Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

'Girls' Season 6 Spoilers: Hannah Gives Birth In Series Finale Episode

'Girls' Season 6 Spoilers: Hannah Gives Birth In Series Finale Episode

Ending at six seasons, and with an episode entitled "Latching", this one skillfully removed Hannah (Lena Dunham) from the hyperbaric chamber of her own head - a newborn will do that - and concluded in a surprisingly sweet, genial place. And it does feel that way. All of the characters were moving in new directions, and the final five minutes of the series tied in all the emotions a good series finale should.

"We were obsessed with our finale and we talked a lot about other shows that we thought did it right, but we actually sort of purposely didn't model ours on anyone else's", Dunham shared with Rolling Stone "The ninth episode of the season is sort of the more traditional finale, and then the 10th is nearly like a short-film epilogue". Marnie is also all about Hannah and Grover; she is reading all the books, is a whiz at swaddling, and tries to encourage Hannah to keep at breastfeeding and to not be negative because that energy will be rubbed off on the baby. And this time, I realized that the moments I loved in season six had been scattered through Girls the whole time. Hannah wakes up in shock.

Hannah agrees to Marnie's offer because what does she have to lose?

Bless Hannah's mom for giving her daughter a reality check. "Who else is here!"

'I'm here. I win.

She then walks home to find her best friend and her mom outside while Grover sleeps upstairs.

'Good. That's good Grover, ' Hannah told her baby as the credits scrolled.

Jessica: In the vehicle ride back from the doctor's office, Marnie waxes poetic about the beauty of breast milk. And thanks to two dysfunctional but passionate relationships (with Hannah and Jessa), his next one will be his healthiest yet and turn him into the hipster Brooklyn dad he's so ready to be.

So yes, I think that last shot, from the previous episode, when all four girls are dancing in Shoshanna's apartment, is completely fitting for a "Girls" season finale. After six seasons spent trying to force together the fragments of a friendship that had always been broken, Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shosh finally agreed to go their separate ways, to be their own women, to untangle themselves from the toxic mess they call friendship and embrace adulthood head on. But it's not like Marnie is on vacation right now: She's helping her very grumpy, very hard best friend raise a human child in a town she doesn't know, away from all their friends and family.

"What other friends do you have?" she asks Hannah. She wasn't just Hannah's "future foretold", but Hannah's mother, and in some elemental way that only mothers can be, she was Hannah herself. It calls to mind previous episodes, such as "Another Man's Trash", or "American Bitch", that also presented Hannah in a vacuum. What begins as bathroom small talk erupts into a full-blown war of words. Hannah asks her mom. Hannah rolls her eyes at Marnie as she intones about "sacred time" and "liquid gold", but there those exhausted phrases are, central to the dilemma Hannah faces in the finale.

Loreen has little patience for her kid's histrionics. It's clear that the Auntie Marnie phase is about to come to an end.

Why He's Terrible: Don't think the awfulness was limited to the girls. Hannah worries that the girl, who is running away and screaming, is in serious trouble. Loreen then wanted to chat with Marnie about Hannah. She's just another mom nurturing her child.

Tricia: The whole episode is pretty amusing.

Jessica: This was a really amusing episode, but I have so many doubts. And that's one of the most exciting and scary things that can happen to you when you're acting, it's like really until it was happening and until the scene was done, I had no idea whether it was going to happen and whether it was going to read. "We gave him formula, and he liked it", Marnie says.

"Do you know how insane this economy is right now?"

Tricia: As an ending it was fine. You've said that you knew immediately that you wanted to do the film. The joke was just how wrong each of them was about the other. There, they all ended up dancing, joyful and carefree and together. SATC tapped into that solidarity and held onto it. I couldn't fit years of frustration at the show's emotional water-treading into each review, and so each gapes at the novel growth its characters achieve, and the incisiveness they bring when not forced to dick around in the same old self-defeating cycles. It remains to be seen if Girls will be seen as a cultural touchdown of this generation in the next decade or so the same way SATC was.

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