‘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.

 

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Ashleeeybash: Emma Watson. Rowan Blanchard. HeForShe. Kickass Women (PART ONE)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

#Girlpower. I was given this idea (Thanks Ading Andy) to talk about Feminism and to be honest, I didn’t know what I wanted to say exactly. But then everything came out like word vomit and I realized there’s so much to say but where do I even start? I want to applaud all the women out there being kickass in their field and fighting for what’s right. I’m sorry I had to cut this in two pieces but did you really wanna sit there watching a ten-twelve minute video? What women do you admire? Let me know!

* I apologize if I’m not accurate on some things.

A Breakdown of Taylor Swift’s Squad

(Image Credit: Taylor Swift/Instagram)

(Image Credit: Taylor Swift/Instagram)

Alright, alright, alright. If you follow me on Twitter, you can see just how much I wish I was part of Taylor Swift’s squad. Seriously. Taylor has created a group that defines #SquadGoals. But, to be honest, I can’t even keep up with who’s actually in the squad or who’s just a special guest. That is why this article needs to happen. We’re about to give you a break down on Tay Tay’s squad once and for all. Continue reading

GIRLS (Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO)

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

The cast of GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

‘Girls’ Season 3: What Do We Want to See?

The cast of GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

The cast of GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

HBO’s Girls has finally released the long-awaited Season 3. For most fans, going through a whole year of waiting has been a huge let down. We have gone from bursting with excitement to bursting with frustration. Thankfully, as 2014 approached we all remembered that we had some more Girls to look forward to. The problem is, do we actually remember what to look forward to in Girls?

Personally, I think we need to do a re-cap of the Season 2 finale, “Together, to help remind ourselves that we waited a whole year for a good reason. Let’s get to the big plot points a.k.a. the ladies of Girls. Continue reading

5 Reasons I am super-pumped to watch Season 3 of ‘Girls’

GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

I bet some of you had forgotten that Girls was about to start again. Well guess what? It’s coming to you right after the holidays just in time for your resolution to watch more quality television. A lot of rumors were spreading during the filming of this season about cast changes and possible newly formed egos after last year’s awards. So, after doing a little online digging into the new season these are my five reasons why I am looking forward it. Continue reading

NYC Girls Then & Now: Carrie vs Hannah

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in SEX AND THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO) / Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in SEX AND THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO) / Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in GIRLS (Image Credit: HBO)

If you’re a warm-blooded American female, you’ve heard the relentless comparisons between Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw and Hannah Horvath of Girls.  They’re both writers living in NYC, one fourth of a quirky girl-clique, and an indirect “voice of their generation”.  As someone who has unhealthy obsessions with both shows, I can say that the relation between Carrie and Hannah goes a little deeper than that.

We truly connect with and are inspired by these women…i.e. we want Carrie’s outrageous shoe-habit and Hannah’s 48-hour romance with a gorgeous doctor.  There’s a crazy magnetic pull between these HBO character and their viewers. We just can’t seem to let go of them, even between seasons of Girls and long after the series finale of Sex and the City.   These women play a more important role in the average female audience member’s mind than most other television characters, and with good reason. Continue reading

Why I think ‘Girls’ is an awesome show!

(Image Credit: HBO)

(Image Credit: HBO)

Girls is an HBO dramedy about young twenty-something girls living in New York City and finding out what they want to do with their lives. Being typical Generation Y creatures, the finding out goes slowly and is paid for by mommy and daddy (until they cut you off that is).  The show is created by Lena Dunham: she writes, directs and stars in the show. Very Auteur! Very sincere! Before you read anymore, be aware: spoilers ahead! Continue reading