I have really high expectations of season finales. I want more than just a decent episode. I want drama. I want major plot development. I need to be sold on why I should watch season 2. Girls delivered on all my demands. While I may not have liked everything that happened, a lot definitely happened and I was left wanting more.
Let’s breakdown all the craziness of the finale, character by character:
Marnie: The episode begins with a depressing scene of Marnie moving out of her and Hannah’s apartment. After their explosive fight we’re left with 2 much calmer people dealing with the consequences of saying things you can’t take back. Their awkward goodbye is so relatable for anyone who’s had a fight with their best friend. Moments like these are why I love Girls – the heartbreaking honesty in them is something rare for a television show. The silver lining to the Hannah/Marnie fall out is that I love where Marnie’s character is going. She’s the uptight one – the one who always has a plan – and now she’s completely lost. As Marnie leaves, Hannah exclaims “you don’t have a plan!” to which Marnie replies “I think maybe that’s a good thing for me.” I think it’s a good thing too, and I’m really excited to see where Marnie is headed.
Hannah: She starts questioning her relationship with Adam, and by the end of the episode they’re having a very messy breakup which consists of them yelling at each other in the street. I don’t know how I feel about this. On one hand I’m ecstatic that she and Adam are over because I never liked him. I think he’s weird, he used to treat Hannah like crap, and it really bothers me that he never wears a shirt. On the other hand, I’m annoyed that Hannah pined for this guy all season only for them to break up because he’s more committed than she is. Hannah got exactly what she wanted and then suddenly decided she didn’t really want it that bad. Adam pretty much sums up how frustrating this is when he says “you chase me like I’m the fucking Beatles for 6 months and then I finally get comfortable and you shrug?”
Shoshanna: Shoshanna loses her virginity to Ray, who is quite possibly the only character on the show who seems genuinely nice and fairly rational. It’s not clear at this point if this is going to be a one-time thing, a friends-with-benefits thing or maybe a relationship. I am hoping we get to see more of her and Ray together because they seem like a good match in an opposites-attract-kind-of-way. He did an excellent job of calming her down when she accidentally did crack, so I think he could be good for her (she’s pretty high-strung even when she’s not high on crack).
Jessa: Jessa marries the guy who wanted to have a threesome with her and Marnie. While the wedding was hilarious, I couldn’t get past how ridiculous this storyline is. I don’t understand how a show can sometimes be so brutally realistic and at other times make me want to scream “this would never ever happen!” Yes, Jessa is completely unpredictable and even though she isn’t really a “commitment” type of gurl, I could maybe believe she’d spontaneously get married as her character does things on a whim. However, what I cannot believe is that she would suddenly marry someone she didn’t even like. Jessa admits during her wedding vows that when she initially met Thomas, she found him “very creepy” and “really boring.”Jessa may have changed her mind about him, but I haven’t. I still find him very creepy and really boring.
The season finale of Girls wrapped up some storylines (like Shoshanna’s virginity) while opening up some new ones (Jessa’s marriage). Mostly it left me with a whole lot of questions. Will Hannah get back together with Adam? Will Marnie figure out what she wants? Will Hannah and Marnie’s relationship ever be the same? Will we get to see more of Shoshanna and Ray? Will Jessa’s marriage last? Hopefully we’ll get some answers in season 2!