In the Season 3 finale of Girls, it looked like Adam and Hannah were finally over for good. A shared history of self-sabotage and their common talent for always being the strangest people in the room were not, as it turns out, enough to keep them together amidst their growing differences. In fact, those qualities were factors in their eventual breakup — which was not exactly mutual or friendly, if you recall. But flash forward to Season 4 of Girls, which starts Jan. 11, and (based on the new trailer HBO recently released), both Adam and Hannah are firmly in love and in a relationship once again. So what gives?
Last season ended with Adam declaring that, now he and Hannah had evolved into serious romantic partners, he couldn't continue to have the kinky, out-there sex that they both enjoyed earlier in their relationship. He also accused Hannah of being jealous of his Broadway success. Hannah, in turn, declared that she was going back to school. In Iowa. Hannah left Adam at his big premiere, went home, and kissed her acceptance letter, smiling a huge, proud smile. It seemed pretty clear that these two were over — at least for a while. These two characters are so perfectly, weirdly right for each other (and Lena Dunham and Adam Driver have such great chemistry together), that it was hard to believe they wouldn't eventually get back together. But from looks of the new trailer below, that reconciliation already happened — offscreen.
As you could see, it only took the trailer 25 seconds to address the Adam-Hannah situation, via Hannah loudly declaring that she doesn't want to break up with Adam. Me thinks the lady doth protest too much. At least, she doesn't sound super convinced she's made the right decision. Just look at the face she makes while she and Adam galavant around Brooklyn: not a good sign.
Also look at her face as she's saying she doesn't want to break up. Yeah, I'm not buying it.
On the one hand, I'm not thrilled with this turn of events. I was excited to see what Hannah Horvath would look like without Adam, single and free from all restraints in a new part of the country. I'd like at least a few episodes of her trying to make it work with a more normal guy. I'd also like to see her overcoming the loss of her first real love. I think Dunham has it in her to deliver some really creative, exciting material, and one way to do that would be to put Hannah in a situation we haven't seen her in before.
But on the other hand, I really enjoy watching Hannah and Adam's relationship. Sure, if they were both real people I'd never want to know them, and I would probably think that some of Adam's past behavior veered toward abusive. But Dunham understands all of that. Sometimes, those abrasive qualities are the whole point. Adam and Hannah are fictional, however, that means that I can just enjoy peering into their odd little universe which, as self-centered as it is, is also filled with a very unique kind of love and trust that we very rarely see on TV.
And, despite the fact that they are, technically, still together, Adam and Hannah are now long distance. This is something new and scary for both of them. So, despite their non-breakup, I don't think we'll be seeing the same relationship as in past seasons. Maybe Girls is finally growing up.
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