‘Girls’ Final Season Celebrates Half-Years and Moving Forward

(Image Credit: HBO)

(Image Credit: HBO)

Last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Girls projects Marnie forward in new and exciting ways that seem to be trending this season. As Marnie storms out of her manipulating-husband-infested apartment, she walks into experiences outside of her repeated codependent behavior, and consequently, into troubling situations that only she can save herself from. It is this moment that we have been waiting for, and it is Marnie’s shining proclamation of independence at the end that heralds her as a new woman, cultivating her life in meaningful ways outside of what she expected— outside of the marriage she always wanted, and the lifestyle she thought she would always lead. This notion—that there is life outside choices you see others making around you—is uncomfortable, but the most authentically progressive movement I have seen of Marnie since that awkward song she sang to Ray way back when he was dating Shoshanna.

Marnie is not the only character cutting a path through a tangled twenties experience. I’m all for taking control of your sexuality and nurturing healthy relationships that harness your ties to each other in both physical and emotional ways, but Hannah’s selfish behavior continues to bubble to the surface when she deletes Fran’s nudes from ex-loves—an honest conversation might have been a healthier decision, but hindsight is always 20/20, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t have done the same. However, paired with her unconditional support of her father’s burgeoning exploration of his sexuality, it is her refusal to take Fran’s overprotective and overzealous teaching advice that makes me applaud her movement towards an independence that allows room for others to rely on her for a change.

Shoshanna’s time has been long overdue. I have always felt Shosh’s character as underused—I always  am left wanting to know more about her when an episode ends—but this season proves she carries her weight in this show as someone who has arguably taken the biggest steps towards an adulthood she understands while staying true to herself. Her cultural exposure this season is both becoming and pushes her to a sophistication that I know I have personally always wanted from her character. I see her in more vibrant color than ever—maybe it has something to do with that apartment in which she lived, which I now want so badly, but anyway—and I’m looking forward to seeing her next moves.

Jessa’s transformation, while less physically dramatic, is still revolutionary for her character. She has gone down some pretty deep and dark rabbit holes in past seasons, but here she is finally clawing her way to her own light. Known for her eccentric lifestyle choices, Jessa proves this season that the winds change and so do we. Her treatment of those she loves, particularly Hannah, has not shifted, but her decisions moving forward have. Selfish as ever in her decision to pursue Adam regardless of Hannah, Jessa’s decisions are proof positive that her character is growing in strength and independence, as she sheds the veil of friendship she so loosely upheld. This season shows a more vulnerable Jessa that is fighting urges and making decisions that reflect her push towards a more thorough and happier self.

The important thing to note is that in this season, perhaps more so than in any other, we have seen monumental change for these characters. Marnie, Hannah, Shoshanna, and Jessa are more independent and less likely to crumble the minute anyone asks anything of them. They are stronger in their selfhood, even though their certainty is never absolute. However, perhaps the most significant trait of this season is that through their decisions, through their growth, through their movement forward, these characters stay grounded in experiences that make them relatable—maybe even too much so. That’s why we love them. That’s why we hate them. That’s why we watch every Sunday. That “25 and a half” years that Marnie boasted of in this Sunday’s episode is taking on new life, shaping these individuals into functioning characters that we understand as we grow older and not necessarily wiser, but at least we’re getting there.

 

For your thoughts on Girls this season, please leave a comment below! I would love to hear your opinion!

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10 Gifs or Less: Getting to know HBO’s ‘Girls’

GIRLS (Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO)

GIRLS (Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO)

Many people only know HBO’s Girls as the show where Lena Dunham is frequently naked. And, while there is quite a bit of nudity throughout the series, it shouldn’t be the only thing people focus on. Girls is a witty, funny and painfully relatable show about being in your twenties and trying to figure out life. Luckily, the four main characters are able to depend on each other when things get tricky (most of the time, at least). If you’re unsure what the show is about or if it’s something you want to watch, check out these 10 .gifs to get a better idea! Continue reading

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An Interview with ‘Treme’ and ‘The Butler’ Actor Colin Walker

Colin Walker (Image Credit: Jeff Lorch)

Colin Walker (Image Credit: Jeff Lorch)

Colin Walker is an accomplished actor with a strong background in theater, film and television. Walker is currently starring as FBI Agent Collington in the HBO hit series Treme, now in its final season, and can be seen as John Ehrlichman in Lee Daniels’ critically acclaimed The Butler.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Walker for an interview on The Daily Quirk and found him to be incredibly kind and insightful during our conversation. Read on for the interview where Walker talks his current projects, how he got his start and his native New Orleans. Continue reading

"The witch no. 1" lithograph (Image Credit: Joseph E Baker / United States Library of Congress)

Why You Should Be Excited About Jenji Kohan’s Upcoming Salem Witch Trials Show

"The witch no. 1" lithograph (Image Credit: Joseph E Baker / United States Library of Congress)

“The witch no. 1” lithograph (Image Credit: Joseph E Baker / United States Library of Congress)

Apparently, it’s the season of the witch on television with shows like Witches of East End, American Horror Story: Coven and Sleepy Hollow. But this is one trend I won’t be complaining about. In fact, I’m ecstatic, particularly since this new round of TV witches is already inspiring more of the same.

The most recent witch-y show announced is Jenji Kohan’s as yet untitled HBO period drama on the Salem Witch Trials. This news comes only a few months after a similar announcement from WGN America, whose upcoming supernatural-oriented show Salem is set during the same period. Continue reading

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

What to look forward to in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4!

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Although there hasn’t been a specific date set for the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 4, I can deduce from previous seasons it’ll probably start just as Girls Season 3 is ending – aka, late March.  Production started back in late September, which you can read all about on makinggameofthrones.com – the official production diary of the show. Of course there are a million websites promoting spoilers already for the new season but any GOT fan already knows they can find everything out if they simply read the books. Some fans even refuse to watch the show until they’ve caught up via the books instead (I have one of these friends). I, on the other hand, refuse to read the books until I’ve seen the show – I like the suspense!   A few things I’m looking forward to in the next season since Season 3 was so traumatic: Continue reading

An Interview with ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Star Christiane Seidel

Christiane Seidel (Image Credit: Matt Sayles)

Christiane Seidel (Image Credit: Matt Sayles)

Christiane Seidel loves her job, and I don’t blame her. Currently starring as Sigrid in Boardwalk Empire, Seidel gets to showcase her expansive acting talents playing the wife of disgraced Agent Nelson Van Alden (now going by the name George Mueller and played by Michael Shannon), using an amazingly convincing Norwegian accent and showing off her character’s unexpected willingness to do very bad things to help her husband. It’s one juicy good role and Seidel’s on-screen chemistry with co-star Shannon has this Boardwalk Empire fan, and many others out there, wanting the show to visit the Muellers more often.

When I spoke to Seidel for this interview, I was genuinely taken by her enthusiasm for the role of Sigrid, and acting in general, both on screen and stage. She was a wonderful sport, discussing everything from what first attracted her to the Boardwalk Empire role and what we can expect in Season Four’s final episodes, to working as a Sex and the City tour guide early in her career. Read on for the full interview with everyone’s favorite murderous Norwegian nursemaid, Boardwalk Empire’s very own Sigrid, actress Christiane Seidel.

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5 Reasons you should be watching ‘Boardwalk Empire’!

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (Image Credit: HBO)

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (Image Credit: HBO)

I must admit that I didn’t care much for Boardwalk Empire after watching the premiere episode 3 years ago; I think I had the patience for two episodes then stopped watching. Frankly, my reasoning was mostly due to Steve Buscemi being sexual in this show – it just gave me the heebie jeebies. Don’t get me wrong, I love Steve Buscemi but mostly for his bad assery not his sexual prowess. During Season 2, my brother and a good friend couldn’t refrain from raving about how good the show was and that I should be watching it blah blah blah. After much badgering, I finally succumbed to the pressure and started back at Season 1. By the end of the premiere season, I was hooked. Oh Jimmy Darmody, you stole my heart!

After many dramatic twists and turns, I’ve gotten to the current season and it has not disappointed me. So, here are five reasons why you should be watching it too: Continue reading

An Interview with ‘True Blood’ Actress Jamie Gray Hyder

Jamie Gray Hyder (Image Credit: Jamie Gray Hyder)

Jamie Gray Hyder (Image Credit: Jamie Gray Hyder)

Jamie Gray Hyder has the kind of drive, focus, and talent that catapults a young actress from modeling gigs and small spots here and there to homes across the US with an ever growing role on one of television’s hottest series, True Blood, in just a few short years. So much more than just another pretty face (ok more like a gorgeous face, but you get the point), Jamie has been working towards her acting dreams since an early age, achieving her B.A. in Theatre and Film Studies before heading out to L.A. to make it all come true.

In Season Six of True Blood, Jamie Gray Hyder reprises her Season Five role as wolfpack member Danielle, who’s moving towards the front of the pack both in the eyes of viewers and pack master Alcide Herveaux, played by Joe Manganiello. We recently got to chat with Jamie about what lies ahead for her character, the pack, and the rest of the supes in Bon Temps this season.

Read on for the interview…

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The Top 5 Craziest ‘True Blood’ Moments!

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton in TRUE BLOOD (Image Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)

Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton in TRUE BLOOD (Image Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)

It is hard to pinpoint the five craziest True Blood moments, because let’s face it there is basically a WTF moment in every episode, but here are my top five craziest of the crazy moments from the bloody good HBO series. If you’re not up to date on the show, be warned spoilers lie ahead… Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Finale ‘Mhysa’ Recap

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

After last episode I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch the finale, what other horrors would they subject us Stark fans too?  The episode starts off with The Hound escaping Lord Frey’s castle with Arya who unfortunately sees her brother’s body being carried around with the dead wolf’s head attached. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 309 ‘The Rains of Castamere’ Recap

Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Richard Madden as Robb Stark and Oona Chaplin as Talisa Maegyr in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

Holy crap this was the worst episode EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robb Stark is finally listening to his mother’s advice after realizing she was right about Greyjoy not being sent to negotiate with his father.  Catelyn Stark looks over his plan and points out the flaws in his and he takes the advice.  Robb also apologizes to House Tully for turning his back on the marriage pledge with his house.  Walder Frey is a dirty old man who decides to dissect the reasons behind Robb’s broken oath, aka, publically sexually harass Robb’s wife.  There is something very off about this situation. Continue reading

An Interview with ‘True Blood’ Actress Amelia Rose Blaire

Amelia Rose Blaire (Image Credit: Dechart Photography)

Amelia Rose Blaire (Image Credit: Dechart Photography)

The cast of True Blood is growing for season six, adding several new recurring and featured actors. Among them is the lovely Amelia Rose Blaire, whom you may recognize from one of her prominent guest spots (on shows like 90201 and Grimm) and will definitely recognize from the latest True Blood trailer (staring longingly out the window at a levitating Eric Northman). Amelia has one of those fresh faces that’s instantly identifiable (I remembered her from Touch the minute she appeared in the True Blood trailer) and brings an energy to the screen that may provide some new “life” to the show in its sixth season (no pun intended, although she will be playing one of the few humans left on the series).

The Daily Quirk recently had the opportunity to chat with Amelia Rose Blaire about all things acting, True Blood, and the films she has on the horizon. Read on for the interview…

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5 Reasons to be Stoked for ‘True Blood’ Season 6!

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman and Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam De Beaufort in TRUE BLOOD (Image Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman and Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam De Beaufort in TRUE BLOOD (Image Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)

The vampy, campy, over the top True Blood is just days away from its Season 6 premiere and I couldn’t be more stoked to watch.  Why you ask?  Well, here are five good reasons you should be stoked too. Continue reading

An Interview with Actor and Writer Jim Piddock

Jim Piddock (Image Credit: Jim Piddock)

Jim Piddock (Image Credit: Jim Piddock)

HBO and the BBC have come together to present Family Tree, a mockumentary television series about a man in his early thirties (Chris O’Dowd) discovering his family’s genealogy. Created and written by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, the eight episode series follows the hilarious branches of one man’s quirky Family Tree, beginning in England and then moving on to the United States, after he receives an inheritance from an aunt he never met. After viewing the premiere episode, I was lucky enough to land an interview with Family Tree’s creator/writer/actor Jim Piddock where we discussed the show, writing, and what else he has in the works. Read on for the interview… Continue reading