GIRLS Finale Recap: Latching

Hannah's style on 'Girls' is tragic. It's also the most relatable part of the show

Hannah's style on 'Girls' is tragic. It's also the most relatable part of the show

In the series premiere of Girls, Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath claimed to be the voice of her generation. This was a show about women in their immediate post-college years trying to get by in the very specific NY of the Obama era: one where a lot of young people had migrated to Brooklyn; a creakily recovering economy made unpaid internships and reliance on financial support from parents the norm; and reputations as well as careers were built using digital tools, like Twitter and e-books. Hannah, after the five month time jump that sees her raising baby Grover, is stuck in a toxic cycle of doubt and fear, and her inability to get Grover to latch on is contributing heavily to this. There's also a film production company, podcasts, and a new deal with HBO for women-driven shorts. Every morning, Dunham texts Konner first thing to make sure her partner made it through the night.

Answer: I need a beat to kind of sit back and look at everything and think about what my next move is going to be.

She thinks no one understands her, which her mother finds laughable and proceeds to give a monologue that sums up Hannah and the show perfectly: "Well maybe she thought you'd act like a fucking grown up". In the pilot, she is the brattiest girl and explaining to her parents why she deserves money more than other people. Dunham was the headliner that summer evening because her film Tiny Furniture had recently come out to much acclaim-she was the hot new writer-director, someone stopping by this small reading on her way to somewhere much grander.

"Latching" feels more like a coda. And I think part of it is that she serves as a kind of funhouse mirror reflection of our culture, and a certain subset of our culture, that people don't want to lump themselves in with.

The too-much-too-soon argument is, no pun, relative.

The characters' storylines had wrapped up in the penultimate episode, with Zosia's Shoshanna declaring she doesn't want to be friends with them anymore, Hannah and Jemima's character Jessa burying the hatchet, and Hannah moving out of the city for a teaching job.

All were able to work out their frisson in Dunham's 2010 feature film "Tiny Furniture".

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Girls became dichotomous in that sense, and despite having an incredible last season, it led itself down a path where its final episode, "Latching", was going to fail on some level no matter how Dunham, Apatow and Jenni Konner chose to close its book. What I read I sort of dimly remember.

"I don't know when my vagina and my butthole are going to feel like two separate entities again, but I'm really looking forward to that".

In the final episode of GIRLS ever, the show gives us what comes off as more of a spin-off opportunity for a show potentially called Two Girls and a Baby than a finale episode of this show. Though the things that have driven Hannah over the course of the show-the desire to find love, to find a fulfilling career, to find happiness-still matter to her, she's no longer allowed to be the center of her own world.

In its final episodes, however, "Girls" took steps to bridge this reality gap. And that's exactly where I would have liked to have said good-bye to them. Even the character of my mom in the movie is so different from my mom in real life. Those naked breasts are anything but gratuitous, and in her wide eyes and shy smile is the suggestion that she realizes she must grow up. As a fan of both projects, it takes a while for the penny to drop. She wasn't just Hannah's "future foretold", but Hannah's mother, and in some elemental way that only mothers can be, she was Hannah herself.

"I miss everybody already", Dunham, now 30, said over the telephone last week. Or did she grow up when she made the decision to leave NY and take a job with health insurance? "It's like asking what your favorite song is, you know?" Just like Hannah did when she was younger - and just like she has to do now.

Perhaps the eight-film mini-festival she selected for BAM holds some clues. "Too many characters", she replies. It's her facing her new life, her new role, her new beginning, a brilliant shot, a ideal ending. "Latching" in this episode was really about the bond of a mother to a daughter, conferring dignity and beauty to that most special of relationships. "But she was like lightning in a bottle". After sitting through a domestic infant adoption informational meeting last week (as I personally have infertility problems), I can tell you the couples in that room with me would be happy to raise any of the 300,000-plus babies aborted by Planned Parenthood each year. She was supposed to start her job as a college professor.