I'll say it on record: Like many other twentysomethings, I worship Lena Dunham. While I don't always agree with the choices she makes regarding the direction of her Emmy-winning show Girls (um, that scene with Adam?), it would be difficult for any young female to not relate to her work. And, recently, Glenn Whip of the Los Angeles Times gave us a glimpse into Dunham and Season 2's most controversial moments. Could she explain Adam? (Can anyone explain Adam?) Read on to find out.
How Will the Show
Cope Without Charlie?
Season 2 was basically the Year of Charlie. Seemingly overnight, the character (played by Christopher Abbott) went
from playing in a garage band to being the hottest new app creator in
New York. But while Charlie got everything together, his ex-girlfriend Marnie (Allison Williams) was
falling apart and did everything to get her old boyfriend back. It
wasn't until the Season 2 finale that Marnie and Charlie finally
recognized they belonged together. They were back on, and
totally solid — until Abbott chose not to return for Season 3 of the series. Fans
were troubled. What would Girls
without, well, one of its boys? Dunham, however, has your answer, and it's kind of brilliant: “If
the show Girls relied on guys, we'd be up a creek without a paddle.
Don't worry. I've tried to come up with an emotionally honest version
of the end of that relationship.” Let's hope it doesn't involve
Charlie leaving Marnie for the uber-hipster,
artisinal-mustard-selling Audrey, though.
So... Just How Crazy is Adam?
At the end
of Season 2, Adam is seen saving Hannah from an OCD breakdown — but
it's hard to cope with the image of Adam as the dark knight of Girls. His sexual behavior has often been called
into question on the show, mainly because he seems to enjoy
degrading his sexual partners. When Adam told his girlfriend Natalie
to “get on all fours” — despite her telling him she wasn't
super comfortable with it — many accused Adam of rape. How did Dunham feel
about the scene? “I don't think Adam is a villain. If he thought he
had even touched the R-word, he would be unable to live. To me, it
seemed like a terrible miscommunication between two people who didn't
know what they really wanted.” Maybe, but should we really be
glorifying Adam as the male hero of the show when he's constantly
crossing the line with women?
Is Hannah Hot Enough for Joshua?
Forget Adam's shocking scene — other viewers felt more offended that Hannah could hook-up with Joshua, a doctor played by dreamboat Patrick Wilson. And if we were offended by these comments, imagine how Dunham felt. “I get so tired of having to cry out "misogyny," but that's what's going on in this situation. People questioning the idea that a woman could sleep with a man who defied her lot in the looks bracket hews so closely to these really outdated ideas about what makes a woman worth spending time with. Really?”