Lena Dunham’s HBO comedy returned for its final season last night. The series has had quite a cultural impact over the last six seasons, and we’re not ready to say goodbye.
Girls has offered a voice to Millennials, using its platform to depict the realities of life for a particular group. The series has strived to represent women as equals to men, whether that be through sexuality or mental capability. But, Girls has also received a ton of controversy for portraying Millennials as self-indulgent, and somewhat oblivious to reality.
Last night marked the beginning of the end for Girls. The leading women are now well into the end of their twenties, and their stories are coming to a close.
For the last time, we’ll see Hannah (Lena Dunham) struggle to become ‘the voice of her generation’. Both, a character and a writer, who would rather express her ideas than be well-liked. More often than not, she pranced around naked on the show. She wrote herself into scenes where she revealed herself to the world and took the criticism that was constantly thrown at her in response to her nudity.
The characters on this show are all controversial, which is what makes it even more brilliant. Dunham is able to tap in to her real, albeit privileged life, to demonstrate that all humans are flawed. Through ambition, insecurity, self-pity, and self-love, Girls gave a voice to women who sometimes felt that these facets of life could not coexist within themselves. That you cannot be ambitious if you’re insecure, and you cannot express self-love if you embody self-pity. But the reality is that you can and Girls offered us a visual narrative of that fact.
You can watch the trailer for Season 6 here and the final season on HBO, Sundays at 8pm EST.