TV Club: Girls: “Female Author”

How is Girls supposed to end? “Female Author” provokes that question, from beginning to end, of all its characters. Is Hannah supposed to end up a successful writer? Is she supposed to live happily ever after with Adam? Is she supposed to give up both and embark on an even more painful journey of self-discovery? Are Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna supposed to be accompanying her on it?

The answer, in this strong but unsparing episode, is that a satisfying conclusion for Girls is one in which Hannah has pulled her shit together and is at least en route to the life she wants for herself. But as long as Hannah has no idea what that is, the path forward for Girls always feels unclear, even as HBO grants it additional seasons just for showing up to work on time. “Female Author” doesn’t feel deeply significant to the show’s …

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