If you're a diehard fan of Brooklyn-centric programming, you're probably wondering what the final season of Lena Dunham's show will bring, and one question is likely at the forefront of your mind: How will Girls end? Well, no #alternativefacts here — as someone bereft of psychic powers or a close personal friendship with Dunham, I have no clue. Happily, Allison Williams stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers and shared the ending she's been dreaming of for her character. Speaking of Marnie, Williams said,
"[She] will decide in a mutually kind of resignation, but happy decision to marry Elijah… but the nice thing about that idea of their union is that they’ve already tried to have sex. It did not work. It was a very awkward sex scene… And they can kind of just exist in a house of song and sass and snark… They can do whatever they want outside of the marriage, but as a committed couple, I think their mutual hatred and envy and love will keep them together."
The joy of this potential ending is that it manages to encapsulate what makes the friendships on the show so special, right? I mean, the thing that makes Girls simultaneously so powerful and such an adventure to watch is the way the series staunchly refuses to get sentimental about friendships or romance.
Hannah and Jessa regularly spend long swaths of time apart, whether having a falling out or simply fallen out of contact with each other; Hannah and Marnie spend most of their time engaging in the sort of low-level bickering that seems to fuel their entire relationship; and Shoshanna seems to be in need of reminding what she ever liked about her friendship group in the first place. While this is probably a more depressing version of your own connections, it sure rings a lot truer than that stereotypical romantic-comedy best friend that Mindy Kaling so perfectly satirized in her New Yorker piece on the movie industry as "The Sassy Best Friend." Kaling wrote,
You know that really hilarious and horny best friend who is always asking about your relationship and has nothing really going on in her own life?... Nope?
The entertainment industry, especially that focused on female characters, often falls short on depicting friendships by making them more one-dimensional or far sunnier than they are in reality. Girls feels so sharp about friendship because it's not afraid to make it messy. Just as in Williams' predicted (and OK, entirely unrealistc) ending, it's not just positive energy holding these friendships together, but "mutual hatred and envy and love."
Arguably, Girls has never been a romantic-comedy so much as a friendship comedy. While characters hook up and fall in love, the real tenderness of the show is reserved for the platonic bonds in the series — even if those platonic bonds are sorely tested by the unexpected hookup attempts on the series, from Hannah and Ray, to Marnie and Elijah — and as such, a happily-ever-after that match-makes two pals who have got past their sex stuff seems strangely on the money for the show.
So while Williams' vision of the ending may not be exactly how Girls plays out, here's hoping Dunham strikes on an ending that, just like Williams', puts uneasy friendships at center stage. Because that's what Girls is all about and that's why fans like me value the show.