My dad is a total 20-something (in disguise as a 50-something suburban man). With Hulu, Netflix, HBOGo accounts, he keeps up with all trendy TV shows, including some of my all-time favorites. He binged the first two seasons of Broad City last summer, was hip to Inside Amy Schumer before I was, religiously watches Game of Thrones (although he has trouble keeping up with the plotlines, but hey, don’t we all?), and, like all good millennials, my dad loves Girls.
He’s been watching the misadventures of Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams), Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke), and Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet) since the show first premiered on HBO back in 2012. And now that the final season is almost here, I asked him if he is excited to watch the girls’ stories wrap up for good.
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To my horror, he told me he quit Girls circa season four. But, upon my insistence, he agreed to binge season five. To his credit, there was definitely a bit of a lull during the fourth season, but the fifth was nothing short of a grand redemption. And after watching all 10 episodes, he agreed: Girls was back and better than ever. But he still has a few thoughts and fears for the final season. Here, everything dad hopes will happen in the sixth and final season of Girls.
“I hope Marnie doesn’t fall under Desi’s (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) spell again cause he’s such an a-hole,” my dad, ever-protective, said. “I want her music to continue to progress but she [should] stay away from him romantically.” He clearly wants better things for Marni, but Desi, not so much: “Honestly, I hope that Desi keeps cycling through ‘soulmates’ because it’s entertaining to watch.”
As for Ray (Alex Karpovsky), my dad is hoping that his poor heart doesn’t get broken again. “But it probably will because [Marni] needs more than what [Ray] can give.” I, personally, am hoping for a Ray and Shosh romance rekindle but my dad doesn’t see that happening either. “But maybe they’ll open a whole chain of anti-hipster coffee shops together,” he said encouragingly. “And whatever happened to Ray running for the community board? I want to see what happens with that plotline.”
It also seems he has grimmer expectations than I do for Jessa and Hannah’s friendship. A reconciliation seems “unlikely” according to my dad. But the girls’ friendships have seen plenty of ups and downs throughout the past five seasons, and they always come out of it for the better, right? Dad, I really hope you’re wrong about this one.
Like me, my dad does think Adam (Adam Driver) and Jessa make a good couple, but he’s hoping that they “don’t kill each other,” he said. “But it’s gonna be hard.” And as for Adam’s acting career, he’s pulling for more off off-Broadway roles. “We don’t want him to get him too successful. Like, no Jersey Boys or anything,” he mused. “Not that he would ever say yes to a role like that.” Please join me now, in picturing Adam singing “Oh What a Night,” in full Jersey Boys costume.
And of course, there’s Hannah’s ever-elusive writing career. My dad wants Hannah to gets her writing career back on track: “Maybe she can find a way to continue to teach. She was a really good teacher. But also explore her writing career at the same time.” That being said, Maude Apatow, who played Hannah’s student/friend in the fourth season was definitely one of my favorite guest stars on the show to date.
Another small detail he wants to see continue through the final season? “Hannah should keep running!” Wise words, dad.
Girls returns on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. ET.