Lena Dunham’s uber-popular HBO show Girls recently announced that season six will be its last. For millions of young women who tuned into the hilarious, raw, sometimes controversial—yet always relatable—series, the announcement was a painful realization: It’s time to find a new crew of fictional friends. Or is it?
Fans of another hit HBO show about four women navigating life, love, and friendship in New York City know that, like all soaps, there’s always hope for resurrection. Sex and the City famously returned with two big-screen adaptations, which drew audiences but left many feeling the characters were spoiled by overly polished storylines and bow-tie endings. At the Sundance Film Festival’s TimesTalk with Norman Lear last week, Dunham hinted that Girls could one day meet the same fate as its predecessor.
Girls is about “this really incredibly specific period in these women’s lives and just on a personal level, you know I was 23 when I wrote the pilot; I’m going to be 30 as we shoot the sixth season,” Dunham said of her decision to end the series. “It just felt as though if we were to continue on, it wouldn’t be about what it was originally about; it would be taking these characters and almost like it would be the equivalent of moving them to California, only California is them like getting married and having kids, and stuff like that, and it just feels like, at this point it makes sense for us to wrap their stories up.”
A reference perhaps to Sex and the City’s first movie, when Samantha (Kim Cattrall) moves to California with boyfriend Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis), only to discover she’s a New Yorker at heart. But Dunham wasn’t closing the door on the possibility of a Girls reunion.
“I’m like, I would love in 10 or 15 years to get us all back together and go to Dubai—nothing would make me happier,” Dunham said with a smile, likely alluding to Sex and the City 2, released six years after the TV show ended, in which the characters take an epic trip to Abu Dhabi together.
Whether Dunham was joking or not, you can be sure we’ll be watching Girls till the very end. After all, we’re friends forever, right?