and ambitious, ditched class a few too many times and isn’t graduating on time. I usually find her character completely unnecessary and annoying but watching her rage out was kind of refreshing. And then she tells Ray (who I have such a soft spot for. What can I say? I love a man with a great mind.) she wants him back. Watching Shoshanna at her most vulnerable is heartbreaking but makes me forget about how I dislike her most of the time.
And then there is Hannah’s development. Sweet, sweet Hannah.
I hated how Hannah and Adam’s relationship withered as he got further into the play. I hated how he treated Hannah while rehearsing. Sure, trying to focus on your art, your passion, your craft is very important. But both sides have to make comprises. That’s just how it works. Couples who love one another figure it out. Adam couldn’t concentrate with Hannah around so he moved in with a friend. I can completely understand how hurt she would feel. Who wouldn’t feel hurt by that?
In the season finale, Hannah gets an acceptance letter to grad school in Iowa. She tells Adam right before the first episode of his Broadway play performance. His reaction, again, was hurtful. (I swear, I do really love that character but daaaaaammit.) Hannah’s character is often called selfish and needy but when something good finally happens to her, her boyfriend cannot be happy for her because he needs her next to him. Unless he’s doing lines. Then she has to not be next to him. (MAKE UP YOUR MIND, ADAM.)
From what it looks like, Hannah is off on a new adventure next season. I look forward to it, but I’m not sure how the show will work if Hannah is long distance. I’m sure Lena will figure it out and I can’t wait to watch.
Also, I liked her hair this season. I just wanted to throw that in there. (I mean, look at it! It’s so cute!)