TV Club: Suddenly Hannah is the grown-up in the room on Girls

One of Lena Dunham’s strengths as a writer is her understanding of how weird and arbitrary people can be, and how people’s actual reactions to life’s curveballs are often different than how they would imagine reacting. So it’s no wonder that Dunham is bringing that same chaotic worldview to the story of how Hannah and the people closest to her cope with the news of her unexpected pregnancy. Hannah is conflicted about the idea of having a child, which seems to come as a surprise to her, as if abortion was the default option for a woman in her situation.

This is the same Hannah who was the least anxious when Jessa thought she needed an abortion in the second episode of the series. There was at least one point in Hannah’s life where her attitude was “If you need an abortion, you go get …

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