Throughout the five seasons of Girls, the show's characters have undergone many physical transformations. There was the incident in which Hannah cut off her shoulder length locks in favor of hair that was, in Shosh's words, like "a little boy on a fancy cookie box," as well as Shosh's transformation from shy college prep to bold, Tokyo-inspired fashionista. The men on the show, though, have remained in pretty much the same sphere of style (Ray really loves his T-shirts, you guys) from day one — that is, until Charlie came into the picture on Sunday's episode. The change in his look was so radical that a direct comparison of Girls' Charlie then vs. Charlie now is in order to see just how much is different.
When Charlie first graced the small screen in 2012, he was quiet, kind, and a tad too sweet. Clad in tasteful button-downs and sporting wild dark hair, Charlie was pretty adorable, although his sensitive nature ultimately repulsed Marnie. After a stint in which he dated a "tiny Navajo" and hung out at raves in Bushwick, Marnie dragged him back into her life only to be suddenly dumped before the duo were able to make good on plans to grill pizza. Flash forward a couple of seasons, and Charlie is donning denim on denim, a shaved head, and a whole new attitude, one that Marnie experienced when she ran into him on Sunday's episode. Clearly, as the photos below show, the new Charlie is a very different guy than the one Marnie knew back in Girls ' early years.
This is the man who "exploded a kiss" on Marnie's cheek. In other words, he seemed caring to a fault — Marnie even once compared his touch to a creepy uncle's.
Who is that man? Gone are the bouncy tresses and the cutesy smiling, which were replaced by a buzz cut and new accent. Charlie now looks like he belongs in Sons of Anarchy rather than Girls, a change that Marnie makes sure to note.
These are threads meant for strolling through Smorgasburg, or walking towards your shared office space with the kombucha and cold brew on tap. Though adorable, there is nothing threatening about a man with a homemade bunk bed.
This is not the attire you don to attend a fancy cocktail party in the Upper East Side. Charlie's decorum seems to have gone out the window, and now he favors comfort over style. Cardigan, be gone!
Upon acknowledging the receipt of an inappropriate picture, Charlie asked Marnie if she wanted one, which elicited laughter that would break even the hardest of hearts. Not quite the picture of toughness.
The new Charlie is not quite so innocent. He lives in a ratty apartment and is doing heroin, which Marnie discovers to her horror. He is looking swole, though; if Charlie returns to Girls, I'm putting in the request for more shirtless scenes.
Looks-wise, the guy has changed the most of anyone on Girls. If only he could've left the bad decisions behind in Season 1.